At the forefront of creative thinking

We’re passionate about contemporary art because it embodies the spirit we stand for – questioning the status quo.

At UBS, we have a rich history of supporting cultural endeavors across the world, bringing together ideas, inspiration and opinion to enrich lives. Having collected contemporary art for over 60 years, it has become a part of our DNA. In May 2019, we made steps to share our collection even more broadly with the public, launching the new UBS Art Gallery in our New York headquarters, as a permanent space featuring works of art from our collection of more than 30,000 works and special rotating exhibitions.

We share our passion for art and collecting with a large community of clients globally and provide insight into the art market, collecting and legacy planning through our Art Collectors Circle, UBS Art Advisory and our art market research.

The innovative installation “Nexus” by Chinese-British designer Elaine Yan Ling Ng at London Design Festival transforms UBS Evidence Lab big data into a striking portrait of global air quality.

In 2019, we further internationalized our art sponsorship portfolio, enabling our clients and audiences to further participate in the global conversation around art and the art market. We inaugurated Taipei Dangdai, a new art fair supporting the growth of the local art scene in Taiwan. In EMEA, our activity expanded to new partnerships with the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow, Kunsthalle Praha in Prague, and the Artweeks@Akaretler in Istanbul, as well as an enhanced program for the Fresh Paint fair in Tel Aviv, just to name a few.

We commissioned a design installation by Elaine Yan Ling Ng that presented UBS Evidence Lab big data on global air quality, which was exhibited in Shanghai, Taipei, Hong Kong and London.

Contemporary art can spark conversations and advocate for change. We are committed to presenting artists who use their voice to address critical global issues, with a particular focus in 2019 on engaging artists as ambassadors for our #TOGETHERBAND campaign to increase awareness of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). At Art Basel in Miami Beach in December, works by Shinique Smith made from recycled clothing, fabrics and found objects were featured in the UBS Art Studio and the UBS Lounge to highlight SDG 12: Responsible consumption and production.

For the third consecutive year at Art Basel Miami Beach, the UBS Art Collection presented a female artist: Shinique Smith. Her sculptures and immersive installations of bundled found objects are a social statement.

UBS Global Art Market Report 2020

The new edition of the annual report provides fresh insight into a complex market, identifying key trends and assessing the impact of wider economic shifts. 

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