Art reflects who we are – as a society, as individuals and as an institution. It can remind us of our collective heritage. Or point toward the future. The same goes for us – UBS. The UBS Art Collection reflects the many paths our business has taken as we have grown to become one of the world’s largest financial institutions. It incorporates key works from our former collections in both Europe and the US as well as new acquisitions – mirroring today’s global business.
With a rich collection of paintings, photographs, drawings, sculptures and video art by some of the world’s major artists from 1960 onward, we are recognized as having one of the world’s most important corporate collections of contemporary art. The collection’s mission is to build and maintain a seminal body of work that provokes thought while being inspirational. We are also committed to supporting and encouraging the artistic communities in places where we do business.
The story of the UBS Art Collection is an unusual one. Each of the firms that have become part of UBS brought their individual art collections. The core collections consist of those from our two Swiss predecessors – Union Bank of Switzerland (Schweizerische Bankgesellschaft) and Swiss Bank Corporation (Schweizerischer Bankverein) – and that of the American financial services firm PaineWebber.
Both its long and multifaceted history and the fact that the UBS Art Collection has endured for so many decades are testament to how deeply rooted art is within the company. Diversity is one of the distinguished hallmarks of the collection, which currently represents artists from 73 countries. This number continues to grow along with the expansion of the international art market.
The UBS Art Collection is headed by Mary Rozell, who is based in New York. She is supported by a global team located in Zurich, London, New York and Hong Kong.