The Pictet Art Collection, founded in 2004, now contains over 1000 Swiss artworks, dating from 1805 to the present day.
Preserving and promoting art and artists is part of the long tradition of patronage that the Pictet partners have cultivated from the Group’s very beginnings in 1805. As in asset management, acquiring, showcasing and managing works of art is not something which can be improvised, but must be approached with professional dedication.
Taking the view that art serves as an important landmark in an ever-changing world, the partners decided to bring existing works together and create a unique art collection dating back to the exact year the bank was founded, and to entrust its care to experts.
The Collection Pictet therefore contains works from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries and reflects the quest for excellence, appetite for innovation and independent spirit expressed in the Group’s values.
I aspire for the Collection Pictet to cast a contemporary light on the eponymous bank, reflecting its values and unwavering attachment to Swiss roots. Our focal point encompasses the Swiss art scene spanning from 1805 to the present day, accompanying Pictet's historical journey. Works grace our offices worldwide, with the intent of creating a stimulating and inviting ambiance for our clientele. Furthermore, the Collection actively supports and nurturs the artistic community, and plays a pivotal role in fostering the creation of new works.
— Loa Haagen Pictet, Chief Curator, Collection Pictet
In the footsteps of tradition
In building the collection, Pictet was determined to remain close to its Swiss heritage, so the artists included all have a strong cultural link to Switzerland, irrespective of their place of origin.Furthermore, in the spirit of the Pictet Group’s tradition of patronage and philanthropy, the collection maintains close relationships with the artists. It also follows their development in order to provide continued support, especially to the youngest. Since one of the objectives is to build a lasting heritage, the Collection Pictet never sells any of its acquisitions, nor engages in any form of speculation in works of art.
Corporate art collection and site-specific artworks
The works of art in the collection are displayed at Pictet’s Geneva headquarters and in Group offices around the world, where, located in the various spaces, they stimulate a continuous dialogue with the premises they occupy and the people who work there. Pictet also regularly commissions contemporary artists to design original site-specific works.
The art collection also loans works to temporary exhibitions and collaborates with many museums and cultural institutions throughout the world.
Finally, the Collection Pictet is a member of the International Association of Corporate Collections of Contemporary Art (IACCCA).