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Fine arts. Curating, collecting, commissioning.

For decades we have supported renowned museums and made it possible for them to stage exhibitions of international importance. In Switzerland and worldwide. Credit Suisse's Art Collection stands for our corporate values and our commitment to young artists.


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Kunstmuseum Bern

The Kunstmuseum Bern is the oldest art museum in Switzerland with a permanent collection that spans nine centuries and includes many masterpieces by nationally and internationally renowned artists. The museum enjoys international fame, thanks to works by Paul Klee, Pablo Picasso, Ferdinand Hodler, and Meret Oppenheim.

The city of Bern founded a national art collection in 1809 and completed construction of the first museum in 1879. Classic and contemporary works are displayed alongside leading artists from Switzerland and Bern over 3500 square meters of exhibition space. Credit Suisse has been a partner of the Kunstmuseum Bern since 1996 and is main sponsor of one exhibition each year.

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Fondation de l'Hermitage

The Fondation de l’Hermitage is located on a magnificent estate dating back to the 19th century, overlooking the city of Lausanne. Temporary art exhibits are on display at regular intervals, along with the foundation's own collection. Numerous collectors and private foundations have deposited their collections at the Fondation de l’Hermitage. Credit Suisse has been supporting the Fondation de l’Hermitage since 2000.

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Kunsthaus Zürich

Credit Suisse has worked with Kunsthaus Zürich since 1991, forging a relationship that culminated in official partner status at the beginning of 2005. The partnership is particularly visible in Credit Suisse's role as main sponsor of the principal exhibition organized by the Kunsthaus each year. This year's principal exhibition is "Niki de Saint-Phalle." Following the addition designed by star architect David Chipperfield, Kunsthaus Zürich is now Switzerland's largest art museum. The four core elements in terms of content are: art from the 1960s onward, the Emil Bührle Collection, medium-sized temporary exhibitions, and a central entrance lobby as an innovative and open place to experience art.

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National Gallery

The National Gallery is one of the greatest art galleries in the world. Founded by Parliament in 1824, the Gallery houses the nation's collection of Western European paintings, from the late thirteenth to the early twentieth century. The collection belongs to the nation and is open to all, attracting a diverse public from the UK and overseas, both in the Gallery and online.

Almost all of the 2300 paintings in the National Gallery's collection are on permanent display. The collection represents the greatest Western painters including van Eyck, Raphael, Leonardo da Vinci, Turner, Rembrandt, Degas, Cézanne, van Gogh, Renoir, Monet, Rubens, Velázquez, van Dyck, Titian, and Bellini. The Gallery's key objectives are to care for and add to the collection, to display it for the public, to advance scholarship and research, and to promote enjoyment and understanding. Credit Suisse has been a Partner of the National Gallery since 2008. Additionally, disadvantaged students from London and the East-Midlands have the opportunity to enhance their creative skills during educational courses led by the Museum and supported through our Global Engagements with City Year UK.

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Kunstmuseum Basel

The Kunstmuseum Basel, one of Switzerland's oldest and most renowned art institutions, benefits particularly from its prime geographical location. The Kunstmuseum Basel collection focuses on paintings and drawings by artists from the Upper Rhine region between 1400 and 1600, as well as on artworks from the 19th to the 21st century.

The museum lays claim to the world's largest collection of works by the Holbein family. Among the periods rep­resented is the German Renaissance, with major works by Witz, Cranach, and Grünewald. Highlights from the 19th century include paintings by Böcklin, Van Gogh, Gauguin, and Cézanne. In the 20th century, the emphasis is on Cubism, German Expressionism, and US art since 1950. Contemporary art is displayed at the Museum für Gegenwartskunst. Recently expanded, the Kunstmuseum Basel is now housed in three buildings (the main building, the Museum für Gegenwartskunst Basel, and the new building). The extension heralds the start of a new era. With its three buildings, the Kunstmuseum Basel now has a total exhibition space of about 10,000 m2 at its disposal. Credit Suisse has been supporting the Kunstmuseum Basel since 2012.

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Aargauer Kunsthaus

The Aargauer Kunsthaus is one of Switzerland's leading art galleries and internationally renowned thanks to its innovative program of exhibitions and outstanding permanent collection. With over 19,000 works, the Aargauer Kunsthaus is one of the most comprehensive public holdings of Swiss art from the 18th century to the present. Through around ten large and small exhibitions every year, the museum showcases current national and international artistic approaches. A particular focus is placed on young artists and artists from the Aargau region.

Credit Suisse has been the main sponsor of the Aargauer Kunsthaus since 1995 and supports an annual exhibition. In addition, during the annual exhibition featuring artists from Aargau, it awards the Credit Suisse Förderpreis (sponsorship prize) to a promising young talent.

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The Stapferhaus Lenzburg is a unique cultural center, with a mission to tackle the big issues of our time through sensory exhibition worlds. Lively, critical, and interactive, it creates new experiences and thinking space for a steadily growing audience. The Stapferhaus is also committed to training and development, offering courses in culture management and local government policy. The Stapferhaus won international recognition in 2020, when it was awarded the "European Museum Prize 2020" for its exhibition work as well as its versatile new building.

Credit Suisse has been a sponsor of the Stapferhaus Lenzburg since 2009.

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Credit Suisse Collection

The Credit Suisse commitment to the visual arts in Switzerland takes two forms: while Cultural Sponsorship supports the exhibition activities of leading art institutions in the country, the Art Unit is building up a collection of works by contemporary Swiss and Switzerland-based artists.

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