Renowned museums have enjoyed the support of Credit Suisse for several decades, allowing them to stage exhibitions of international importance.
At the international level, Credit Suisse supports the National Gallery in London as well as various other art museums at the national level. In Switzerland, the bank maintains long-term partnerships with many renowned art institutions such as the Kunsthaus Zürich, the Fondation Pierre Gianadda or the MASILugano.
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. No other collection possesses such consistent quality, nor better tells the story of Western European painting. The collection belongs to the nation and is open to all, attracting a diverse public from the UK and overseas. Between four and five million people visit the National Gallery each year.
Almost all of the 2,300 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 enhance the collection, care for the collection, and provide the best possible access to visitors. Credit Suisse has been a Partner of the National Gallery since 2008.
Credit Suisse has worked with the Kunsthaus Zürich for many years, forging a relationship that culminated in official "partner" status at the beginning of 2005. This partnership manifests itself primarily in the role Credit Suisse plays as the main sponsor of its principal annual exhibition.
The Kunsthaus owns 17 paintings by Edvard Munch – the largest selection of works outside of Norway – as well as other significant collections. First and foremost among these are the collection from the Alberto Giacometti Foundation, which affords a comprehensive view of all major aspects of the artist’s oeuvre, and the most famous works by Johann Heinrich Füssli. These were recently joined by the Bührle and Looser collections. The bank sponsors each year’s main exhibition and various public relations and outreach projects, for example, an open house event.
The Kunstmuseum Basel is one of Switzerland's oldest and most renowned art institutions. It benefits from its favorable geographical location. It is therefore no surprise that after a five-year hiatus, Credit Suisse once again entered into a partnership with the Kunstmuseum Basel in 2012.
The partnership supports one special exhibition every year. The Kunstmuseum Basel collection focuses on paintings and drawings by artists from the Upper Rhine between 1400 and 1600, as well as art 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 art from the US from the 1950s onward. The Museum für Gegenwartskunst shows contemporary art.
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 3,500 square meters of exhibition space. Credit Suisse has been a partner of the Kunstmuseum Bern since 1996 and is main sponsor of several exhibitions each year. The Kunstmuseum and Credit Suisse established the "Credit Suisse Förderpreis Videokunst" in 2011, which was awarded for the first time in 2012.
Credit Suisse has been sponsoring one exhibition at the MASILugano each year since 1992. In 2008, the bank extended its support as partner of the MASILugano to include all of the museum's exhibitions. Located in the Italian-speaking part of the country, the museum has made a name for itself by hosting retrospectives and exhibitions of renowned 20th century artists. These showings are an important item on the city's cultural calendar, enhancing its image as a cultural center even beyond Swiss borders.
Credit Suisse is the Leading Sponsor of the 10th Mobile M+ exhibition series, M+ Sigg Collection: Four Decades of Chinese Contemporary Art, a brand new exhibition that is on display in Hong Kong until 5 April 2016. The collection, which goes on show in Asia for the first time, is one of the most comprehensive and highly regarded collections of contemporary Chinese art. Concurrently, Credit Suisse is also a partner sponsor of another M+ Sigg Collection exhibition at the Kunstmuseum Bern. The exhibition, entitled "Chinese Whispers: Recent Art from the Sigg & M+ Sigg Collections," is a joint exhibition by Kunstmuseum Bern and Zentrum Paul Klee in Bern, Switzerland, featuring some 150 recent works from the Sigg and M+ Sigg Collections. Credit Suisse is proud to be sponsoring both exhibitions.