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Reflecting its interest in the evolution of artistic and cultural expression, EFG has partnered with the Peggy Guggenheim Collection (PGC) since 2001.
PGC is one of the most prestigious art collections in the world. It is housed in the stunning Palazzo Venier dei Leoni on the Grand Canal in Venice, which was home to Peggy Guggenheim. The collection features major works of Cubism, Futurism, Metaphysical painting, European abstraction, avant-garde sculpture, Surrealism and American Abstract Expressionism by some of the greatest artists of the 20th century. The museum also contains Peggy Guggenheim’s personal collection, masterpieces from the Hannelore B. and Rudolph B. Schulhof collection, a sculpture garden and temporary exhibitions. One of the temporary exhibition galleries is named after EFG.
In the Americas, EFG is title sponsor of the EFG Latin America Art Award (in partnership with ArtNexus), which was created to support one Latin American artist each year. The artist’s work is pre-selected by a jury at five Latin American contemporary art fairs held throughout the year. The award aims to promote Latin American visual arts and to raise the profile of regional fairs among collectors worldwide.
The winner of the EFG Latin America Art Award is announced at Pinta Miami, the internationally renowned art fair that attracts galleries from around the globe. The fair showcases the best of abstract, concrete, neo-concrete, kinetic and conceptual art movements.
EFG became the Swiss national partner of the Béjart Ballet Lausanne (BBL) in 2018. EFG and BBL share the same values and drive to succeed.
BBL was founded in 1987 by Maurice Béjart, who wanted to bring the world of ballet to a wider audience. Today, BBL is one of the most famous ballet companies in the world and is regarded as a symbol of Swiss excellence. Artistic Director Gil Roman and his 40 dancers share Béjart’s passion for the dance and the creation, and perform all over the world at important events.
BBL Lausanne is one of the few companies able to fill vast spaces such as the NHK Hall in Tokyo, the Kremlin State Palace in Moscow, Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Athens, the Palais des Congrès de Paris, Forest National in Brussels or the Patinoire de Malley-Lausanne.
EFG has been partnering with the Istituto Svizzero di Roma (ISR) since 2005. Swiss academics and artists have been representing the ISR ever since it was founded.
Located at Villa Maraini in the heart of Rome, this Swiss Foundation promotes scientific and artistic exchanges between Switzerland and Italy. It also actively participates in a network of international institutes and academies in Rome.
The EFG Art Collection contains over 1,500 works by artists from different nations and periods, tracing an arc through history from the Old Masters to the Avant-Garde who reached maturity in the mid‑1960s and through to the present day. Among the works are creations by some of Switzerland’s and Italy’s most inspiring artists, including Bernardino Luini, Franz Gertsch and Mario Merz, to name a few examples.
At the heart of the collection is a series of artworks acquired in 2007 from the former Banca del Gottardo. In particular, this includes a group of exceptional paintings, photographs and drawings by young Swiss artists that were collected from 1968 onwards. The second major component of the collection is a selection of works by internationally renowned artists dating back to the second half of the 20th century and the first decade of the 21st century.
Around half of the works within the Art Collection – from paintings, photographs, drawings and sculptures to video art and installations – are currently on display either in the bank’s own premises or in temporary exhibitions in museums.
The EFG Art Collection today ranks as the most important corporate collection of contemporary art in the Italian-speaking region of Switzerland. The bank is a member of the International Association of Corporate Collections of Contemporary Art (IACCCA), which brings together curators of leading corporate collections from around the world.