Art market Magazine December 2015

 
MEETING 
 
Collection Pictet 
he has it all: beauty,…
MEETING

Collection Pictet
he has it all: beauty, a keen eye, an impressively varied career and considerable experience. Danish-born Loa Haagen Pictet had a brilliant academic career
before deciding to focus on museum work. After qualifying at the Fine Arts School of Copenhagen, then the Kunstmuseet Køge Skitsesamling, she curated several exhibitions on contemporary architecture, and the first Ferdinand Hodler retrospective in Denmark. In 1977 she went to live in Geneva after marrying the architect Charles Pictet, thus joining a great family well-known in financial spheres. After writing several scientific articles and collaborating with an art gallery as its director, she became curator of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum in 2003. The following year, she was asked by the Pictet bank to decorate their Geneva headquarters, then under construction, and suggested starting a collection. As well as meticulously seeking out its new acquisitions, she is now president of the IACCCA (International Association of Corporate Collections of Contemporary Art), which involves forty representatives of corporate collections, including those of the Deutsche

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Bank, the National Bank of Canada, Shiseido, the Standard Bank, the MAPFRE Foundation, La Caixa and the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain. In this new role, Loa Haagen Pictet has an even firmer position at the heart of companies and their cultural patronage. What is the line taken by the Pictet collection? I wanted it to convey a modern image of the institution, reflecting its traditional values and attachment to its Swiss roots. This is why we have concentrated on the Swiss scene from 1800 to the present day: a period that fits with the history of the bank, founded in Geneva in 1805. The collection features not only Cuno Amiet, Ferdinand Hodler, Giovanni and Alberto Giacometti, Olivier Mosset, Niele Toroni, Meret Oppenheim and Rémy Zaugg, but also international artists who have special links with Switzerland, like Jean Arp. It now contains nearly 600 pieces, and is displayed in sixteen of the group's twenty-six offices, including London, Hong Kong, Singapore, Geneva and Paris. The idea is to provide a welcoming setting for our clientele, together with a workplace environment that encourages people to think out of the box – because we are convinced

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Ugo Rondinone (b. 1962), "No. 246 Vierundzwanzigsteraugustzweitause ndundeins”, 2001.

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