The custodian of the art collection
Swiss Post is a committed art collector and has been supporting Swiss art for close to 70 years. Its impressive collection recently came under the care of art historian Diana Pavlicek, who intends to utilize and communicate its full potential.
Le Corbusier, Yves Netzhammer or Fischli/Weiss: The list of artists in the Swiss Post art collection reads like a who’s who of the Swiss art scene. Curator Diana Pavlicek is using her deep knowledge of these artworks to create a representative overview of over 400 pieces for the first time as the new director of the art collection. It is a task that involves a great deal of research, as the collection adorns the rooms of Swiss Post administrative buildings and branches or is housed in public spaces throughout Switzerland as part of a “percent for art” project. After the dissolution of the PTT in 1997, more urgent matters took priority and Swiss Post paid less attention to its art collection.
With the newly created Art department, Diana Pavlicek ensures that all the pieces in the collection receive the care they require as she has big plans for them: in addition to a comprehensive art education programme and exhibitions, she is also planning a website that will make it possible to experience selected artworks digitally.
Art acquisition as social commitment
As early as 1887, the Swiss government decided that Swiss art needed to be promoted. State-run enterprises were also required to follow this directive, thus creating the basis for Swiss Post’s long tradition of support for the arts. From the end of the Second World War, it has supported artists with a connection to Switzerland with an annual purchasing budget of around 100,000 Swiss francs. To this day, Swiss Post continues to take its social responsibility seriously.
Diana Pavlicek is pleased with the resulting variety of the collection: “I’m impressed with the substantial collection, encompassing many significant Swiss artists. At the same time, such a comprehensive “percent for art” portfolio, full of cultural-historical icons, is unique within Switzerland. The important task now is to maintain it and continue our collecting activities according to current circumstances. My goal is to increase awareness of the art collection internally and externally”.