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The Conception and Development of an Archive for Artists' Estates

The careers of artists are often promoted in exemplary fashion with grants, fellowships and prizes. And yet until now a well-designed plan for conserving their artistic oeuvre does not exist in Switzerland. The question of managing an artist’s estate has remained primarily a private matter. Following generations are grateful for the legacies and usually attempt to preserve them in associations or foundations, but experience has shown that these efforts are often ill-prepared and poorly managed. Enthusiastic personal efforts often prove to be inadequate to guarantee the long-term existence of an art estate.

ARTcurators is committed to realizing an archive for artists’ estates in Switzerland, a place where national art works of significance can be preserved, studied and presented for future generations.