UBS announced today that the firm will assume the new role of Global Lead Partner of Art Basel, reaffirming its long and substantial record of engagement in contemporary art. This new partnership is in recognition of Art Basel's expansion into Hong Kong, and is a continuation of UBS's proud history with Art Basel, having served as the main sponsor of the original show in Switzerland in 1994, followed by the inaugural Art Basel show in Miami Beach in 2002. UBS is home to one of the world’s most distinguished corporate art collections. It also serves as an active partner in global contemporary art projects and is a source of information and insight for investors and collectors through its UBS Arts Forum. “We share a passion with our clients for contemporary art, and today, more than ever, our clients want to participate in this fast-growing and dynamic field,” said Jason Chandler, Head of the Wealth Management Advisor Group, UBS Wealth Management Americas. “Through our global partnership with Art Basel, we are uniquely positioned to help clients explore and collect by providing them with access to the world’s most respected galleries and artists.” UBS’s role this year in Miami Beach enlivens past traditions with new elements. For the past six years during Art Basel in Miami Beach, UBS has featured works of art from its extensive art collection in the UBS Lounge. This year, UBS will showcase a larger number of works including 11 diverse pieces by Latin American artists from the UBS Art Collection. Curated by Jacqueline Lewis, Director and Regional Curator of the Americas for the UBS Art Collection, this special presentation complements the launch of the Latin American phase of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative. Artists include Argentinean-born artist Santiago Cucullu, Venezuelan artist Arturo Herrera, the Cuban collective Los Carpinteros, Chilean artist Alfredo Jaar, Costa Rican artist Federico Herrero, Colombian artist Oscar Munoz, Mexican artist Gabriel Orozco, and Brazilian artists Rivane Neuenschwander and Rocha Pitta. Following the presentation in the UBS lounge at Art Basel, a number of works will be on view in local UBS branches in Miami.
In addition to its partnership with the show, UBS has a longstanding tradition of participating in arts education opportunities in Miami, as a way of making the arts more accessible to our communities. UBS now has an ongoing partnership with Arts for Learning/Miami to support “ArtWorks,” a program designed to help talented young students from underserved neighborhoods in Miami to develop their artistic potential and gain valuable career skills in the arts. The program supports 29 high school students for six weeks during the summer, and 10 students throughout the year as they participate in a paid arts internship and high school career readiness program. This year, students taking part in “Artworks” will participate in an arts-related workshop hosted by UBS and led by artist Santiago Cucullu.Coinciding with this year’s show in Miami Beach, UBS will launch a distinctive new advertising campaign that builds upon UBS’s legacy of involvement with contemporary art, and supports its ongoing commitment to Art Basel. The campaign declares, “Everywhere is Art,” and communicates the role UBS plays as a trusted advisor in art and finance for its clients and the general public. Art Basel in Miami Beach, held at the Miami Beach Convention Center from December 5 through December 8, 2013, is a premier art world destination and will feature more than 250 leading international galleries, drawn from 31 countries across North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. UBS & Contemporary Art UBS has a long and substantial record of engagement in contemporary art, and actively enables clients and audiences to participate in the international conversation about art and the global art market through its contemporary art platform. At the core of UBS’s extensive art sponsorship portfolio is its long-term global support for the premier international Art Basel shows in Basel, Miami Beach and Hong Kong, for which they serve as Global Lead Partner, as well as a global partnership with the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation. The UBS global art sponsorship activities are complemented by a number of regional partnerships including the Swiss Institute in New York, the Nouveau Musée National de Monaco, the Fondation Beyeler in Switzerland, and the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney. UBS is also active in the contemporary art world through the UBS Art Collection and through the expertise of the UBS Art Competence Center. For more information please visit: www.ubs.com/art UBS Community Affairs & Corporate Responsibility, Americas UBS Community Affairs & Corporate Responsibility, Americas is dedicated to providing under-resourced, high-potential individuals with access, advice, and education to help develop more enterprising local communities. To do this, we combine direct engagement with strategic grant-making at the nexus of education and entrepreneurship. In 2012, UBS donated $12.8 million to carefully selected nonprofit organizations and charities in the Americas to advance our mission and give back to the communities where we live and work. To that end, UBS employees volunteered more than 110,000 hours last year in coordination with our global community partners.
About UBSHeadquartered in Zurich and Basel, Switzerland, UBS is a client-focused financial services firm that offers a combination of wealth management, asset management and investment banking services on a global and regional basis. By delivering a full range of advice, products and services to its private, corporate and institutional clients, UBS aims to generate sustainable earnings, create value for its shareholders, and become the choice of clients worldwide. UBS is present in all major financial centers worldwide. It has offices in more than 50 countries, with about 36% of its employees working in the Americas, 35% in Switzerland, 17% in the rest of Europe, the Middle East and Africa and 12% in Asia Pacific. UBS employs about 62,000 people around the world. Its shares are listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange and the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). About Art Basel Art Basel stages the world's premier art shows for Modern and contemporary works, sited in Basel, Miami Beach, and Hong Kong. Defined by its host city and region, each show is unique, which is reflected in its participating galleries, artworks presented, and the content of parallel programming produced in collaboration with local institutions for each edition. In addition to ambitious stands featuring leading galleries from around the world, each show's singular exhibition sectors spotlight the latest developments in the visual arts, offering visitors new ideas, new inspiration and new contacts in the art world. artbasel.com