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„Swiss Galleries go Digital!“
The SAMA wants to play a leading and mediating role for all market participants in the art trade and galleries and, beyond that, for the entire ecosystem of the art market in Switzerland. With the support of funding from the federal government and the canton of Zurich, it is setting up a new platform on which galleries, art and antiques dealers can access digital tools in order to assert themselves in the digital world and open up new business models: “Swiss Galleries go Digital! A start has been made with the newly launched website; the first cooperation partners have been evaluated, integrated and are offering their technological services. The SAMA has negotiated preferential conditions for its members, which can be passed on exclusively to them. The platform is built openly and is intended to grow. For this reason, the SAMA continues to monitor technological developments on an ongoing basis and is evaluating further possible cooperation partners.
 With the support of the Federal Office of Culture and the Culture Department of the Canton of Zurich as part of the Covid Financial Aid programme “Transformation Projects”.
Amendments to the Data Protection Act
The revised Swiss Data Protection Act will come into force on 1 September 2023. You can find a sample data protection declaration for your website here.
Year-end closing - Review of the annual conference on 30 October 2023 in Bern
In 2023, the VKMS was once again able to host its annual conference at the Kunstmuseum Bern for almost 100 interested guests from the art trade, collectors, museums, politics and administration (programme). It became clear how important an exchange between all protagonists of the art market will be, also with regard to the upcoming challenges discussed, including new collaboration models and new technologies. We look forward to this dialogue in 2024 and wish all members and interested parties a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Money Laundering Prevention
The "Motion Pult" (subordination of the art trade to the stricter money laundering regulations for financial intermediaries) introduced in the Swiss parliament is based on false assumptions and the demanded new legal regulation would result in an enormous additional bureaucratic effort for the entire art trade without necessity. The VKMS counters this by providing our members with pragmatically suitable digital tools in the sense of genuine self-regulation, which, in addition to KYC rules, also take over sanction controls and thus offer a genuine counter-model.