Alexej von Jawlensky, «Frauenbildnis (Heilandsgesicht)». Um 1920 Öl auf Leinwandpapier. 36,2x27 cm, Darstellung

 © Peter Fischli / David Weiss, Tokyo 1980

„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[1], 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.

[1] 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”.

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