© Urs Fischer, Varnish Tarnish, 2022

© Urs Fischer, Varnish Tarnish, 2022

Swiss Art Market Association

The umbrella organisation of the four
major Swiss art trade associations

The Swiss Art Market Association (SAMA), the umbrella organisation of the four major Swiss art trade associations (Gallerists’ Association, Association of Dealers in Antiques & Art, Auctioneers’ Association and Art Dealers’ Association), with its headquarters in Zurich, aims to safeguard the interests of art market participants in the trade vis-à-vis the authorities, associations, private individuals and the media. The SAMA actively promotes a dialogue in politics, business and law that does not ignore the special features of the art market. All this with the aim of defending the advantageous framework conditions of the art market in Switzerland and leading it into the future.


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.