The Swiss Art Market Association (SAMA) is the umbrella organisation for four art trade associations (Art Galleries Switzerland, Swiss Association of Dealers in Antiques and Art, Swiss Auctioneers Association and Swiss Art Trading Association). It works to protect the interests of members of the Swiss art market in dealings with authorities, associations, private individuals and the media. The SAMA strives for a political and legal dialogue that is open to the unique features of the art market. It therefore plays an active role in shaping cultural legislation and policy – with the aim of ensuring that Switzerland can preserve its status in the art market.

Beyond purely economic interests, it is also important to the SAMA to highlight the cultural importance of the work done by members of the individual associations. The health of all aspects of its art trade remains a driving force for Switzerland as an active cultural centre: its expertise plays a key role in the discovery and promotion of artists, in public exhibitions and appearances at art fairs, in collaborations with museums and art spaces, publications and communication with collectors, and also in the support of estates and archives.

Current

Anti Money Laundering

On 10 January 2020, the 5th EU Anti Money Laundering Directive will come into force and will require stricter due diligence for transactions in the art market. Further information can be found here

COVID-19

Here you will find the latest measures taken by the Federal Council to support the economy and the decree  to cushion the economic consequences in the cultural sector

 

 

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Organization

Management

Dr. Andreas Ritter,
Attorney at Law

Secretary's office

M.A. HSG Eleanor Münch

Dossiers

Copyright

The SAMA is working to ensure that, in the digital era, copyright legislation continues to reflect the interests of all members of the art market. The argument was successfully made that the introduction of resale rights (‘droit de suite’) would have a significantly greater negative impact on the art trade. All parties, including artists, benefit from being able to forego this additional levy upon the sale of an artwork on the secondary market. The SAMA also remains actively involved in discussions with the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property, the Swiss Federal Office of Culture (FOC), ProLitteris and many more, including on the topics of ‘appropriation in art’ and ‘protection of photographs’, and updates its members on legislation and current practice. You can find information on the latest developments here.

Money Laundering

The SAMA is paying close attention to problematic developments in Europe, where anti-money laundering regulations are increasingly being tightened, including in the art market. By drawing attention to the professional reality of the art and antiques trade, the SAMA is trying to use its influence to prevent significantly more restrictive rules from being implemented in legislation. Galleries and dealers cannot be treated in the same way as banks. The aim is to establish practical due diligence measures appropriate to the circumstances for the buying and selling of artworks. The SAMA is therefore advocating for self-regulation and is in discussion with various stakeholders such as ArtBasel and the RAM (Responsible Art Market) initiative in Geneva. You can find information on the latest developments here.

Transfer of Cultural Goods

The SAMA is in discussion with customs and VAT authorities, warehousing companies, carriers, insurers and other industry stakeholders. The aim is to counter half-truths by providing transparent information on current customs and tax legislation. Further work must be done to ensure that future changes to VAT legislation in particular reflect the realities of the various transactions in the art market. You can find information on the latest developments here.

Looted Art

The SAMA is working to ensure that, in the digital era, copyright legislation continues to reflect the interests of all members of the art market. The argument was successfully made that the introduction of resale rights (‘droit de suite’) would have a significantly greater negative impact on the art trade. All parties, including artists, benefit from being able to forego this additional levy upon the sale of an artwork on the secondary market. The SAMA also remains actively involved in discussions with the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property, the Swiss Federal Office of Culture (FOC), ProLitteris and many more, including on the topics of ‘appropriation in art’ and ‘protection of photographs’, and updates its members on legislation and current practice. You can find information on the latest developments here.

Value Added Tax

The SAMA is an active participant in international conferences on the subject of looted art and provenance research and works with experts in these fields. It is also in regular contact with the specialised body at the FOC on this topic and answers enquiries from interested parties. You can find information on the latest developments here.

Art Market

The SAMA is addressing the challenges of the digital era and its effects on the activities of art and antiquities dealers, auctioneers and gallery owners. It is involved in a lively exchange of views, including with technology experts.

Beyond purely economic interests, the SAMA wants to highlight the cultural importance of the work of members at the four art trade associations. The health of its art trade remains a driving force for Switzerland as an active cultural centre. This important work will only be able to continue in the future if the dialogue with political and legal authorities is open to the unique features of the art market. You can find information on the latest developments here.

Contact

SAMA

Swiss Art Market Association
Höschgasse 28
P.O. Box 3226
8034 Zurich

info@kunstmarktschweiz.ch
+41 44 269 66 88

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