Friends of Swiss Institute


Friends of Swiss Institute is a dynamic group of art lovers united in their passion for contemporary art on both sides of the Atlantic. Throughout the year you will receive invitations to our exhibition openings, artist dinners, and supporters-only events, including studio visits in both Switzerland and the United States. In June, Friends of SI are invited to an exclusive preview of Art Basel’s Art Parcours as well as to a private lunch with artists and supporters. Patrons of the Arts can participate in individual walk-throughs of the fair with SI Director Simon Castets. As a prelude to our annual SI Benefit Dinner & Auction, we welcome our supporters to a special New York Friends of SI day of events including studio visits, special exhibitions viewings, and private collections visits. In 2014, we introduced a new level of support: the Director’s Circle, with contributions starting at $7,500. Director’s Circle funds exclusively support our exhibition programming, directly enabling SI’s distinctive curatorial vision. Friends of SI play a significant role in the cultural vitality of Swiss Institute as an institution for contemporary culture in New York. We extend a heartfelt invitation to you to become a Friend of SI and look forward to seeing you at future events.

Susanne von Meiss and Stefan von Bartha, co-Heads, Friends of SI Switzerland

Friends of SI Switzerland Committee: Dayle Bechtler-Lustenberger, Nicolas Bernheim, Jean-Claude Freymond-Guth, Florian Gutzwiller, Gaby Nahmani, Sabine Parenti, Oskar Weiss
Friends of SI U.S. Committee: Abby Bangser, Sophia Cohen, Justine Durrett, Alexandra Economou, Heather Flow, Bettina Korek, Elise van Middelem, Begum Yasar, Tiffany Zabludowicz, Katja Zigerlig



Director’s Circle
Philip Aarons and Shelley Fox Aarons, Monique and Max Burger, Marian Goodman, Bettina Korek, Pierre and Christina de Labouchere, Rachel and Jean-Pierre Lehmann

Patron of the Arts
Walter and Daphne Kielholz, Svetlana Marich, Eva Presenhuber, Gerd Schepers and Martina Vondruska, Oskar Weiss

Charles and Fabienne Abrecht, Thomas and Cristina Bechtler, Dayle Bechtler-Lustenberger and Philippe Lustenberger, Eric and Fabienne Bernheim, Chantal Blatzheim and Augustin Dufrasne, Anette Bollag-Rothschild, Martin Bösterli and Gitti Hug, Spencer Brownstone, Christoph and Corry Eberle, Peter and Kathrin Friedli, Christophe and Corinne Gautier, Mariann Grawe and Berthold Herrman, Damian and Melanie Grieder-Swarovski, Florian Gutzwiller, Florian and Tanja Helmke-Becker, Maren and Guido Krass, Jovan Markovic and Monique von Schumacher, Monika and Simon Michel, Matthias Mueller and Anna Mueller Koelbing, Richard and Gaby Nahmani, Sabine Parenti, Edgar Rappold and Gertie Guertler, Gail and Richard Rubel, Lori Spector and Max Lang, Peter and Adelaide Sutter de Vries, Sergio and Sandra Vassalli, Susanne and Hans von Meiss, Thea Westreich and Ethan Wagner

Christiane Abegg, Jeanette Apitz, Abby Bangser, Nicolas Bernheim, Doris Beyersdorf, Andrea Bodmer, Robert and Janet Briner, Marietta Budiner, Felix Burrichter, Ingrid Cincala-Gilbert, Sophia Cohen, Beat Curti, Karin Deilmann, Katharina and Ato De Vaivre, Ulla Dreyfus-Best, Justine Durrett, Birgit Filzmaier, Heather Flow, Joseph Funnell, Denise Ginesta, Christophe Guye, Martin Hatebur, Frédérique Hutter, René Lahn, Maria Larsson, Pak Man Lee,  Jonathan Levy, Uta Niedernberg, Jutta Nixdorf, Raphael Oeschger, Maureen Paley, Jacqueline Phillips, Roman Plutschow, Gea Politi, Barbara Schlagbauer, Thomas Schneider, Sylvie Seidlitz, Cindy Sherman, Pierre Sigg, Max Silver, Peter Soriano, Jasmine Spezie, Nadine Steger Kriesemer, Jonas Stemmle, Melissa Stewart, Peter Trueb, Elise van Middelem, Anthony G. Vischer, Rebecca von Bachelle Zaidman, Stefan von Bartha, Ruedi and Janine Wassmer, Charlotte Weinberg-Steiner, Christian Wirtz, Begum Yasar, Tiffany Zabludowicz, Christine Zehner, Katja Zigerlig, Ruth Zueblin



Swiss Institute is grateful to our donors for their generous support of our mission and programming.
Individual gifts play an integral role in ensuring free admission to Swiss Institute.

Director’s Circle ($ 7,500+)
• Director’s Circle funds exclusively support our exhibition programming, directly enabling SI’s distinctive curatorial vision.
• Supporters at this level receive all FOSI Patron of the Arts benefits
• Seating at the Director’s Table at the Annual Benefit Dinner
• Invitations to all opening night dinners
• Recognition on website as Director’s Circle

Friends of SI Patron of the Arts ($ 3,000)
• Supporters at this level receive all Friends of SI benefits, plus:
• VIP passes to leading Art fairs upon request, please contact for availability
• Private tour of Art Basel and Art Basel Miami Beach with SI Director upon request

Friends of SI (Individual $ 750, Couple $ 1,300)
• Invitation to VIP events including previews, opening dinners, artist studio visits
• Invitation to Art Basel lunch
• 50% discount on Benefactor Benefit ticket for attending FOSI (limit one per person)
• Name recognition on website and donor wall

NEW ! Corporate Friends of SI ($ 5,000)
• Supporters at this level receive all Patron of the Arts benefits for two (2) members
• Recognition on website and donor wall as Corporate Friend of SI

For additional exclusive events and custom benefits, please contact Mojdeh Pishyar, Partnerships & Communications Associate at mojdeh(at)swissinstitute(dot)net; +1 212 925 2035