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.


Friends of SI Switzerland Committee: Susanne von Meiss and Stefan von Bartha, co-Heads, Marius Neuenschwander, Treasurer, Dayle Bechtler-Lustenberger, Nicolas Bernheim,  Florian Gutzwiller, Gaby Nahmani, Sabine Parenti, Oskar Weiss
Friends of SI U.S. Committee: Esteban Arboleda, Abby Bangser, Sophia Cohen, Justine Durrett, Alexandra Economou, Heather Flow, Bettina Korek, Melissa Stewart, Elise van Middelem, Thea Westreich and Ethan Wagner, Begum Yasar, Tiffany Zabludowicz, Katja Zigerlig



Director’s Circle
Philip Aarons and Shelley Fox Aarons, Sarah Arison, Philippe Bertherat, Monique and Max Burger, Bridgitt Evans, Marian Goodman, Pierre and Christina de Labouchere, Rachel and Jean-Pierre Lehmann, Almine Rech and Bernard Ruiz-Picasso

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Patron of the Arts
Walter and Daphne Kielholz, Bettina Korek, Richard and Gaby Nahmani, Eva Presenhuber, Peter and Adelaide Sutter de Vries, Gerd Schepers and Martina Vondruska, Oskar Weiss, and those who prefer to remain anonymous

Christiane Abegg, Charles and Fabienne Abrecht, Jeanette Apitz, Esteban Arboleda, Abby Bangser, Gabi Bär, Thomas and Cristina Bechtler, Dayle Bechtler-Lustenberger and Philippe Lustenberger, Eric and Fabienne Bernheim, Nicolas Bernheim, Doris Beyersdorf, Chantal Blatzheim and Augustin Dufrasne, Andrea Bodmer, Anette Bollag-Rothschild, Martin Bösterli and Gitti Hug, Robert and Janet Briner, Spencer Brownstone, Matthias Brunner, Marietta Budiner, Catherine-Anne Burda, Felix Burrichter, Sophia Cohen, Karin Deilmann, Katharina and Ato De Vaivre, Ulla Dreyfus-Best, Justine Durrett, Birgit Filzmaier, Heather Flow, Peter and Kathrin Friedli, Christophe and Corinne Gautier, Denise Ginesta, Mariann Grawe and Berthold Herrman, Damian and Melanie Grieder-Swarovski, Claudia Groeflin Ziltener Florian Gutzwiller, Martin Hatebur, Amanda and Hans-Kristian Hoejsgaard, Frédérique Hutter, Anne Keller Dubach, Peter Kilchmann, Thomas Koerfer, Seol Cheong Kwon, Werner Kummer, Nicole Kunz, René Lahn, Caroline Lang, Pak Man Lee,  Jonathan Levy, Svetlana Marich, Wolfram Meister,  Jutta Nixdorf, Raphael Oeschger, Evrim and Jessica Oralkan, Maureen Paley, Sabine Parenti, Jacqueline Phillips, Roman Plutschow, Gea Politi, Edgar Rappold and Gertie Guertler, Barbara Schlagbauer, Thomas Schneider, Sylvie Seidlitz, Cindy Sherman, Pierre Sigg, Max Silver, Melissa Stewart, Peter Trueb, Sergio and Sandra Vassalli, Elise van Middelem,  Rebecca von Bachelle Zaidman, Stefan von Bartha, Susanne and Hans von Meiss, Franz Wassmer, Ruedi and Janine Wassmer, Charlotte  Thea Westreich and Ethan Wagner, Elizabeth Woodward, 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 Andrew Alexander, Development Officer at andrew(at)swissinstitute(dot)net; +1 212 925 2035