At PKB art is a real asset as well as a passion. Yesterday’s and today’s great masterpieces are an investment for the future.
Since the start of the new millennium art collecting has seen unprecedented expansion among institutional and private investors. Serafino Trabaldo Togna (1922-2006), PKB Privatbank’s main former shareholder and a private collector, was particularly sensitive to the whole subject of art as an investment. Very early on he became firmly convinced of the pertinence of investing in art and started the bank’s collection in the 1980s. Although originally from Piedmont, his main business interests were in Lombardy, so he initially concentrated on Renaissance works from that region. Later, the collection was expanded to include contemporary art and currently contains around one hundred international works dating from the mid-1990s to the present day.
The collection thus spans both space and time, which is very meaningful for our bank. As well as paying homage to the history of Renaissance and contemporary art, it represents a very valuable heritage.
Thise passion for art also embraces photography. In 2012 PKB entered into a partnership with the Musée de l'Elysée in Lausanne, a centre of excellence for the preservation and development of visual heritage with a unique collection of over 100,000 photographic images and collections. The museum organises four exhibitions per year which draw a large number of visitors. And each year, PKB is actively involved in the organization of one of these shows.
We make our network of contacts available to art-loving clients. In particular, we identify the most appropriate experts to assess and value art works and assist in purchases and sales at public auctions.