Swiss Re sponsors Tate Modern's first major architecture exhibition

31 May 2005, London

Swiss Re is sponsoring the Tate Modern Herzog & de Meuron exhibition demonstrating its commitment to great design, art and architecture.

With Tate Modern, Swiss architects Herzog, de Meuron created both an iconic building and one of the most visited museums in the world. When Swiss Re commissioned Lord Foster to design its London headquarters at 30 St Mary Axe, affectionately known as "The Gherkin", they created another architectural landmark for London which won the prestigious 2004 Stirling Prize.
Anne Keller, Head of Brand Communications at Swiss Re and in charge of the company's art activities, says: "The Tate Modern exhibition shows that Herzog, de Meuron are leading architects of our time, creating buildings that inspire and uplift. We are delighted to be lead sponsors of Herzog, de Meuron: An Exhibition. This collaboration reinforces our involvement with and support for contemporary architecture."
As a supporter of social, humanitarian, educational, scientific and cultural projects around the world, Swiss Re has been funding high- profile art exhibitions in its native Switzerland for many years, bringing key shows such as Sigmar Polke to the Kunsthaus and Richard Prince to the Kunsthalle in Zurich.
Swiss Re's commitment to cutting-edge architecture can be seen in many of its buildings worldwide: in Europe and the USA the company has worked with leading architects such as Bothe, Richter, Teherani, Thilla Theus und Partner and Marcel Meili and Markus Peter.
In each case, Swiss Re has commissioned art works that complement the architecture. Begun in 1987, the corporate art collection now includes work by contemporary artists such as Ugo Rondinone and Fischli, Weiss, Gary Hume, Angela Bulloch, Peter Doig and Andreas Gursky. The head office in Zurich has a magnificent floor piece by Carl Andre and lift shafts by Olafur Eliasson and Tatsuo Miyajima; a Sol LeWitt drawing for Swiss Re's office building in Armonk, New York, is now underway.

Swiss Re in the UK art events, summer 2005

  • Sponsorship of Herzog, De Meuron: An Exhibition at Tate Modern (1 June – 29 Aug)
  • Restoration of the damaged stained glass from the Baltic Exchange and permanent installation at the National Maritime Museum in a new, bespoke gallery, from 22 June
  • Exhibition of 30 St Mary Axe model as part of the V&A's
  • 10 Years of the Stirling Prize exhibition (22 June – 16 Oct)

Notes to editors

Swiss Re is one of the world's leading reinsurers and the world's largest life and health reinsurer. The company operates through more than 70 offices in over 30 countries. Swiss Re has been in the reinsurance business since its foundation in Zurich, Switzerland, in 1863. Through its three business groups Property, Casualty, Life, Health and Financial Services, Swiss Re offers a wide variety of products to manage capital and risk. Traditional reinsurance products, including a broad range of property and casualty as well as life and health covers and related services, are complemented by insurance-based corporate finance solutions and supplementary services for comprehensive risk management. Swiss Re is rated "AA" by Standard, Poor's, "Aa2" by Moody's and "A+" by A.M. Best.