Art & Culture

A recurring theme

The House of Gübelin’s dedication to art and culture has been a recurring theme throughout its more than 160-year history.

The special gift, Gübelin made to the city of Lucerne in 1960, located in the transit area of the Lucerne train station, is one of the many reminders of this commitment.

The world clock which is embedded into a mosaic by artist Hans Blättler, specially manufactured for this purpose, still shows passengers the exact time of the biggest metropolises and reminds of Gübelin’s strong bond with art and culture.

Artistic approach to jewellery creation

As renowned jeweller, the House of Gübelin always placed special emphasis on the artistic approach in the creation process of a jewel. Employing extremely creative minds, whose inspiration often came from current art themes, nature and the passion for the jeweller’s venerable craft, became evident. Their source of inspiration reflected into the work and transmitted on the Swiss House’s products.

Among the famous creatives, who designed jewellery for the House of Gübelin over the course of the firm’s history, were creative talents as Martha Widmer, Emilio Häfliger, Margaretha Dubach, Jean-Claude Schweizer, Kurt Flory and many more.

1) Sketch of a gold and plexi glass ring of the “Clouds” set from 1984. 2) Cuff in yellow gold, created by Jean-Claude Schweizer for Gübelin in 1974.

Inspiring collaborations with artists

Gübelin has expressed its dedication to the field in many ways, one of the most important, by collaborating with artists on different projects over the years.

Today, Gübelin’s jewellery designers find inspiration in the inner world of coloured gemstones to create these mesmerizing pieces of fine jewellery. The House of Gübelin shares this source of inspiration on a regular basis with collaborating artists.

For more than thirty years now, Swiss artists are asked to create the House of Gübelin’s New Year’s card. In 2016, Swiss artist Mirko Baselgia found inspiration in the inner world of a star sapphire, to create his work “Reflecziuns”.

Mirko Baselgia finds inspiration in the star sapphire (1) to create his work “Reflecziuns” (2), the subject of Gübelin’s New Year Card 2016.

Sharing the passion for art with the public

Through its present commitment in the field of art and culture Gübelin demonstrates its strong bond with the Swiss art and culture field once more, which is deeply rooted in the history and philosophy of the House.

The Swiss, family-owned firm demonstrates this passion more than ever in its recent support of and collaboration with different organizations in this field.

Engadin Art Talks

Since 2016 Gübelin is main partner of the Engadin Art Talks (E.A.T.). The House of Gübelin supports the idea of an interactive and informal dialogue between various international participants in the world of art and architecture.

Founder of E.A.T., Cristina Bechtler and Raphael Gübelin, President of Gübelin.

For Raphael Gübelin, the sixth-generation President of the family-owned firm, this dedication to culture is the logical extension of the firm’s “Deeply Inspired” philosophy. “Because”, says Gübelin, “our jewellery aesthetic, inspired by the inner beauty of gems, is also based on an interactive dialogue between the people who create these pieces of jewellery.”

The family-owned firm started supporting the forum last year and realised projects with famous artist Sylvie Fleury.

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Luzerner Sinfonieorchester

An example of the broadness of Gübelin’s art and culture commitment, lies in the collaboration with the Luzerner Sinfonieorchester (LSO). As main partner, Gübelin supports amongst others the “Beethoven project” in 2017, a play and recording of Beethoven’s five piano concerts with talented Swiss pianist Oliver Schnyder.

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