As part of its art sponsorship programme, the Federal Office of Culture has acquired thousands of works of art. Until now, only a few had access to the collection. A large portion will soon be made accessible in digital form to the public. (SRF, swissinfo.ch)
Of the 11,500 objects in the Swiss Federal Art Collections, approximately half are housed in the Bern Collections Centre.
Of the collection, around 6,500 works are on permanent loan to Swiss museums while around 4,500 decorate the chambers of parliamentarians, the Federal Administration and the Swiss embassies abroad.
Since the end of 2018, the Federal Office of Culture has started to make available online works from the Federal Art Collection and the Gottfried Keller Foundation Collection on the online platform "E-Pics" of ETH Zurich. The digitalisation work will be completed in 2020.
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