07 May 2020
Society for the History of Swiss Art 140th Anniversary
Society for the History of Swiss Art, Single stamp
Product number A311150
Single stamp of CHF 1.00, gummed, mint
CHF 1.00 incl. VAT
valid within Switzerland and Liechtenstein
Release date: 07.05.2020
The Society for the History of Swiss Art aims to raise public awareness of Switzerland’s centuries-old architectural culture and to conserve it for the future. It has been performing this service for 140 years – and increasingly in digitized form. Through its work, the Society for the History of Swiss Art, which was founded in 1880, makes an important contribution to the understanding of Switzerland’s diverse heritage. One of its major achievements is the “Kunstdenkmäler der Schweiz” (Switzerland’s monuments of art and history) collection, a fundametal reference work on Swiss architectural culture, art and history. The book series has expanded to 139 volumes in the 92 years since its launch. The Society for the History of Swiss Art is now making the entire series available free of charge in a digital database. The digitization process should be completed by 2027, just in time for the centenary of the series.
Our special stamp aims to raise public awareness of the organization’s culture mission, not least as a prime example of the synthesis of tradition and innovation. The Society for the History of Swiss Art has been using modern communication technologies to present its material for some time. It developed the “Swiss Art To Go” app, a digital architectural guide through Switzerland, and significant Swiss buildings can be viewed in 360 degrees on its website – a dynamism that is captured by the special stamp.