Swiss Institute for Art Research

Swiss Institute for Art Research



The Swiss Institute for Art Research (SIK-ISEA) was founded in 1951 and has become a centre of competence in art history and art technology with an international reputation. Our core activities are research, documentation, the dissemination of knowledge 
and the provision of services in the world of the fine arts. Our focus lies with the production of art in Switzerland from the Middle Ages until the present day.


SIK-ISEA is incorporated as a public-interest trust, and this non-profit status ensures our independence as a research establishment. SIK-ISEA is partly funded by notable contributions from the Swiss Confederation, the Canton and City of Zurich and other cantons. Other, equally important sources of revenue are competitively acquired research funds, the sale of services, and donations from foundations and benefactors. Financial and moral support is provided by the Association for the Promotion of SIK-ISEA.


The headquarters of our Institute are housed in Villa Bleuler in Zurich, built in 1885–1888 to a design by Alfred Friedrich Bluntschli. Since 1988 SIK-ISEA has maintained a branch in francophone Switzerland, our «Antenne romande» at the University of Lausanne. For Italian-speaking Switzerland, the Institute opened an «Ufficio di contatto» at the Museo Vincenzo Vela in Ligornetto in 2010.

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