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The Swiss Institute’s new home at 38 St. Marks Place in the East Village. Photo: Selldorf Architects.

Swiss Institute in New York Adds Three New Board Members

The Swiss Institute (SI), the New York–based contemporary art institution, has elected three new members to its board: Monique Burger, John Garcia, and Florian Gutzwiller. The nonprofit announced it was growing its board at its annual benefit and auction held earlier this month. The marquee fundraising event helped the institute raise an all-time record of more than $1 million.

“I am immensely grateful for the continuing support we have been receiving as we create the very first long-term home for SI after more than three decades,” chair Maja Hoffmann said in a statement. Director Simon Castets added: “We are thrilled to announce a dramatic increase in attendance, having welcomed over four times as many visitors daily since our move to the East Village this past June. This is a paradigm change for the institution, furthering SI’s commitment to providing free arts programming to a wide audience.”

Burger, a Hong Kong–based philanthropist and collector, is a board member of Hong Kong’s M+ Museum and serves on the advisory committee of the Asia Society, Hong Kong and New York. SI praised her longtime support of the institute at the gala, where she and her husband, Max Burger, were awarded the SI Visionary Award. Garcia is the chairman and CEO of AEA, a leading global private investment firm. An advocate for arts education, Garcia sits on the board of directors at the Courtauld Institute, London. Gutzwiller founded Open Systems AG, a provider of global ICT security services, in 1990 and the Friends of SI.

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