Harold Edgerton, 1957

TimeForArt is the first and only benefit watch auction to support contemporary art and artists.

TimeForArt is a curated benefit auction of exceptional timepieces from the world’s greatest watchmakers, with 100% of the proceeds directly enabling today’s most visionary artists, through Swiss Institute’s exhibitions, public programs, education & community engagement workshops – all free of charge.

TimeForArt is a biennial auction, and provides a year-round platform for exchange between horological and visual arts.

TimeForArt's inaugural edition was held as part of the Phillips New York Watch Auction: SEVEN, on December 10th and 11th, 2022.

TimeForArt’s second edition will be held as part of the live Phillips New York Watch Auction in December 2024.

Image: Christian Marclay, The Clock, 2012. Photo by Thomas Griesel. Courtesy of MoMA.
While deeply intertwined, the worlds of art and horology rarely come together in meaningful collaborations. TimeForArt seeks to change that by launching the first-ever benefit watch auction to support contemporary art and artists.

The timepieces curated for TimeForArt express the most artistic elements of contemporary watchmaking, and shine a light on the creative core of today’s horology.

With the theme of artists for artists, all featured watches are either unique collaborations with world-renowned artisans, interventions by leading contemporary artists, or bespoke examples of innovative craftsmanship. 

Image: David Horvitz, Proposals for Clocks, 2016
For more information
please contact Mojdeh Cutter
at mojdeh@timeforart.ch
Swiss Institute (SI) is an independent non-profit space for international contemporary art. Open to all and always free of charge, its innovative exhibitions, education workshops, and public programs make SI one of New York City’s pioneering venues for art since 1986.

As a fully independent non-profit organization primarily funded through private support, philanthropy is essential in implementing SI’s mission. 

Established in 1986, Swiss Institute is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization, IRS Section 170(b)(2)(iii), for both federal and state tax purposes. Federal tax identification number is 13-3414346. Swiss Institute is independently audited yearly. All financial record filings are publicly available online. For more details, contact +1 (212) 925-2035 or finance@swissinstitute.net. Donations are tax-deductible under either US or Swiss law.