Data Policy

Privacy policy regarding the website

The following privacy policy applies to the use of this website. It is generally possible to use our website without providing any personal data. However, if you wish to use a special service of our company via our website, it may be necessary to process personal data.
This website is subject to the Federal Act on Data Protection (FADP) and takes into account the central points of the Basic Data Protection Regulation (DSGVO) of the European Union (EU).
We do our very best to ensure the security of your data within the framework of the applicable data protection laws and technical possibilities. As a rule, your personal data will be transmitted encrypted. We use SSL or TLS encryption; however, we would like to point out that data transmission on the Internet (e.g., when communicating by email) may be unsecure.
This data protection declaration is continuously updated and adapted to legal requirements and our services offered. The latest data protection regulations will be applied. Changes become effective as soon as they are published on our website.

Purpose and legal basis of data processing

ART4FUTURE uses the provided or otherwise obtained information by the vendor, bidder or any other person involved or interested in a contractual agreement ("customers"), including personal information as listed below (hereinafter "customer information"), to provide services in the field of auctions, art, publications, transportation and insurance, as well as all necessary actions linked to the fulfilment of its contractual obligations and rights, to the compliance with legal or regulatory requirements.
Personal information about a customer particularly include its name, contact details, proof of identity, financial information, records of transactions and preferences.
ART4FUTURE may also use customer information for its own marketing purposes, as long as it can claim a legitimate interest in doing so and as long as the customer has not objected to such use.
Some customer information may be collected to provide better services alligned to customer’s preferences.
If the customer provides ART4FUTURE with information that is considered sensitive in terms of the European data protection regulations, the customer expressively agrees to its usage for the above-mentioned purposes.

Data recipient

ART4FUTURE may forward customer information to the other party of the agreement, to its representative or a third party involved.
During this process of disclosure, personal data may also be forwarded to other countries, the European Union or the European Economic Area. These countries may not have a data protection legislation recognized as equivalent by the competent Swiss or European authorities. Any such disclosure will be made in compliance with the European data protection regulations, providing the appropriate safeguards, if necessary. Upon customer request ART4FUTURE will provide a copy of the guarantees applied to the transmission of information.

Personal data processing

You can register yourself on this website for a variety of services by providing your personal data. The personal data transmitted to the data controller is determined by the input mask used for registration.
Personal data is all information related to an identified or identifiable person. This can be e.g., a person's name, address, email address or phone number. These personal data can be processed. Processing includes any operation or set of operations, performed with or without the aid of automated procedures related to personal data such as collecting, recording, organizing, filing, storing, adapting or modifying, retrieving, consulting, using, revealing by transmission, dissemination or any other form of provision, alignment or combination, restriction, deletion or destruction. The personal data provided will be collected and stored exclusively for internal use and for our own purposes. Wherever possible, the data will be made anonymous. This means, that no conclusions can be made about a data subject.
The legal detention period determines the storage duration of any personal data. Once this period expired, the corresponding data routinely is deleted as long as it no longer is required for the fulfillment of an agreement or its initiation.

Collected Data

By using our website and related services, we may collect the following personal data:

Request form

If you are interested in a specific piece of art, you can send us an inquiry using the available form. Personal data transmitted with the inquiry are the ones provided on the input mask. Your data can be entered manually using a third-party software or imported via an interface. Based on the data provided, we may recognize other pieces of art that could meet your criteria. The recognition of relevant pieces of art can be provided manually or automatically by a software. We may inform you about such matches by email, postal letter or phone call. You have the possibility to unsubscribe from this service at any time.

Contact by email

By contacting us via email for any kind of questions or to benefit from one of our offers you expressively consent to our contact. For this, a valid email address is essential in order to register your inquiry and to provide you with the requested answer. Any other data is optional. The information you provide will be stored in the purpose of processing your inquiry and for any occurring follow-up questions. All this data will not be transmitted without your explicit consent.

Subscription to the newsletter

You may subscribe to our company's newsletter using the form provided or by sending us an email. The confirmation will be email to the provided address together with the first newsletter using a double-opt-in procedure. We do everything to provide you with our newsletter using a software compliant to the latest data protection.
At all time you have the possibility to unsubscribe from our newsletter. There is a corresponding link to unsubscribe in every newsletter. If this link should be missing, please contact ouf data protection officer. Our newsletter may contain a tracking pixel. A tracking pixel is a thumbnail image that is embedded in such emails to enable log file recording and log file analysis. This allows a statistical evaluation of the success or failure of online marketing campaigns. The analysis can be performed anonymously or with a conclusion to personal data.

Purchasing through the online shop

You can buy pieces of art through our online shop. To do so, you should leave your complete contact details. This includes your name, address, phone number as well as your email address. Other personal data, that may be stored as part of the purchase, are your IP address as well as your credit card number.
Since the shop is hosted by Shopify, you can log in using an existing user account and complete the purchase using the information you have stored there. Shopify puts great emphasis in protecting your personal data and has the technology to internationally protect your personal data. By default and for the possible event of a reverse booking, Shopify does not delete personal data if the client has placed an order within the last 6 months.
ART4FUTURE will process your contact details to ensure the correct delivery of the goods. Therefore, ART4FUTURE will forward your contact information (name, delivery address) to the seller (the artist). This is vital in order to send the artwork, as ART4FUTURE only mediates artwork without storing it. 

Collected data through third party services

In order to continuously improve the quality of our services, the following technologies are integrated on our website:


In certain situations, we may be using cookies. By using them information and offers on our website can be optimized for the user. Cookies enable the recognition of the users of our website. The purpose of this recognition is to facilitate the use of our website. You can prevent these cookies with the help of your internet browser and thus permanently refuse to the setting of cookies.

Use of Google Analytics

Google Analytics is a web analysis service. Our web analysis involves the anonymous survey, collection and evaluation of data. Among other things, a web analysis service collects data on the path a user followed to use a website, which subpages of the website he accessed or how often and how long he viewed a subpage. To record this information, Google Analytics uses a cookie. You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser. However, please note, that if you do this, you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website.

Use of script libraries

To deliver any contents correctly, we use script libraries and font libraries (e.g. Google Web Fonts) on our website. Calling up a script or font library results in a connection to the provider of the library being triggered. It is possible, that the operator of the library will collect data from this connection

Use of Google Maps

We use a geo-specific data interface from Google to visualize location-based information. In doing so, Google records and uses data about the use of the map function. Information about Google's use of data can be found in Google's privacy policy.

Use of Social Plugins

We may use on our website social plugins from various social network providers. By using these plugins, information, which may include personal data, can be used by corresponding social networks. If the person in question is logged into a social network at the same time as visiting our website, it can be assumed, that personal data is being transmitted. We have no control on which data will be transferred. We do not record any personal data through social plugins. The privacy policies of the respective social networks should provide you with the information on the collection, processing and use of personal data.

Your rights as user of our website

Under actual laws you have a variety of rights regarding your personal information. According to DSGVO you can claim the following rights from our data protection officer:
  • Information about your stored data and the associated processing
  • Correction of erroneous personal data
  • Erasure of personal data
  • Restriction of data processing in the event of a legal status, that does not allow to delete any data 
  • Veto of processing of your data
  • Data transferability; in other words: the reception of stored data in a machine-readable format, if you have agreed to a data processing or if you have signed an agreement with us


Responsible for the collection, processing and use of your personal data:
Morellweg 12
CH-3007 Bern
Data Protection Officer: Mrs. Linda Zurkinden-Erismann  
You can exercise your right of objection to above mentioned person, should you oppose in full or partially to the collection, processing or use of your data in accordance with these data protection regulations.