Between 1979 and 1986, Bernard Zürcher was a curator at the Musée de l’Orangerie, then the Palais de Tokyo. Between 1987 and 1990 he wrote several books on modern art, including Braque, vie et oeuvre (L’Office du Livre / Rizzoli, 1988) and Les Fauves (Hazan, 1995). In 1992, turning his back on modern art, he and his wife Gwenolee founded a contemporary art gallery, Galerie Zürcher, in Paris, and in 2009 a second, Zürcher Gallery, in New York. He was the vice-president of the Comité Professionnel des Galeries d’Art (CPGA) from 1996 to 2006, and in October 2000 he helped to found the Espace d’Art Contemporain on the HEC campus, where he contributes to the Médias Art & Création course. A specialist in questions of patronage, he co-authored (with Karine Lisbonne) L’Art avec pertes ou profit ? (Flammarion, 2007). He is a founding member, and the former vice-president, of CIPAC (the contemporary art professionals’ association).
Gwenolee Zürcher is a translator who speaks several languages. She is also an expert in Asian art. She has translated, among other important works, New York 1945-1965 (L’Office du Livre, 1988). Since 2010, she has been in charge of international development at Galerie Zürcher, and she heads Zürcher Gallery.