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Because of a love affair – Director of Pro Helvetia resigns

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Because of a love affair – Director of Pro Helvetia resigns – Culture – SRF

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Due to a love affair, the cultural support foundation Pro Helvetia is immediately restructuring its management level.

The trigger for the restructuring of the leadership of the cultural development foundation Pro Helvetia was director Philippe Bischof’s love affair with a senior employee who reported directly to him. Bishop also resigns two years before the end of his term of office.


Philippe Bischof worked in various functions in the cultural sector for many years. The Basel native has headed the Pro Helvetia Foundation since 2017.

KEYSTONE/Gaetan Bally

Bischof is handing over responsibility for the “External Network and International Affairs” area because his partner heads this department. The board of trustees announced this to the Keystone-SDA news agency on Wednesday. Bishop is therefore no longer his partner’s superior with immediate effect.

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The Swiss Cultural Foundation, founded in 1939, is responsible for the cultural representation of Switzerland abroad, for the cultural dialogue between the different parts of the country and for the promotion of the arts in a supra-regional context.

Bishop will also give up his mandate, which would actually last until November 2027, early. He will only lead Pro Helvetia until June 30, 2025. Pro Helvetia’s mission is to make cultural work known at home and abroad. To this end, the foundation distributes around 45 million francs of tax money each year.

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