Chairman of Sotheby’s Switzerland, Caroline Lang is internationally recognized for her in-depth knowledge of the art market and her longstanding expertise in Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary Art. Appointed Chairman of the Swiss Department of Impressionist, Modern & Contemporary Art in 2012, this consummate polyglot has advised some of the most important collectors in Switzerland and worldwide. In November 2011, she played a decisive role in the New York sale of “Abstraction-Figuration”, an exceptional private collection of works by Gerhard Richter and Max Ernst which realised a world auction record for a work by Richter at the time (Gerhard Richter, "Abstraktes Bild", 1997, sold for $20'802'500 (estimate: $9-12million)).
Ms Lang also won the prestigious single-owner sale “Futur! Masterworks of the Avant-Garde”, held on 6 November 2013 in New York, totalling $64.3 million.
In 2014, she was instrumental in securing the unique estate and collection of Jan Krugier, more than 500 works which were sold in 6 locations, involving 15 different departments throughout the year. The extraordinary collection totalled more than $250 million, surpassing even the renowned Mellon estate.
One of very few female auctioneers, Caroline Lang has also conducted major marathon auctions in Switzerland, the UK and Germany, including the historic week-long sales of works of art from Monrepos Castle in Ludwigsburg in 2000 and the Royal House of Hanover in 2005.
Caroline Lang is passionate about the non-profit promotion of art and new talent. Having been a board member of Location One for 10 years, in 2009 she joined the board of newly-created Residency Unlimited, a New York-based non-profit organization supporting the work of emerging contemporary artists and curators.