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Pro Helvetia
Swiss Arts Council
Hirschengraben 22
CH-8024 Zurich
T +41 44 267 71 71
F +41 44 267 71 06

Project Management Biennials

Head of Visual Arts: Madeleine Schuppli, mschuppli@prohelvetia.ch

Project Leader – Venice Biennials: Sandi Paucic, spaucic@prohelvetia.ch

Project Manager – Venice Biennials: Rachele Giudici Legittimo, rgiudici@prohelvetia.ch

Assistant – Venice Biennials: Anita Magni amagni@prohelvetia. ch

Press Contact
Switzerland: Lisa Stadler, Communication and Media Relations, Pro Helvetia,

International: Zeynep Seyhun, Pickles PR,
zeynep@picklespr.com, +39 349 0034359

Team Venice
Jacqueline Wolf (Local Coordinator)
Tommaso Rava (Pavilion Manager)
Alvise Draghi (Pavilion Architect)

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Access in Venice

The Venice Biennale takes place primarily in two venues: the Arsenale and the Giardini della Biennale, and across Venice in various off-site locations. The walking distance between the two main venues is about 10 minutes. 

The Swiss Pavilion is located in the Giardini, just around the corner from the main entrance. 

Giardini della Biennale
Sestiere Castello
30122 Venice

It can be accessed by Vaporetto to the stop ‘Giardini’.
Lines 1, 2, 4.1, 4.2, 5.1, 5.2, 6, 8, N

The Salon Suisse takes place at the Palazzo Trevisan degli Ulivi.

Palazzo Trevisan degli Ulivi
Dorsoduro, 810
30123 Venezia

It can be accessed by Vaporetto to the stop ‘Zattere’.
Lines 2, 5.1, 5.2, 6, 8, 10, 16
Alilaguna Linea Blu [airport boat]

The Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia

Pro Helvetia has been closely involved with cultural developments in Switzerland since 1939. Mandated by the Swiss Confederation, it promotes artistic creation in Switzerland, contributes to cultural exchange at home, promotes the dissemination of Swiss culture abroad and fosters cultural outreach. Pro Helvetia makes its own independent decisions about what it should promote.
As from 2012, Pro Helvetia has assumed responsibility for the Swiss contributions to the biennial of Venice, which is among the most important international platforms for contemporary art and architecture. Previously, this responsibility was borne by the Federal Office of Culture. Switzerland has been present in Venice since 1920 (since 1991 for the architecture biennial).
Nominations for the Biennials

Pro Helvetia appoints juries consisting of five specialists for contemporary art and five specialists for contemporary architecture, respectively. Those chosen remain jury members for two Biennale editions. The juries propose the Swiss contribution on behalf of the Director of Pro Helvetia, who makes the final nomination. Spontaneous applications for a Biennale project will not be considered.

The members of the Juries for the Biennials are appointed for the duration of four years. The current members are:

Biennials Jury Architecture (2018)
Marco Bakker, Architect at Bakker & Blanc architectes, Lausanne and Zurich, and Prof. EPFL ENAC
Francesco Buzzi, Architectural Director at Buzzi studio d'architettura, Locarno
Irina Davidovici, Architect and Academic Researcher, ETH Zurich
Céline Guibat, Architect EPF SIA, mijong architecture design, Sion and Zurich
Isa Stürm, Architect at Isa Stürm Urs Wolf SA, Zurich

Biennials Jury Art (2019)
Jacqueline Uhlmann, Head of Fair Management and Communication at LISTE Art Fair Basel
Laurence Bonvin, Artist 
Balthazar Lovay, Director Fri Art, Fribourg
Michele Robecchi, Writer and curator
Christina Végh, Director Kestnergesellschaft, Hanover 

Biennials Jury Architecture (2020, now 2021)
Céline Guibat, Architect, EPFL, SIA, Zurich, Sion
Anna Hohler, Architecture critic, UNIL, SIA, Lausanne
Verena Konrad, Architecture curator, Vorarlberg 
Lukas Meyer, Architect, ETH, FAS, Bellinzona 
Rob Wilson, Architecture editor, The architects’ journal, London UK

Biennials Jury Art (2021, now 2022)
Laurence Bonvin, Artist 
Riccardo Lisi, Curator la Rada and art critic, Locarno
Federica Martini, Art historian, Professor at édhéa Sierre, curator
Yvette Mutumba, Art historian, Editor at Contemporary And (Berlin), Curator
Rein Wolfs, Director of Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam 

Members of previous Biennials Juries: Silvie Defraoui, artist; Peter Fischli, artist; Beatrice Galilee, curator and critic; Katya García-Antón, curator; Simona Martinoli, art and architecture historian; Arthur de Pury, curator; Philippe Rahm, architect (chairman); Peter Schneemann, art historian.
The Venice Biennale

The Venice Biennale has for over a century been one of the most prestigious cultural institutions in the world. Ever since its foundation in 1895, it has been in the avant-garde, promoting new artistic trends and organising international events in contemporary arts. It is world-beating for the International Film Festival, for the International Art Exhibition and for the International Architecture Exhibition, and continues the great tradition of the Festival of Contemporary Music, the Theatre Festival, now flanked by the Festival of Contemporary Dance.
The Swiss Pavilion in Venice

The Swiss Pavilion in Venice, just round the corner from the main entrance to the 'Giardini publici' exhibition site, was set up by architect Bruno Giacometti in 1951/52 and is in the possession of the Swiss Confederation. The layout is based on the original functional division into sculpture room, graphics room and the skylit room for paintings. On behalf of the Swiss government, Pro Helvetia now regularly presents Switzerland’s official contributions to the art and architecture biennials of Venice in the Swiss Pavilion.
The Palazzo Trevisan degli Ulivi in Venice

The second floor of Palazzo Trevisan degli Ulivi at 'Zattere' in Venice belongs to the Swiss Confederation and houses the offices of the Swiss Consulate. Initiated by Pro Helvetia, the Swiss supporting programme to the exhibition in the Swiss Pavilion is held in the main room of the Palazzo since 2012. 
Swiss Pavilion
Giardini della Biennale
La Biennale di Venezia has announced that the 17th International Architecture Exhibition, has been postponed to 2021, to be held Saturday 22 May to Sunday 21 November 2021.

Consequently, the 59th International Art Exhibition, which was to take place in 2021, has in turn been postponed to 2022. It will last 7 months and will be held from Saturday 23 April to Sunday 27 November 2022.

For Opening Hours, Tickets and Reservation please check the official Biennale site

Vaporetto stop: Giardini
Lines 1, 2, 8, 4.1, 4.2, 5.1, 5.2, 6, N
Salon Suisse
Palazzo Trevisan degli Ulivi
Campo San Agnese - Dorsoduro 810
IT - 30123 Venice
+39 041 241 18 10

Vaporetto stop: Zattere
Lines 2, 5.1, 5.2, 6, N