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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 Swiss participation Venice Biennale: Sandi Paucic, spaucic@prohelvetia.ch

Coordinator Swiss participation Venice Biennale: Rachele Giudici Legittimo, rgiudici@prohelvetia.ch

Assistant to the Biennale team: Martina Lughi, mlughi@prohelvetia. ch

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

International: Caroline Widmer, Pickles PR,
caroline@picklespr.com, +44 (0)7908 848 075

Team Venice
Jacqueline Wolf, Alvise Draghi

Team Swiss Pavilion 2019
Tommaso Rava (Pavilion manager), Serge d'Urach, Francesca Gastoldi, Matilde Teggi

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) and in Cairo since 1988.
Nominations for the Biennials

Two independent juries, commissioned by the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, are responsible for making recommendations regarding the nominations for both, the Art and Architecture Biennials in Venice. The nominees are appointed by the Director of Pro Helvetia. Submissions cannot 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)
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)
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 are held in the main room of the Palazzo since 2012. 
Swiss Pavilion
Giardini della Biennale
The 58th International Art Exhibition takes place in Venice from 11 May to 24 November 2019 at the Giardini and at the Arsenale as well as at various venues in the city.

Opening times: 10am-6pm. Closed on Mondays.

For 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

Opening times: 6pm - 10pm (for the opening days please see under "Events")

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