Swiss Arts Council
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Project Management Biennials
Head of Visual Arts: Marianne Burki, email@example.com
Project Leader Swiss participation Venice Biennale: Sandi Paucic, firstname.lastname@example.org
Coordination Swiss participation Venice Biennale: Rachele Giudici Legittimo, email@example.com
Switzerland: Marlène Mauris, Communication, Pro Helvetia,
, +41 44 267 71 36
International: Caroline Widmer, Rhiannon Pickles PR,
, +44 79 08 848 075
Jacqueline Wolf, Serge D'Urach, Luana Labriola, Alvise Draghi
The Swiss Arts Council 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 biennials of Venice and Cairo, which are 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
The nominees for both, the Art and Architecture Biennials in Venice, as well as the Art Biennial in Cairo are within the responsibility of two independent Biennials Juries commissioned by the Swiss Arts Council. Submissions cannot be considered.
The Juries for the Biennials are appointed for the duration of four years. The members for the years 2015 to 2018 are:
Biennials Jury Architecture:
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:
Jacqueline Uhlmann, Head of Fair Management and Communication at LISTE Art Fair Basel
Silvie Defraoui, artist
Balthazar Lovay, Director Fri Art, Fribourg
Michele Robecchi, writer and curator
Christina Végh, Director Kestnergesellschaft, Hanover
Members of the previous Biennials Jury (2011 to 2014) were: Peter Fischli, artist; Beatrice Galilee, curator and critic (since April 2012); 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 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.
The Cairo International Biennale
Founded in 1984, the Cairo International Biennale
is considered one of the most important cultural events in the Middle East, conceived and initially designed to explore contemporary art in the Arab world. With its sustainable consistency the interest expanded to the global international arena. The 1st session of the Biennale witnessed the participation of 12 Arab countries, while the latest session which took place in 2010 witnessed the participation of 48 different countries around the world. Switzerland took part at the Cairo Biennale since the 3rd session until the last one with participation ranges from one to 3 Swiss artists per session. Due to the current political situation in Egypt the future of the Cairo Biennale is unclear.
Giardini della Biennale
The 56th International Art Exhibition takes place in Venice from 9 May to 22 November 2015 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
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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")
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