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2018
2018
The «Salon Suisse 2018»: «En marge de l’architecture: Encounters beyond the discipline»
Left to right: This year’s Salonniers Stanislas Zimmermann, Tim Kammasch, Marcel Bächtiger with local Salonnière Laura Tinti, Venice, 2018.

The «Salon Suisse»: «En marge de l’architecture: Encounters beyond the discipline»

This year’s «Salon Suisse» will present «En marge de l’architecture: Encounters beyond the discipline» by architectural historian Marcel Bächtiger, cultural theorist Tim Kammasch, and architect Stanislas Zimmermann with the support of local Salonnière Laura Tinti.

The events will tackle the importance of the disciplines bordering architecture, such as art, film, literature, urbanism, philosophy. Using the metaphor of a sailing expedition which stops in different islands (i.e. disciplines), the «Salon Suisse» hopes to open up the discourse surrounding the architecture of the 21st century.

2018
Swiss Pavilion awarded Golden Lion at 16th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia
Left to right: Matthew van der Ploeg, Paolo Baratta, Marianne Burki, Rachele Maistrello, Ani Vihervaara, Milena Buchwalder, Alessandro Bosshard, Li Tavor and Sandi Paucic. Project team for the Swiss Pavilion at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia receiving the Golden Lion, 26 May 2018. Photo: Peter Klaunzer / KEYSTONE
The Swiss Pavilion has been awarded the Golden Lion for best national participation at 16th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia.
2018
Swiss Pavilion awarded Golden Lion at 16th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia
Left to right: Matthew van der Ploeg, Paolo Baratta, Marianne Burki, Rachele Maistrello, Ani Vihervaara, Milena Buchwalder, Alessandro Bosshard, Li Tavor and Sandi Paucic. Project team for the Swiss Pavilion at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia receiving the Golden Lion, 26 May 2018. Photo: Peter Klaunzer / KEYSTONE
The Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia is delighted to announce that this morning the Swiss Pavilion has been awarded the Golden Lion for best national participation at 16th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia. This internationally renowned award is for the first time given to the Swiss Pavilion. The Golden Lion distinguishes the exhibition Svizzera 240: House Tour presented by the young team of ETH architects, consisting of Alessandro Bosshard, Li Tavor, Matthew van der Ploeg and Ani Vihervaara. “This is an extraordinary success for the young team of architects and underlines the top class of Swiss architecture”, says the President of the Swiss Confederation Alain Berset, who opened the Swiss Pavilion yesterday.
 
The Swiss Pavilion, entitled Svizzera 240: House Tour, wins the Golden Lion for the best national participation, one of the most prestigious awards dedicated to architecture in the world. The young team of architects from ETH Zurich, Alessandro Bosshard, Li Tavor, Matthew van der Ploeg and Ani Vihervaara, and the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, commissioner of the exhibition, received the award at the official opening of the 16th International Architecture Biennale in Venice this morning. The decision was made by the members of the international jury, composed of Frank Barkow (United States), Sofia von Ellrichshausen (Chile), Kate Goodwin (Australia), Patricia Patkau (Canada) and Pier Paolo Tamburelli (Italy). The jury itself is appointed by the Board of Directors of the Venice Biennale chaired by Paolo Baratta, upon recommendation of curators Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara.
 
The team of Svizzera 240: House Tour on the award: "We are extremely excited to receive this Golden Lion for our exhibition at the Swiss Pavilion after having won a public competition. Svizzera 240 is about looking at empty flats. We want to take the visitors on a house tour, which offers you an exaggerated architectural sensibility through which you see the peculiarities of your own home from the perspective of an outsider. We very much hope that this opens up new ways of reflecting on the role the apartments’ interior shell plays in shaping our lives and our identities."
 
The Swiss contribution was selected in a public competition by Pro Helvetia's directorate on the recommendation of an independent jury. "I am very pleased with the award for Svizzera 240: House Tour - it acknowledges the great technical precision also in terms of content and the spatial quality of the contribution and is certainly a great day for Swiss architecture", says Philippe Bischof, Director of the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia.
2018
«Svizzera 240: House Tour»
Alessandro Bosshard, Li Tavor, Matthew van der Ploeg and Ani Vihervaara speak about their project «Svizzera 240: House Tour», the Swiss participation at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia, commissioned by the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia. The Swiss Pavilion has been awarded the Golden Lion.
2018
Now on Biennials.ch: "Who is who" of contributors of Swiss Pavilion and Salon Suisse

New on Biennials.ch – A "who's who" of all the contributors of the Swiss Pavilion at La Biennale di Venezia!

Visit the page to find out more about all the talents behind the projects of the past editions of the Swiss Pavilion and Salon Suisse.

2017
2017
RESULTS OF THE OPEN CALL FOR THE SWISS PARTICIPATION AT THE ARCHITECTURE BIENNALE 2018. THE PROJECTS IN THE 2nd ROUND

Pavilion of Switzerland at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia

The project «Svizzera 240» selected for the Swiss Pavilion at the Architecture Biennale of Venice in 2018.

The Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia has decided, after a two-phase competition on a selective procedure basis, to entrust the realisation of the Swiss participation at the 16th Architecture Biennale of Venice in 2018 to Alessandro Bosshard, Li Tavor and Matthew van der Ploeg with their project «Svizzera 240».
2017
Video Documentation on Women of Venice out now
Swiss Pavilion - Women of Venice, Venice Biennale 2017 from Sandi Paucic on Vimeo.
2016
2016
The 15th International Architecture Exhibition takes place in Venice from 28 May to 27 November 2016 (Vernissage: 26 and 27 May 2016). The main exhibition is curated by Alejandro Aravena.

The Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia has nominated Christian Kerez, architect and professor at ETH Zürich, to exhibit at the Pavilion of Switzerland. The exhibition is curated by art historian Sandra Oehy

Art historian and architect Leïla el-Wakil from Geneva is responsible for the «Salon Suisse» 2016, a programme of talks and events supplementing the exhibition at the Swiss Pavilion, which takes place at the Palazzo Trevisan degli Ulivi.
Partner of the «Salon Suisse» is Laufen Bathrooms AG
2016
Live-Streaming of the «Salon Suisse» One: «Let’s rediscover»
Hochparterre, the official media partner of the Salon Suisse 2016, will be live-streaming the events of the first Salon Suisse entitled «Let’s rediscover» from Thrusday, 16 to Saturday, 18 June from 7 to 9 pm on www.periscope.tv/hochparterre.

Please find more information about the Salon Suisse program in the official booklet.

Partner of the «Salon Suisse» is Laufen Bathrooms AG
2015
2015
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. The main exhibition is curated by Okwui Enwezor.

Pamela Rosenkranz has been nominated by the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia to exhibit at the Pavilion of Switzerland in the Giardini della Biennale. Her exhibition entitled Our Product is curated by Susanne Pfeffer, director of the Fridericianum in Kassel.

Dada specialists Juri Steiner and Stefan Zweifel are the curators of the «Salon Suisse» 2015, a programme of talks and events supplementing the exhibition at the Swiss Pavilion, which takes place at the Palazzo Trevisan degli Ulivi.
2014
2014
The 14th International Architecture Exhibition takes place in Venice from 7 June to 23 November 2014 at the Giardini and at the Arsenale as well as at various venues in the city. Preview dates: 5 and 6 June 2014. The main exhibition entitled "Fundamentals" is curated by Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas.

Hans Ulrich Obrist has been nominated to curate the Swiss Pavilion in the Giardini della Biennale.

Architects and urban researchers Hiromi Hosoya and Markus Schaefer are the curators of the «Salon Suisse» 2014, a programme of talks and events supplementing the exhibition at the Swiss Pavilion, which takes place at the Palazzo Trevisan degli Ulivi.
2013
2013
The 55th International Art Exhibition takes place in Venice from 1 June to 24 November, 2013 at the Giardini and at the Arsenale as well as in various venues the city. Preview dates: 29, 30 and 31 May 2013.  The main exhibition is curated by Massimiliano Gioni.

Valentin Carron has been selected to represent Switzerland. Living and working in the vineyard village of Fully in the Rhone valley, Carron is an outstanding figure in the young Swiss arts scene. His show at the Swiss pavilion will be curated by Giovanni Carmine.

Art historian Jörg Scheller is the curator of the «Salon Suisse» 2013, a programme of talks and events supplementing the exhibition at the Swiss Pavilion, which takes place at the Palazzo Trevisan degli Ulivi.
2012
2012
Miroslav Šik at the Swiss Pavilion  

Architect and pioneer of Analogue Architecture Miroslav Šik is showing the exhibition ‘And now the Ensemble!’ at this year’s architecture biennale in Venice. He has invited the two architecture firms Miller & Maranta and Knapkiewicz + Fickert to collaborate with him on the project. 

The nomination is commissioned by the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia. The Jury, which nominated Miroslav Sik to curate the exhibition at the Pavilion of Switzerland, is comprised of the following people: Philippe Rahm, Peter Fischli, Joanna Mytkowska, Katya García-Antón, Simona Martinoli, Arthur de Pury, Peter J. Schneemann.