The Salon Suisse offers a series of lectures, talks and cultural events supplementing the exhibition at the Swiss Pavilion. Curated by architectural historian Marcel Bächtiger, cultural theorist Tim Kammasch and architect Stanislas Zimmermann with the support of local Salonnière Laura Tinti, this year’s programme is an invitation to a journey. If architecture is an island within the archipelago of the artistic and scientific disciplines, then the Salon is a ship that has left the harbour. From foreign shores, we will look back at architecture and explore its cultural and social relevance today.
Global economic interdependencies affect the existence of every individual; the complexities of transnational power and decision-making undermine democracy and civic engagement; the dizzying pace of digitalisation is redefining human beings and their living environment. Inevitably, these phenomena also affect the self-concept of architecture and architects. The traditional role of architecture as built expression of society seems to become increasingly marginalised. Is “architecture” merely a dazzling disguise of realities that it can no longer in influence nor shape? Do architects find themselves degraded to being vicarious agents of an anonymous real estate market? What social and cultural significance can the built environment have under these circumstances? And what would a culture that deserves being called ‘human’ look like architecturally?
In the long history of architecture, such moments have always proved most fruitful when the discourse opened up to ideas, insights and inventions from other disciplines. Today, it is time to set sail again. On our journey, we will encounter philosophers and anthropologists, writers, musicians and artists, comparatists and social researchers. By discussing their work and its link to architecture, the Salon Suisse will open new perspectives, not only on the potentials of architecture in the 21st century, but also on hidden connections that have always existed among the different disciplines. At the Palazzo Trevisan, we will revive the Enlightenment idea of the “Salon” as a place for cultivated, informative conversations and convivial, sociable exchange. Each soirée is also a cultural event: a concert, a lecture or a performance; a tangible sensory experience that will initiate conversation between the audience and our guests, all of them present over the whole length of a salon.
The «Salon Suisse» programme features an opening event on 24 May followed by three subsequent weekends of events, taking place in the evenings at 6.30 pm from Thursday to Saturday.
Salon One: Opening event on 24 May 2018 at 6.30 pm Salon Two: 13 September to15 September 2018 Salon Three: 2 October to 6 October 2018 Salon Four: 22 November to 24 November 2018
The «Salon Suisse 2018»: «En marge de l’architecture: Encounters beyond the discipline»
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.
Swiss Pavilion awarded Golden Lion at 16th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia
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 Ploegand 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.
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».
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.