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16th International Architecture Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia
26 May - 25 Nov 2018
General Information
The 16th International Architecture Exhibition takes place in Venice from 26 May to 25 November 2018 (Preview May 24th and 25th) at the Giardini and at the Arsenale as well as at various venues in the city. The main exhibition, entitled «Freespace», is curated by Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara

For the first time, Pro Helvetia chose the Swiss contribution by means of a competition. Eligible for participation were architects and interdisciplinary teams operating in the field of architecture. After a two-phase competition on a selective procedure basis, Pro Helvetia decided to enthrust the realization of the Swiss participation in the 16th Architecture Biennale of Venice in 2018 to Alessandro Bosshard, Li Tavor, Matthew van der Ploeg and Ani Vihervaara with their project «Svizzera 240: House Tour». The exhibition focuses on the unfurnished interior of contemporary housing by celebrating a peculiar form of architectural representation — the «house tour».

Entitled En marge de l’architecture: Encounters beyond the discipline, the «Salon Suisse» 2018 is directed by Marcel Bächtiger, Tim Kammasch and Stanislas Zimmermann, with the support of local Salonnière Laura Tinti. A programme of talks and events supplementing the exhibition at the Swiss Pavilion, the «Salon Suisse» takes place at the Palazzo Trevisan degli Ulivi. Partner of the «Salon Suisse» is Laufen Bathrooms AG​
 
Salon Suisse
Salonnières: Marcel BächtigerTim Kammasch and Stanislas Zimmermann
Local Salonnière: Laura Tinti
Location: Palazzo Trevisan degli Ulivi, Dorsoduro 810, Vaporetto stop: Zattere

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

Please find the «Salon Suisse» Booklet here.

Partner of the «Salon Suisse» is Laufen Bathrooms AG

Collaborator of «Salon Suisse» 2018 is Bern University of Applied Sciences
 
Swiss Pavilion
The Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia is delighted to announce the presentation of «Svizzera 240: House Tour», a project by Alessandro Bosshard, Li Tavor, Matthew van der Ploeg and Ani Vihervaara, at the Swiss Pavilion at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia.

The exhibition focuses on the unfurnished interior of contemporary housing by celebrating a peculiar form of architectural representation — the «house tour». 

Image: «Svizzera 240: House Tour» © Alessandro Bosshard, Li Tavor, Matthew van der Ploeg and Ani Vihervaara. Photo: Milena Buchwalder
Events
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13 Sep 2018 until 15 Sep 2018
«Salon Suisse» Two: Reconsidering the cultural value of architecture
Salon Suisse Two: Reconsidering the cultural value of architecture
Stormy winds toss us on the shores of a first group of islands: here we encounter philosophers, a comparatist and a "promenter" in space and time. We hear many a thing: why is architecture a worthy subject for philosophical reflections, for example, and to what extent are relevant to the practice of architecture. A currently highly controversial term is being deliberated: "cultural value" - what could / should that be? How does architecture affect everyday life, how does it interact with people? What testimony do literary discourses give in this regard and what extent do they represent an enrichment of architectural theory? And how is the imaginary literature and film reflected in the practice of architectural design?


Location: Palazzo Trevisan degli Ulivi, Dorsoduro 810, Vaporetto stop: Zattere

Partner of the "Salon Suisse" is  Laufen Bathrooms AG
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02 Oct 2018 until 06 Oct 2018
«Salon Suisse» Three: Investigating space as medium
Salon Suisse Three: Investigating space as medium

Twenty years ago, the Bertelsmann Foundation’s report to the Club of Rome on the topic of “The Limits of Social Cohesion” shed light on potential sources of friction in nation states around the globe. Looking back, the report reads as a prediction of the civil wars that have erupted worldwide and social upheavals that have taken place since then. The question of “How to live together?” (Roland Barthes) is of more existential importance than ever today.

As we reach the middle stage of our journey, we will meet guests from anthropology, sociology, art and the history of photography and architecture. From various perspectives, they will direct their gaze to the collective space wherein our daily lives take place. They will deal with the social behaviour of humans, their perception of space and the interaction with the built environment as well as with the architectural and artistic strategies to interpret and shape this world.
 
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22 Nov 2018 until 24 Nov 2018
«Salon Suisse» Four: Sailing into tomorrow – but how ?
Salon Suisse Four: Sailing into tomorrow  – but how ?

The year, as well as the Salon, is drawing to a close, but winds and waves are propelling us further into the unknown. In moonlit November nights, we venture a glimpse into the future: what is the nature of the conditions, opportunities and dangers at the dawn of the 21st century? What can we expect from Big Data and Artificial Intelligence? Will the world dissolve into numbers? What does the “fourth industrial revolution” signify for both individuals and society, how will it change our everyday lives? In order to ensure that the outlook to the future does not remain techno- centric, but also considers sense and sensuality, the fourth Salon will unite macro-sociologists and AI researchers with architects, artists, writers and architectural historians. Various routes are to be discussed: paths to a contemporary culture that deserves to be called “humane”.

Location: Palazzo Trevisan degli Ulivi, Dorsoduro 810, Vaporetto stop: Zattere

Partner of the «Salon Suisse» is Laufen Bathrooms AG
News
 
28 Mar 2018
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.

 
19 Mar 2018
Roadshow: Switzerland’s contributions to the Venice Architecture Biennale 2018
Project team for the Swiss Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale, 1 December 2017. Left to right, Ani Vihervaara, Alessandro Bosshard, Li Tavor and Matthew van der Ploeg. Photo by Christian Beutler / KEYSTONE
Tuesday 27 March 2018, at 7.30 pm
Teatro dell’architettura, Via Turconi 25, Mendrisio


The Academy of Architecture in Mendrisio, Pro Helvetia and the Ticino section of SIA (Swiss society of engineers and architects) are pleased to invite you to take part in a discussion about the Swiss Pavilion at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia.

The Swiss contribution to the Architecture Biennale is considered one of the most important initiatives in the field of contemporary culture and building construction. For the first time this year, Pro Helvetia selected a project based on an open call of 81 architectural submissions.

Pro Helvetia and SIA will present and discuss «Svizzera 240: House Tour» – the nominated project, which looks at contemporary housing – in a roadshow across Switzerland. After events in Basel and Lausanne, we will visit Mendrisio next. The event is free and open to all.

Participants: Architects of «Svizzera 240: House Tour» Alessandro Bosshard and Matthew van der Ploeg; Riccardo Blumer, Director of the Mendrisio Academy of Architecture; Stefano Tibiletti, Vice- Presidente at SIA Ticino; Francesco Buzzi, President at FAS Ticino and owner of Buzzi architectural studio in Locarno; and Marianne Burki, Head of Visual Arts at Pro Helvetia.