58th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia
11 May - 24 Nov 2019
General Information
The 58th International Art Exhibition takes place in Venice from 11 May to 24 November 2019 (Press Preview 8, 9, 10 May 2019) at the Giardini and at the Arsenale as well as at various venues in the city. The main exhibition is curated by Ralph Rugoff.

The Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia has appointed Charlotte Laubard as curator of the Pavilion of Switzerland at the Biennale Arte 2019. The exhibition entitled Moving Backwards features a new immersive film installation by Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz.

More information on the project on: http://movingbackwards.ch/

Curator and art historian Céline Eidenbenz is responsible for the «Salon Suisse» 2019, a programme of talks and events supplementing the exhibition at the Swiss Pavilion.
Entitled s l o w  the «Salon Suisse» 2019 opened on Saturday 11 May at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Venice, and will continue with three subsequent weekend at the Palazzo Trevisan degli Ulivi on 19 - 21 September17 - 19 October; and 21 - 23 November 2019.
Partner of the «Salon Suisse» is Laufen Bathrooms AG


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Salon Suisse

«Salon Suisse» 2019

Organised by the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, the «Salon Suisse» runs concomitantly to the exhibition at the Swiss Pavilion and is now in its ninth year. The programme consists of a series of lectures, talks and cultural events, and, over several long weekends, aims to provide a meeting point for the entire duration of the Biennale. It offers an opportunity to discuss art and the Biennale in a relaxed and stimulating atmosphere.

Céline Eidenbenz, Director of the Valais Art Museum, is developing the programme for the «Salon Suisse» 2019 with co-Salonnières Victoria Mühlig (curator) and Anja Radomirovic (architect). Entitled  s l o w  the programme of events and performances engages with rhythm and slowness by considering topics such as acceleration, bedding, slothing, hypnosis, and more. In an art world governed by the scopic dimension, slowing down would make way for sensoriality and resistance to productivism. Through a participatory programme based on an interdisciplinary approach,  s l o w  fosters resonance, proximity and conviviality.  

Salon Suisse 1 (opening): Saturday 11 May 2019, 3 – 11pm
Salon Suisse 2: 19 -18- 21 September 2019 
Salon Suisse 3: 17 -18- 19 October 2019
Salon Suisse 4: 21 -22- 23 November 2019

Every Salon Suisse takes place from Thursday to Saturday in the afternoon and evening at the Palazzo Trevisan degli Ulivi, except the opening Salon which will be at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Venice.

Please find the complete «Salon Suisse» booklet: here

The full programme of Salon Suisse 2019: s l o w is now available. Opening on 11 May at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Venice, it goes ahead with three weekends; in September, October and November. Check it out! 

Sophie Brasey, "Venezia", 2012
Salon Suisse: s l o w  opens tomorrow Saturday 11 May in the courtyard of the art school, Accademia di Belle Arti, Dorsoduro 423, from 15.00 - 23.00.

Directed by Salonnière Céline Eidenbenz, the opening event will all be about "Choosing the rhythme" with artists inviting you to take part in: a slow walk with Hamish Fulton, a performance with Isabel Lewis, a yoga class with Vidya Gastaldon, slow food buffet, foot & hand massage and more!

The Salon Suisse offers  a series of performances, talks and cultural events supplementing the exhibition at the Swiss Pavilion and will continue over 3 subsequent weekends in Septembre, October and November 2019.

Vidya Gastaldon, Kashmir Yoga Practice at Salon Suisse on 11 May 2019 in Venice. Photo: Magali Le Mens.

Salon Suisse: Retour de Venise
Saturday 17 August, 2.30 pm - 9 pm
Jardin botanique alpin (JBAM), Meyrin, Switzerland

As an extension of the collateral event Salon Suisse at the 58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia on the theme " s l o w ", the event “Retour de Venise” (return from Venice) takes place in Meyrin, near Geneva in Switzerland, with a whole day of discovery and relaxation. As part of the programme FACM@JBAM#2019! the event takes a stand on slow practices by offering guided strolling, a yoga workshop with artist Vidya Gastaldon, a presentation of the Venice Biennale with the 2019 Swiss Pavilion curator Charlotte Laubard, and the 2019 Salonnières Céline Eidenbenz and Victoria Mühlig, ending with a slow food buffet in the garden with a mural film projection by artists Chonja Lee, Jérémie Gindre, Vidya Gastaldon, accompanied by a dj set by Nevena Pulj.


  • 14h30: guided strolling (flânerie guidée par FACM@JBAM#2019!)
  • 16h30-17h30: Yoga workshop with Vidya Gastaldon
  • 18h-19h: Venice Art Biennale 2019 - Presentation by Swiss Pavilion 2019's curator Charlotte Laubard & presentation of Salon Suisse  2019 by Céline Eidenbenz and Victoria Mühlig, Salonnière, followed by a Q&A
  • 19h-21h: Aperitif in the garden & wall projections : Plantes 1900, films proposed by Chonja Lee, Jérémie Gindre, Vidya Gastaldon & DJs set by Nevena Puljic

A collaboration between the City of Meyrin, the Art Museum in Valais and Pro Helvetia. 

Further information: https://meyrinculture.ch/evenement/retour-de-venisesalon-slow-au-jbam#overlay-context=evenement/facmjbam2019

While walking artist Hamish Fulton is currently exhibiting 7 pannels at Stadelhofen train station in Zurich titled Connecting the Footsteps of 21 Walks, let's look back at the artist's 1 hour 'walking performance' that took place during Salon Suisse in Venice in the courtyard of the Accademia di Belle Arti di Venezia last May. This year's Salon Suisse is titled 's l o w ' and is about slowing down our processes and finding one's own rhythm.

Currently in Zurich: https://haeusler-contemporary.com/hamish-fulton-tableau-zu…/

Opening event

The Salon Suisse 2019  s l o w  presented three long weekends of events, talks and cultural happenings alongside collaborators including artists, art historians, performers, musicians, cooks, choreographers, medical doctors and others.

© Samuele Cherubini
The final evening of the 2019 Salon Suisse coincided with the closing weekend of the La Biennale di Venezia, and took place last Saturday 23 November at the Palazzo Trevisan degli Ulivi. 
Swiss Pavilion

Curator Charlotte Laubard, who is nominated as curator of the Swiss Pavilion by the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, has invited artists Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz to present an installation, which includes a new video work. Entitled «Moving Backwards», the exhibition reflects on the current political situation, characterised by its regressive and reactionary forces of closure towards the other and towards difference. Faced with the scale of this recent backlash, the artists, instead of practicing an outright opposition, suggest «backward movements» as a potential tool for producing alternative forms of resistance and action.

More information related to the project: http://movingbackwards.ch/

With the support of:
Antonie et Philippe Bertherat
Stanley Thomas Johnson Stiftung
Service des affaires culturelles – Canton de Vaud
Stiftung Erna und Curt Burgauer
Dr. Georg und Josi Guggenheim-Stiftung
Stiftung Temperatio

Co-produced by:
Ville de Genève
Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven
HEAD – Genève
Fluxum Foundation
Arsenic – Centre d’art scénique contemporain, Lausanne



Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz, ​Moving Backwards,​ 2019 (detail). Installation with film, curtain, stage, bar, publication and performances.
The Swiss Pavilion 2019 presentation of ‘Moving Backwards’ by Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz curated by Charlotte Laubard was incredibly well received by both Swiss and international press and was included in many top pavilion features.
past event
27 Jul 2019
Artist Talk at Julia Stoschek Collection Berlin

Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz
With Irene Revell and Lisa Long 
27 July 2019, 6pm | JSC BERLIN

On the occasion of their solo exhibition ONGOING EXPERIMENTS WITH STRANGENESS at JSC Berlin, artists Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz will be in conversation with curator Irene Revell and curator of the exhibition Lisa Long. 

The conversation will focus on the various political threads running through their moving-image installations. The discussion will also examine Boudry / Lorenz’s use of staging both on- and off-screen, and how the exhibition works as a choreography for the viewer. In addition, the talk will feature their new work Moving Backward (2019), which is currently on view at the Swiss Pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennial.

ONGOING EXPERIMENTS WITH STRANGENESS is part of horizontal vertigo, a year-long program at the JULIA STOSCHEK COLLECTION in Dusseldorf and Berlin, curated by Lisa Long.

past event
14 Mar 2019 6:00 PM
Charlotte Laubard in conversation with Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz at ZHdK
Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz. Photo by Bernadette Paassen
On 14 March 2019, join curator Charlotte Laubard and artists Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) as they discuss their up-coming exhibition "Moving Backwards" at the Pavilion of Switzerland at Biennale Arte 2019. 

Admission is free and the conversation will be in English. 

More information: https://www.zhdk.ch/veranstaltung/38385
past event
13 Mar 2019 6:30 PM
Charlotte Laubard in conversation with Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz at HEAD Genève
Telepathic Improvisation, Still. Installation with HD, 20 min. 2017 Performance. Marwa Arsanios, MPA, Ginger Brooks Takahashi, Werner Hirsch. Courtesy of Ellen de Bruijne Projects and Marcelle Alix.
Join the conversation between artists Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz and curator of the Swiss Pavilion 2019 Charlotte Laubard, head of the Visual Arts Department at HEAD – Genève, as they discuss the intentions of the up-coming new exhibition at the Swiss Pavilion at the 2019 Venice Biennale: "Moving Backwards".

Since the beginning of their collaboration in 2007, the artists have been reflecting on the conditions of visibility and existence of the other besides the categories that define our identities, through performances and installations.

More information: https://www.hesge.ch/head/en/event/2019/talking-heads-pauline-boudry-and-renate-lorenz-artists
Charlotte Laubard, Curator of the exhibition at the Swiss Pavilion at the 58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, Photo: KEYSTONE / Gaëtan Bally
"Care or cure? Curatorial ethics today"

2 October 2018, from 8 to 9:15pm
Kunstmuseum Basel
Gegenwart, St. Alban-Rheinweg 60, 4052 Basel
Foyer, on the ground floor

The Swiss Pavilion 2019 curator Charlotte Laubard will participate in "Care or cure? Curatorial ethics today", one of the panel discussions in the «Schnittmengen» series, organised by the University of Basel at Kunstmuseum Basel.

The recent phenomenon of ever more frequent and ubiquitous largescale exhibition formats –often dubbed with the critical term „biennalization“– both has the potential of shifting the focus of the (predominantly western) art world to other, less visible art scenes, artists and locations, but has also been criticized as a new form of colonial gesture and as catering to purely economic motives. 

Given these debates, how can one define the scope of action of the individual actors–artists, curators, critics, visitors–within this context? What curatorial or artistic forms can we imagine that are neither paralyzed by the current state of global exhibition making, nor ostentatiously embrace the rhetorics of social change through curatorial practice? What curatorial approaches does and should global exhibition making engender? Is bigger always better? And how can the personal, aesthetic and political interest be developed into a certain „curatorial ethics“(Maura Reilly)?

These questions will be discussed by Charlotte Laubard (curator of the Swiss Pavilion, commissioned by Pro Helvetia, at the Venice Biennial 2019) and Nora Sternfeld (documenta-Professor Kunsthochschule Kassel).

The series of eikones-talks „Schnittmengen“ is conceived and moderated by Katharina Brandl and Claire Hoffmann. The talk will be held in English.

"Care or cure? Curatorial ethics today" panel discussion
past event
The Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia held a series of meetings, conversations and  performances at the Kasernenareal in Basel during the 2018 Art Basel. 

Entitled "Living Room", the events included the "Around Venezia" panel discussion, which featured Swiss Pavilion 2019 curator Charlotte Laubard in discussion with Austrian Pavilion 2018 curator Verena Konrad, moderated by Salon Suisse 2019 Salonnière Céline Eidenbenz.
"Around Venezia" panel discussion
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SIKART - Biennale di Venezia
SIK-ISEA Participants
Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz [Communauté de production] (2007)

Paolo Baratta, President
Ralph Rugoff, Kurator
Sandi Paucic, Commissionar Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia
Marianne Burki, Commissioner Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia
Charlotte Laubard, Kuratorin Schweizer Pavillon

Jury members
Jacqueline Uhlmann, Member of the Biennials Jury of the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia
Laurence Bonvin, Member of the Biennials Jury of the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia
Balthazar Lovay, Member of the Biennials Jury of the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia
Michele Robecchi, Member of the Biennials Jury of the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia
Christina Végh, Member of the Biennials Jury of the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia