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57th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia
13 May - 26 Nov 2017
General Information
The 57th International Art Exhibition takes place in Venice from 13 May to 26 November 2017 (Press Preview 10, 11 and 12 May 2017) at the Giardini and at the Arsenale as well as at various venues in the city. The main exhibition is curated by Christine Macel

The Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia has appointed Philipp Kaiser to curate the exhibition at the Pavilion of Switzerland in 2017. His exhibition entitled «Women of Venice» will feature new work by artists Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler and Carol Bove.

Curator Koyo Kouoh is responsible for the «Salon Suisse» 2017 entitled ATARAXIA, 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

Salon Suisse

ATARAXIA: As a word Ataraxia is equivocal, but never neutral. From the Greek a - «not» and tarássein «to disturb», twist it further and it spits back apathy.

Salonnière: Koyo Kouoh
Co-Salonniers: Samuel Leuenberger (independent curator), L.via P.ldi (curator), Rasha Salti (curator, writer and researcher) and farid rakun (researcher and artist)
Location: Palazzo Trevisan degli Ulivi, Dorsoduro 810, Vaporetto stop: Zattere

«Salon Suisse» presents ATARAXIA, this year’s talks and events programme running in parallel with the exhibition at the Pavilion of Switzerland at the 57th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia. Organised by the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia in collaboration with Dakar-based RAW Material Company, the collateral talks programme offers a platform for exchange on contemporary art and thought in a stimulating atmosphere. The programme will take place over the course of the opening event and three subsequent long weekends.

Please find the complete «Salon Suisse» Booklet here.

Photo: ASFI Performance Lunch, Something Else Biennale, 2015. Courtesy Arnaud Cohen

Swiss Pavilion

Philipp Kaiser has invited artists Carol Bove and Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler to show their work in the exhibition «Women of Venice» at the Pavilion of Switzerland. With the project Kaiser aims to explore Alberto Giacometti’s absence in the history of the Swiss Pavilion. During his lifetime, Giacometti declined all requests for him to exhibit his work there.

Philipp Kaiser, nominated as curator of the Swiss Pavilion by the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, outlines his concept as follows: «The exhibition «Women of Venice» aims to reflect on the history of the Pavilion and Switzerland’s contributions to the Venice Biennale from a contemporary perspective, and to initiate new work, specific to this context.»
 

 

Events
past event
09 Dec 2017 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Curators in Conversation: Philipp Kaiser and Katy Siegel
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Independence Avenue at Seventh Street, SW, Washington, District of Columbia 2002

 
Representing their respective countries at the 57th annual Venice Biennale, Swiss curator Philipp Kaiser and US curator Katy Siegel come together to discuss the art of curating on a major international platform. Kaiser’s pavilion brought together new work by contemporary artists Carol Bove and the duo Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler to pay tribute to Alberto Giacometti, who, though one of the most well-known Swiss artists, had never shown at the international exhibition. Siegel co-curated the United States Pavilion with a new site-specific series of works by celebrated LA-based artist Mark Bradford, whose monumental painting Pickett’s Charge recently opened in the Hirshhorn’s Third Level inner-circle galleries. Along with a discussion of Bradford’s installation and Art Basel Miami, where Kaiser curates the Public Sector, the curators highlight their various projects and offer insight into the art world today.
 
More information: https://hirshhorn.si.edu/events/
Location: Palazzo Trevisan degli Ulivi, Dorsoduro 810, Vaporetto stop: Zattere

Partner of the «Salon Suisse» is Laufen Bathrooms AG
Location: Palazzo Trevisan degli Ulivi, Dorsoduro 810, Vaporetto stop: Zattere

Partner of the «Salon Suisse» is Laufen Bathrooms AG
Location: Palazzo Trevisan degli Ulivi, Dorsoduro 810, Vaporetto stop: Zattere

Partner of the «Salon Suisse» is Laufen Bathrooms AG
past event
12 May 2017 4:30 PM
Official Opening of the exhibition at the Pavilion of Switzerland
Official Opening of the exhbition at the Swiss Pavilion curated by Philipp Kaiser. His exhibition entitled «Women of Venice» features new work by artists Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler and Carol Bove

Location: Pavilion of Switzerland, Giardini della Biennale
 
past event
11 May 2017 6:30 PM
«Salon Suisse» One: Opening Event
The «Salon Suisse», organized by the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia and running concomitantly to the exhibition at the Pavilion of Switzerland, is one of Switzerland’s official contributions to the 57th International Art Exhibition. Consisting of a series of talks and events, it provides a platform for exchange on contemporary art and thought in a relaxed atmosphere. More information soon.

Location: Palazzo Trevisan degli Ulivi, Dorsoduro 810, Vaporetto stop: Zattere
 
past event
10 May 2017 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Media Conference at the Swiss Pavilion: «Women of Venice»
Media conference on the exhibition «Women of Venice» curated by Philipp Kaiser and featuring new works by artists Carol Bove and Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler.

Please find the invitation to the media conference and the accrediation form here.

Location: Pavilion of Switzerland, Giardini della Biennale
News
24 Nov 2017
Curators in Conversation: Philipp Kaiser and Katy Siegel
9 December 2017, 16.30 – 17.30
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Independence Avenue at Seventh Street, SW, Washington, District of Columbia 2002

 
Representing their respective countries at the 57th annual Venice Biennale, Swiss curator Philipp Kaiser and US curator Katy Siegel come together to discuss the art of curating on a major international platform. Kaiser’s pavilion brought together new work by contemporary artists Carol Bove and the duo Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler to pay tribute to Alberto Giacometti, who, though one of the most well-known Swiss artists, had never shown at the international exhibition. Siegel co-curated the United States Pavilion with a new site-specific series of works by celebrated LA-based artist Mark Bradford, whose monumental painting Pickett’s Charge recently opened in the Hirshhorn’s Third Level inner-circle galleries. Along with a discussion of Bradford’s installation and Art Basel Miami, where Kaiser curates the Public Sector, the curators highlight their various projects and offer insight into the art world today.

A live-streaming with Philipp Kaiser will be available on Facebook the day of the event. Follow #SwissTouch @SwissEmbassyUSA
 
Please find more information here
 
02 Nov 2017
The first event took place on 9 November at 7pm at S AM Swiss Architecture Museum, Basel. The second event is scheduled for 22 November 2017 at the F'ar - forum d'architectures lausanne.
 
17 Jul 2017
Video Documentation on Women of Venice out now
 
30 Jun 2017

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».
 
13 Jun 2017
 
10 Mar 2017
Looking back at the Salon Suisse 2016 with Hochparterre: complete trilingual coverage online now!
Over the course of six months, Hochparterre, the official media partner of the Salon Suisse 2016 at the Architecture Biennale, has documented the numerous events and talks at the Palazzo Trevisan degli Ulivi! The complete multimedia documentation is now online in German, French and English, check it out here

Partner of the «Salon Suisse» is Laufen Bathrooms AG
 
02 Nov 2016
Curator Philipp Kaiser has invited artists Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler and Carol Bove to show their work in the exhibition «Women of Venice»

Curator Philipp Kaiser has invited artists Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler and Carol Bove to show their work in the exhibition «Women of Venice» at the Pavilion of Switzerland at the 57th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia. The exhibition, which aims to explore Alberto Giacometti’s absence in the history of the Swiss Pavilion, will feature new work by Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler and Carol Bove created specifically for the Biennale di Venezia in reference to the legacy and universe of Alberto Giacometti.

 
12 Sep 2016
The Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia announces title and first details about Philipp Kaiser's project at the Swiss Pavilion at the 57th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia
Swiss Pavilion 1952. Swiss Federal Archives, E3001B#1981/132#379*

The exhibition at the Swiss Pavilion at the 57th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia will be entitled «Women of Venice». New works will be specifically created for the pavilion, which will deal with Alberto Giacometti’s heritage and universe and his absence from the Venice Art Biennale. Giacometti, who lived in Paris, was repeatedly requested to represent Switzerland with an exhibition in Venice, a request that the artist regularly declined, while in 1956, he finally consented to put on display a group of cast figures entitled «Femme de Venise» in the French Pavilion. Curator Philipp Kaiser aims to explore concepts of national identity as well as cultural policy contexts. Find out more about the exhibition here.

Image: The Pavilion of Switzerland at the 26th International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia, built by Bruno Giacometti in 1951/1952. View into the sculpture room with works by Jakob Probst who was exhibited instead of Alberto Giacometti who declined the invitation.

 
08 Mar 2016
Philipp Kaiser to curate the exhibition at the Swiss Pavilion at the 57th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia in 2017

The Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia has appointed Philipp Kaiser to curate the exhibition at the Swiss Pavilion at the 2017 Art Biennale in Venice. Born in Berne and now based in Los Angeles, Kaiser is regarded as one of the most renowned Swiss exhibition makers worldwide. For further information please follow the link.

Press Material

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Press Contact
Switzerland: Marlène Mauris, Communication, Pro Helvetia,
mmauris@prohelvetia.ch, +41 44 267 71 36
International: Caroline Widmer, Rhiannon Pickles PR,
caroline@picklespr.com, +44 79 08 848 075
SIKART - Biennale di Venezia
SIK-ISEA Participants
Birchler, Alexander (1962)
Hubbard / Birchler [Produktionsgemeinschaft] (1990)
Hubbard, Teresa Lynn (1965)

Commissioners
Paolo Baratta, President
Christine Macel, Kuratorin
Sandi Paucic, Commissionar Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia
Marianne Burki, Commissioner Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia
Rachele Giudici Legittimo, Stellvertretende Kommissärin Pro Helvetia
Philipp Kaiser, Curator Swiss Pavilion
Koyo Kouoh, Kuratorin Salon Suisse

Jury members
Jacqueline Uhlmann, Member of the Biennials Jury of the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia
Silvie Defraoui, 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