Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
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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
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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».
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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.
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.
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.