57th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia
13 May - 26 Nov 2017
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.