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Salonnier Marcel Bächtiger looks back at the second salon of Salon Suisse 2018 on Hochparterre

Salon Suisse returns next month for the final installment of the 2018 programme, looking into architecture in the age of Big Data and artificial intelligence.

Organised by Pro Helvetia, the Salon Suisse offers a series of lectures, talks and cultural events supplementing the exhibition at the Swiss Pavilion. 
The curators of the Swiss Pavilion 2018 "Svizzera 240" invite you to join the launch of "House Tour: Views of the Unfurnished Interior"
The curators of the Swiss Pavilion 2018 "Svizzera 240" invite you to join the book launch of "House Tour: Views of the Unfurnished Interior"

Thursday, 20 September 2018, 7pm
Never Stop Reading
Spiegelgasse 18, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland

In collaboration with Park Books, the curators of the Swiss Pavilion 2019, Alessandro Bosshard, Li Tavor, Matthew van der Ploeg, Ani Vihervaara, invite you to join the launch of "House Tour: Views of the Unfurnished Interior" this Thursday at the Never Stop Reading book store in Zurich. 

During the event, the curators will present the image research that acted as the basis for the Svizzera 240 project in discussion with contributors Dr Emma Jones and Professor Martin Steinmann. Imogen Macpherson and Luca Bazelli will show a collection of documentary images of contemporary Swiss interiors. And last but not least, graphic designer Martin Stoecklin and the curators will discuss and contrast the development of the ‘house tour’ in its two dimensional (book) and three dimensional (pavilion) formats, leading to a discussion on how the Swiss Pavilion Svizzera 240 both responds to, and incites, critical debates within contemporary architecture.

All of which you can experience, in less than an hour, with a drink in your hand.
Swiss Pavilion 2019 curator Charlotte Laubard participating in the «Schnittmengen» panel discussion at Kunstmuseum Basel
"Care or cure? Curatorial ethics today"

2 October 2018, 8–9:15 pm
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.

Svizzera 240 at the Centre culturel suisse in Paris
Installation view of “Svizzera 240: House Tour” at the Swiss Pavilion at the16th International Architecture Exhibition–La Biennale di Venezia, Photo: Christian Beutler / KEYSTONE
Svizzera 240 – A lecture by Swiss Pavilion 2018 architects Alessandro Bosshard and Li Tavor

25 September 2018, 8–10 pm
Centre culturel suisse
2-38 rue des Francs-Bourgeois / F-75003 Paris
Reservation: http://ccsparis.com/billetterie

On 25 September 2018, Alessandro Bosshard and Li Tavor, two of the architects behind "Svizzera 240: House Tour", will present the team's research that led to the Golden Lion Award winning project at this year's Swiss Pavilion at the 16th La Biennale di Venezia.
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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
November 2018
24 Sep 2018
Salon Suisse 2: Exploration 1 “The Anatomy of the Lagoon” video out!


14 Sep 2018
«Salon Suisse 2018» En marge de l’architecture video now out!
30 Aug 2018
Now on Biennials.ch: "Who is who" of contributors of Swiss Pavilion and Salon Suisse

New on Biennials.ch – A "who's who" of all the contributors of the Swiss Pavilion at La Biennale di Venezia!

Visit the page to find out more about all the talents behind the projects of the past editions of the Swiss Pavilion and Salon Suisse.

18 Jun 2018
The Venice Architecture Biennale is one of the most prominent platforms for architecture and urban planning worldwide. Its 17th edition is due to start in spring 2020. For the second time, Pro Helvetia has decided to choose the Swiss contribution by means of a competition. Eligible for participation are architects and interdisciplinary teams operating in the field of architecture. Members of a team must be Swiss citizens or else have a clear connection to Switzerland.

Please find Information on the competition is available here

The selection procedure is divided into two stages. In a first round, interested parties can submit a draft of their project via our application portal www.myprohelvetia.ch by 16 September 2018 at the latest. All contributions submitted will be publicly exhibited at a later date.
14 Jun 2018
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
06 Jun 2018
Look back at the opening of "Salon Suisse 2018" with Salonier Marcel Bächtiger now on Hochparterre

For our German readers: Marcel Bächtiger, one of the four Saloniers of this year’s “Salon Suisse”, has written about the “Salon Suisse” opening which took place in Venice on Thursday 24 May 2018. Read "Aus dem Leben eines Saloniers, 1. Teil” on the website of our media partner Hochparterre, check it out here

The “Salon Suisse” programme, initiated by Pro Helvetia, will continue from 13 to 15 September 2018 at Palazzo Trevisan Degli Ulivi.

Partner of the «Salon Suisse» is Laufen Bathrooms AG​

29 May 2018
Salon Suisse 2018 opening
27 May 2018
«Svizzera 240: House Tour»
Alessandro Bosshard, Li Tavor, Matthew van der Ploeg and Ani Vihervaara speak about their project «Svizzera 240: House Tour», the Swiss participation at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia, commissioned by the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia. The Swiss Pavilion has been awarded the Golden Lion.
26 May 2018
Left to right: Matthew van der Ploeg, Paolo Baratta, Marianne Burki, Rachele Maistrello, Ani Vihervaara, Milena Buchwalder, Alessandro Bosshard, Li Tavor and Sandi Paucic. Project team for the Swiss Pavilion at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia receiving the Golden Lion, 26 May 2018. Photo: Peter Klaunzer / KEYSTONE
The Swiss Pavilion has been awarded the Golden Lion for best national participation at 16th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia.
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.

23 Mar 2018
Video Documentation on Salon Suisse 2017: ATARAXIA out now
The final weekend of Salon Suisse 2017: ATARAXIA featured performances by Claudia Comte, Marcos Lutyens, Megan Rooney and others. Video available on the Pro Helvetia YouTube channel.
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.
06 Mar 2018
Charlotte Laubard, Curator of the exhibition at the Swiss Pavilion at the 58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, Photo: KEYSTONE / Gaëtan Bally
The Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia has appointed Charlotte Laubard as curator of the Pavilion of Switzerland at the Biennale Arte 2019. The Geneva-based, Franco-Swiss art historian and curator combines artistic, historical, and interdisciplinary approaches in her work and is a renowned, international exhibition organizer.
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 and second events took place on 9 November 2017 at 7pm at S AM Swiss Architecture Museum, Basel and on 22 November 2017 at the F'ar - forum d'architectures lausanne.