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2018 | Venice Architecture
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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
2018 | Venice Architecture
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02 Oct 2018 until 06 Oct 2018
«Salon Suisse» Three: Investigating space as medium
Salon Suisse Three: Investigating space as medium

Twenty years ago, the Bertelsmann Foundation’s report to the Club of Rome on the topic of “The Limits of Social Cohesion” shed light on potential sources of friction in nation states around the globe. Looking back, the report reads as a prediction of the civil wars that have erupted worldwide and social upheavals that have taken place since then. The question of “How to live together?” (Roland Barthes) is of more existential importance than ever today.

As we reach the middle stage of our journey, we will meet guests from anthropology, sociology, art and the history of photography and architecture. From various perspectives, they will direct their gaze to the collective space wherein our daily lives take place. They will deal with the social behaviour of humans, their perception of space and the interaction with the built environment as well as with the architectural and artistic strategies to interpret and shape this world.
 
2018 | Venice Architecture
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13 Sep 2018 until 15 Sep 2018
«Salon Suisse» Two: Reconsidering the cultural value of architecture
Salon Suisse Two: Reconsidering the cultural value of architecture
Stormy winds toss us on the shores of a first group of islands: here we encounter philosophers, a comparatist and a "promenter" in space and time. We hear many a thing: why is architecture a worthy subject for philosophical reflections, for example, and to what extent are relevant to the practice of architecture. A currently highly controversial term is being deliberated: "cultural value" - what could / should that be? How does architecture affect everyday life, how does it interact with people? What testimony do literary discourses give in this regard and what extent do they represent an enrichment of architectural theory? And how is the imaginary literature and film reflected in the practice of architectural design?


Location: Palazzo Trevisan degli Ulivi, Dorsoduro 810, Vaporetto stop: Zattere

Partner of the "Salon Suisse" is  Laufen Bathrooms AG
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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.
 
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.
17 Jul 2017
Video Documentation on Women of Venice out now
Swiss Pavilion - Women of Venice, Venice Biennale 2017 from Sandi Paucic on Vimeo.
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».