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Results «Close Distance»

The call for projects under the heading «Close Distance» has now closed after two months and with 591 projects submitted. Pro Helvetia’s aim was to encourage the creation of art formats with an innovative approach to coping with the distance imposed by Covid-19 and its medium and long term impact.   «The overwhelming number of applications shows that …

© Mirjana Farkas
The Arts Council

«Close Distance»: Seeking New Cultural Formats

The Covid-19 pandemic has drastically reduced our mobility within a very short time, in some cases down to zero. Cultural life in public has ground to a halt. This unprecedented situation is posing great problems for the arts and cultural scene and requires innovative solutions. What creative strategies and alternative formats can be applied when …

«Swiss Photobook Today» © The Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography
Visual Arts

Swiss photobooks in Moscow

The Moscow Photobook Festival is a platform for contemporary international photography and a gala for photobooks. Switzerland, too, was represented in Russia this year with an exhibition entitled «Swiss Photobook Today: from the Amazon to the Vienna Ball». This year’s Moscow Photobook Festival ran from 20 April to 3 June. One of the main subjects …

Visual Arts

Living Room — Focus on the artists

The Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia presents «Living Room», a temporary space conceived as an open platform for discussion and encounters during the Art Basel week. A comprehensive programme of conversations, performances and networking events with national and international guests will be organised as part of this year’s thematic focus on the artists. Furthermore, the …

Plat(t)form 2018 Fotomuseum Winterthur (c) Philipp Ottendörfer
Visual Arts

Plat(t)form 2019: Good Prospects

Fotomuseum Winterthur is once again offering 42 young photographers from across Europe an opportunity to present their work both to a wider audience and to art and photography experts. From 25 to 27 January 2019, visitors will be able to engage in dialogue with the exhibiting photographers, to listen to various expert discussions and to …

Swiss Pavilion in Venice
Architecture Biennale

Competition for Swiss Pavilion 2020

The Venice Architecture Biennale is considered one of the most respected platforms for architecture and urban design worldwide. In light of the 17th International Architecture Exhibition due to open in 2020, the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia has launched its second general competition for the exhibition project at the Swiss Pavilion. This year, 51 dossiers …

At the Bern Kunsthalle – exhibition «Harald Szeemann: Museum der Obsessionen» © Pro Helvetia
Visual Arts

Discovering the Swiss Culture Scene

Launched in October 2017, the COINCIDENCIA cultural exchange programme between Switzerland and South America aims to strengthen links between Swiss and South American cultural institutions and actors and to foster partnerships. To achieve these objectives, the programme multiplies action formats and supports residencies, exhibition tours and research trips. COINCIDENCIA grants Swiss arts professionals privileged access to …

Swiss Participation “Body of us” @ London Design Biennale 2018 © Stefan Schmidlin
Visual Arts

London Design Biennale 2018

From 4 to 23 September 2018 the second edition of the London Design Biennale will take place with up to 40 countries, cities and territories, that will exhibit at Somerset House in response to the theme Emotional States. Switzerland will present «Body of us» by curator Rebekka Kiesewetter. The London Design Biennale explores how design relates to …