Head Visual Arts
Project Leader Swiss participation
Rachele Giudici Legittimo
Coordination Swiss participation
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Media relations Switzerland
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Venice biennials count among the most important platforms worldwide for contemporary art and architecture. Switzerland has been present at the Biennale Arte since 1920 and at the Biennale Architettura since 1991. As of 2012, in accordance with the Arts and Culture Promotion Act, Pro Helvetia has assumed responsibility for the Swiss contributions to the Venice and Cairo biennials.
Venice biennials count among the most important platforms worldwide for contemporary art and architecture.Switzerland has been present at the Biennale Arte since 1920 and at the Biennale Architettura since 1991. As of 2012, in accordance with the Arts and Culture Promotion Act, Pro Helvetia has assumed responsibility for the Swiss contributions to the Venice and Cairo biennials.
For the selection of artists and architects to represent Switzerland at the biennials, the Swiss Arts Council set up two independent juries in 2015, made up of international experts from the fields of visual arts and architecture. Appointed for a four-year term, these two bodies replaced a single jury responsible for both disciplines, which was called on between 2011 and 2014.
|Members of the architecture biennial jury 2018||Marco Bakker, architect, Bakker & Blanc architectes, Lausanne and Zurich, and Prof. EPFL ENAC; Francesco Buzzi, architectural director, Buzzi studio d'architettura, Locarno; Irina Davidovici, architect and academic Researcher, ETH Zurich; Céline Guibat, architect epf sia, mijong architecture design, Sion and Zurich; Isa Stürm, architect, Isa Stürm Urs Wolf SA, Zurich|
|Members of the art biennial Jury 2019||Jacqueline Uhlmann, Head of Fair Management and Communication at LISTE Art Fair, Basel; Laurence Bonvin, artist; Balthazar Lovay, director Fri Art, Fribourg; Michele Robecchi, writer and curator; Christina Végh, director Kestnergesellschaft, Hanover|
|Members of the architecture biennial jury 2020||Céline Guibat, architect EPFL sia, Zurich, Sion; Anna Hohler (Lic. Phil. 1, Lausanne); Venera Konrad (architecture curator, Vorarlberg); Lukas Meyer (architect ETH, FAS, Bellinzona); Rob Wilson (architecture editor, the architects’ journal, London UK)|
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Under the heading of «Salon Suisse», Palazzo Trevisan degli Ulivi hosts the support programme to the Swiss exhibition at the Venice Biennale. During the Biennale, the patrician palace dating back to the 15th century becomes a meeting point for artists, specialists, scholars, students and other interested visitors from all over the world.
In the times between the biennials the Swiss Consulate in Venice organises cultural events at the Palazzo. Depending on how intensively the site is being used, short, project-related stays by artists and academics are also possible against payment of a fee. The premises can also be hired for external events.
The second floor of Palazzo Trevisan, which houses the Swiss Consulate in Venice, has been in the possession of the Swiss Confederation since 1966. The Palazzo’s «Bel Etage» contains a large hall (140m2) for events and four residential units. From 2005 until spring 2012, the Istituto Svizzero in Rome was responsible for cultural activities at Palazzo Trevisan. Pro Helvetia has since assumed the coordination of cultural events there as part of its responsibility for Switzerland’s presence at the biennials.