Head Visual Arts
Head Swiss participation Venice Biennale
Rachele Giudici Legittimo
Swiss participation Venice Biennale
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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 art biennial Jury 2019||
|Members of the architecture biennial jury 2020||
|Members of the art biennial Jury 2021||
Palazzo Trevisan degli Ulivi
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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.