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Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler Flora 2017, production still.

Project Leaders Biennials

Marianne Burki
Head Visual Arts
mburki@prohelvetia.ch

Sandi Paucic
Project Leader Swiss participation
spaucic@prohelvetia.ch

Rachele Giudici Legittimo
Coordination Swiss participation
rgiudici@prohelvetia.ch

T +41 44 267 71 71

Media relations Switzerland

Marlène Mauris
Communication
mmauris@prohelvetia.ch

T +41 44 267 71 36

Venice biennials count among the most important platforms worldwide for contemporary art and architecture. Switzerland has been represented at the Venice Art Biennale since 1920 and the Architecture Biennale 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.

Art Biennale 2017

The Swiss participation

Website of the Swiss participation

biennials.ch

Venice biennials count among the most important platforms worldwide for contemporary art and architecture. Switzerland has been represented at the Venice Art Biennale since 1920 and the Architecture Biennale 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 biennials Jury (2015-2018)Jacqueline Uhlmann, Head of Fair Management and Communication at LISTE Art Fair, Basel; Silvie Defraoui, artist; Balthazar Lovay, director Fri Art, Fribourg; Michele Robecchi, writer and curator; Christina Végh, director Kestnergesellschaft, Hanover
Members of the architecture biennials jury (2015-2018)Peter Fischli, artist; Beatrice Galilee, exhibition curator and critic; Katya García-Antón, exhibition curator; Simona Martinoli, art and architectural historian; Arthur de Pury, curator at the Centre d'art Neuchâtel; Philippe Rahm, architect (chairman); Peter Schneemann, director of the Institute of Art History, University of Bern

Palazzo Trevisan degli Ulivi

Jacqueline Wolf
jwolf@prohelvetia.ch

T +39 041 241 18 10

Location

Palazzo Trevisan degli Ulivi
Campo S. Agnese –
Dorsoduro 810
I – 30123 Venezia
Map

Salon Suisse

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.

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