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25.02.2017
Pro Helvetia opens liaison office in Moscow

Pro Helvetia is opening a liaison office in Moscow today. The Arts Council has already been operating in Russia since the end of 2012 via its successful «Swiss made in Russia» exchange programme. The new office will enable it to sustain and to strengthen relations built up through this programme. Over 1,000 events in approximately …

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02.11.2016
Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler and Carol Bove at the Pavilion of Switzerland

Curator Philipp Kaiser has invited artists Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler and Carol Bove to show their work in the exhibition «Women of Venice» at the Pavilion of Switzerland at the 57th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia. With the project Kaiser aims to explore Alberto Giacometti’s absence in the history of the …

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31.10.2016
Andrew Holland to leave Pro Helvetia

Andrew Holland, who has headed the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia since 2012, will be stepping down from the post at the end of April 2017. After a total of 12 years working for Pro Helvetia, Andrew Holland has decided to leave the Arts Council for personal reasons. Andrew Holland assumed the post of director …

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07.09.2016
Italianità in Switzerland: cultural exchange that lasts

On September 7, 2016, Sion hosted around a hundred representatives of the world of culture and politics as well as Switzerland’s italophile and italophone community. At the heart of the discussions: being Italian in Switzerland («l’italianité en Suisse»). The Valais State Councillor Esther Waeber-Kalbermatten opened a round table devoted entirely to this subject, recognised as …

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25.05.2016
Alain Berset to open Swiss Pavilion in Venice tomorrow

Federal Councillor Alain Berset is due to open the Swiss Pavilion at the 15th Architecture Biennale of Venice tomorrow. On display is the «Incidental Space» project by Christian Kerez, architect and professor at ETH Zurich. Together with specialists from research and manufacturing, he explores the limits of what is architecturally feasible today thanks to modern …

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03.04.2016
Pavilion of Switzerland at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia

«Incidental Space» – A project by Christian Kerez Architect Christian Kerez is to design the Swiss exhibition at the 15th Architecture Biennale in Venice. With his interdisciplinary project «Incidental Space» at the Swiss Pavilion, he explores questions of structural analysis in a thought-provoking way with regard to the architectural possibilities of our days. The «Salon …

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16.03.2016
First Study on Crowdfunding in Culture in Switzerland

More projects realised, more sponsors gained, more money raised – crowdfunding is very much on the rise. For the first time, a study has now explored the extent and the potential of crowdfunding – by which sponsors are sought via the internet – for the financing of cultural projects in Switzerland. Federal Counsellor Alain Berset …

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07.03.2016
Philipp Kaiser to curate Swiss Pavilion exhibition 2017

The Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia has appointed Philipp Kaiser to curate the exhibition at the Swiss Pavilion at the 2017 Art Biennale in Venice. Born in Berne and now based in Los Angeles, Kaiser is regarded as one of the most renowned Swiss exhibition makers worldwide. Philipp Kaiser, born 1972 in Berne, has been …

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05.11.2015
Pro Helvetia sends Christian Kerez to the Biennale

The Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia has nominated Christian Kerez, architect and professor at ETH Zürich, to exhibit at the Swiss Pavilion at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia in 2016. «Salon Suisse», the supporting programme, has been assigned to the Geneva-based architecture expert Leïla el-Wakil. The 15th Architecture Biennale in …

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17.09.2015
Alain Berset honours Centre Culturel Suisse in Paris

Pro Helvetia’s Centre Culturel Suisse, situated in the heart of the Marais district in Paris, is celebrating its 30th anniversary. In a ceremonial act tonight, Federal Counsellor Alain Berset is due to open the jubilee production «PerformanceProcess», which presents Parisian audiences with highlights of Swiss performance art from the pioneers of the 1960s to the …

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23.06.2015
Gold medal at Prague Quadrennial

A contribution from Switzerland has become a prize-winner at the 13th Prague Quadrennial, with the jury awarding the gold medal in the category Best Performance Design Photo to Swiss photographer Iren Stehli. Her work documents an installation – also a Swiss contribution – on Wenceslas Square in the heart of Prague and the various reactions …

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17.06.2015
Switzerland’s contribution to the Prague Quadrennial 2015

The Swiss contribution to the 13th Prague Quadrennial for scenography is due to be opened today by Pro Helvetia. The overarching topic for the projects from roughly 60 countries is «Shared Space», with a focus on temporary and innovative use of public space. Switzerland’s installation on Wenceslas Square in the heart of Prague makes for …

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28.05.2015
Collection Cahiers d’Artistes 2015, Series XII

Pro Helvetia has selected eight artists from over 100 applicants for the latest edition of its artist monographs, the Collection Cahiers d’Artistes. For the first time, the Swiss Arts Council will be presenting the current series of publications at LISTE in Basel, from 15 to 21 June 2015. The new series has now begun a …

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