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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 tour around the world, with the Centre Culturel Suisse in Paris as the first stop on today.

With its Collection Cahiers d’Artistes, Pro Helvetia enables aspiring Swiss artists the publication of an initial monograph to their name. Once every two years, based on the recommendation of a specialist jury, the Swiss Arts Council selects eight artists out of those who have followed a call for applications. The monographs are designed in close cooperation with the artists themselves. For the artists, this represents a unique opportunity to make their work – underscored with a professionally written text – better known to the international art scene as well as to a wider audience. In addition, the Collection Cahiers d’Artistes enables Pro Helvetia to publicise trends in the contemporary Swiss arts scene both at home and abroad. The Cahiers d’Artistes series was launched by the Swiss Arts Council in 1984 and has been published by Edizioni Periferia (Lucerne/Poschiavo) since 2006.

Cahiers on tour

A new online platform for the Collection Cahiers d’Artistes has been created at www.cahiers.ch. It contains additional information and texts on the artists selected for the current series and makes all the monographs published over the past 30 years available in digitised form. For the first time in the history of the Cahiers, this year’s Collection will be presented at LISTE | Art Fair at the former Warteck brewery in Basel. From 15 to 21 June 2015, the Druckwerk studio there will host daily events in connection with the monographs, featuring artists, curators and art critics. The presentation in Basel forms part of the Cahiers d’Artistes’ international tour starting on 29 May 2015 at the Centre Culturel Suisse in Paris (www.ccsparis.com). Further stops scheduled include the Tokyo Art Book Fair (www.zinesmate.org) and the New York Art Book Fair (www.nyartbookfair.com), both in September 2015, as well as during the Frieze Art Fair London in October.

More information on the Collection Cahiers d’Artistes can be accessed at www.cahiers.ch.

For the 2015 edition (Series XII), Pro Helvetia picked the following eight artists out of over 100 contestants on the basis of recommendations by an independent jury:

Thomas Bonny, 1975, lives and works in Geneva.

Author: Jill Gasparina, Le Confort Moderne, Poitiers

Delphine Chapuis Schmitz, 1979, lives and works in Zurich.


Author: Chuz Martinez, Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst FHNW, Basel

Daniel Karrer, 1983, lives and works in Basel.

Author: Aoife Rosenmeyer, freelance art critic, Zurich

Gabriela Löffel, 1972, lives and works in Berne and Geneva.


Author: Andrea Cinel, ARGOS, Brussels

Sara Masüger, 1978, lives and works in Zurich.


Author: Raphaël Gygax, Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich

Filib Schürmann, 1976, lives and works in Zurich.


Author: Simon Grant, TATE Etc., London

Miki Tallone, 1968, lives and works in Minusio.


Author: Michele Robecchi, Phaidon Press

Benjamin Valenza, 1980, lives and works in Lausanne.


Author: Lucia Pietroiusti, Serpentine Galleries, London

Media contact: Sabina Schwarzenbach, Head of Communication,

T +41 44 267 71 39, sschwarzenbach@prohelvetia.ch

Media Release Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, 29.05.2015