Filippo Lombardi, President of the Swiss Council of States, today opened the 55th International Art Exhibition at the Venice Biennale. Switzerland is officially represented at this event by artist Valentin Carron. Mr Lombardi emphasised the Venice Biennale’s importance as the world’s leading platform for contemporary art and expressed his hope that Valentin Carron’s contribution would give a boost to the Swiss artist’s international career. To round off Switzerland’s presence in Venice, Pro Helvetia has organised a multi-faceted programme of events, held under the heading «Salon Suisse» at the centrally located Palazzo Trevisan.
Speaking before a large audience, Filippo Lombardi from Ticino, President of the Swiss Council of States, today officially opened the Swiss Pavilion at the Venice Biennale’s 55th International Art Exhibition. The Biennale is considered the prime trend indicator of contemporary art. Switzerland is represented there by 36-year-old Valentin Carron from the canton of Valais, who made a name for himself in particular by works of sculpture. In Venice, he deliberately eschewed any spectacular display, preferring to present a differentiated look at issues of contemporary sculpture. For the Swiss Pavilion – situated in the Giardini of Venice – he collaborated with curator Giovanni Carmine from Ticino, currently Director of Kunst Halle in St. Gallen.
«Salon Suisse» – second Swiss platform at the Venice Biennale
Switzerland’s second platform at the 55th International Art Exhibition goes by the name of «Salon Suisse» and is located at Palazzo Trevisan degli Ulivi in the heart of Venice. Inspired by the tradition of Europe’s literary and art salons, the Swiss Arts Council has put together a multi-faceted programme of events lasting up to November, and combined them with the possibility of free-flowing exchanges of ideas and opinions. Running through the entire duration of the Venice Biennale, «Salon Suisse» intends to enhance the international standing of the Swiss arts scene and to foster networking. This year’s «Salon Suisse» programme has been curated by art historian Jörg Scheller, who teaches at the Zurich University of the Arts. «Salon Suisse» is aimed in equal measure at specialists, students and art lovers in general.
The Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia is responsible for both pillars of Switzerland’s presence at the Biennale – the Pavilion built by Bruno Giacometti in 1952 in the Giardini and Palazzo Trevisan in the old town of Venice. Switzerland’s new Arts and Culture Promotion Act has, since 2012, placed the responsibility for all cultural events abroad at which the Confederation is officially represented into the hands of the Arts Council.
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Media Release – Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, 31.05.2013