On the recommendation of its Biennale Jury, Pro Helvetia’s Board of Trustees has nominated Miroslav Šik for the 2012 Architecture Biennale in Venice. In the opinion of Pro Helvetia, Miroslav Šik is a strong and effective voice in the field of architecture theory and contemporary Swiss architecture.
Miroslav Šik will represent Switzerland at the 2012 Architecture Biennale in Venice. By recommending Šik, Pro Helvetia’s Biennale Jury underlined its intention to encourage discussions on the theory and design methods of contemporary architecture in addition to the examples of Swiss architectural practice presented in Venice.
Since 1980, Miroslav Šik has been noted for his incisive positions as a theorist, teacher and architect. His progressive approach combined with artistic and architectural qualities are manifested by his buildings and projects as well as by his numerous published essays. The term «analogous architecture», which he coined, deserves special mention. It is understood to mean designing new building via analogy to existing ones. Miroslav Šik explores forms of contemporary urban development that are in line with the times but also, beyond modernism and post-modernism, emphasise continuity. His teaching at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, based on his holistic view of architecture, exerts significant influence on contemporary architectural creation in Switzerland.
Miroslav Šik was born in Prague in 1953 and emigrated to Switzerland in 1968. In the 1970s he studied architecture at the ETH in Zurich under Aldo Rossi and Mario Campi. As an assistant to Fabio Reinhart at the ETH he initiated the manifesto and exhibitions on «analogous architecture» in cities including Berlin, Vienna, Stockholm and Paris. Miroslav Šik runs his own architecture firm in Zurich and has been Professor at the ETH since 1999.
Pro Helvetia’s Biennale Jury
In accordance with Switzerland’s new Arts and Culture Promotion Act, Pro Helvetia will be responsible for Switzerland’s contributions to the art and architecture biennales in Venice from 2012. The Biennale Jury has now for the first time presented its choice for the renowned architecture biennale.
The Jury is made up of the following well-known art and architecture experts: Peter Fischli, artist; Katya García-Antón, curator; Simona Martinoli, Art and Architectural Historian; Joanna Mytkowska, art critic and curator of the Warsaw Museum of Modern Art; Arthur de Pury, curator at the Centre d’art de Neuchâtel; Philippe Rahm, architect (chairman); Peter Schneemann, director of the art history institute of the University of Bern.
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Media Release Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, 26 July 2011