For her exhibition at the Swiss Pavilion at the 56th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia artist Pamela Rosenkranz is working with Susanne Pfeffer, curator and director of the Fridericianum in Kassel. Running concomitantly for the duration of the Biennale, the events programme «Salon Suisse», organized by the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia and taking place at the Palazzo Trevisan, will send the signal «S.O.S. DADA» into the world.
The Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia has nominated Pamela Rosenkranz to exhibit in 2015 at the Pavilion of Switzerland at the Biennale di Venezia. For her exhibition the artist has teamed up with the German curator Susanne Pfeffer, director of the Fridericianum in Kassel since 2013. In addition to her role as chief curator of KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin and a curator for MoMA PS1 in New York, Susanne Pfeffer has curated many critically acclaimed exhibitions internationally, such as «Absalon», «Kenneth Anger» and «nature after nature». Pamela Rosenkranz and Susanne Pfeffer have previously worked together closely on the exhibition «Speculations on Anonymous Materials» at the Fridericianum Kassel in 2013. Susanne Pfeffer comments: «I am interested in how Pamela reflects on technological change and the associated transformation in contemporary philosophy, science, global economy and consumer behaviour in her work. Rosenkranz confronts us with materials and concepts which, through their ubiquity, have become determinants of our time while remaining difficult to perceive.»
«S.O.S. DADA – The World Is A Mess»
The programme of this year’s forth edition of the «Salon Suisse» at the Palazzo Trevisan degli Ulivi is structured by the two Dada-specialists Juri Steiner and Stefan Zweifel. For the «Salon» entitled «S.O.S. DADA – The World Is A Mess» Steiner and Zweifel invite their guests from all over the world to discuss the cross-epochal force and the timelessness of Dada. Events and discussions about the art movement Dada, its past, presence and future are to take place on five weekends over the course of the Biennale, which takes place from 9 May to 22 November 2015. The «Salon», initiated by Pro Helvetia in 2012, makes use of the spotlight at the Biennale di Venezia to further connect the Swiss art scene internationally. In a relaxed atmosphere it offers a platform for lively exchange, bringing together artists, experts, students and other interested visitors from across the world.
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Media Release of the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, 23.01.2015