The quietness enjoyed by Geneva during the summer period is perfect to explore several important exhibitions in galleries as well as in museums.
Painting is omnipresent with works by young artists such as Bianca Benenti and Lin Vorwinzel at Paul-Aymar Mourgue d’Algue in his gallery Truth & Consequences, Martin Disler at the Cabinet des arts graphiques (a department of the Musée d’art et d ‘ History), a general view of Balthus’ career at Gagosian, or the work of Kelley Walker, who uses both pop art techniques and contemporary digital tools, to which MAMCO dedicates nearly 1000 m2. The Center for Contemporary Art devotes all its three floors to the exploration of the emancipation of language through historical and contemporary positions, while the neighboring space Le Commun shows the postures of the Geneva alternative 1960-1970 and the experiences of contemporary Swiss artists. Here are the main exhibitions not to be missed :
May 31 – September 10
Rue des Vieux-Grenadiers 10, Geneva
Kelley Walker (born in 1969, Columbus, USA) uses both techniques from Pop Art (such as collages, photography and screen-printing) and contemporary digital tools to examine the circulation and consumption of images.
Truth and Consequences
Bianca Benenti & Lin Vorwinzel : Rice Grains or Maggots
June 14 – July 31
Boulevard d’Yvoy 7, Geneva
Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève
From Concrete to Liquid to Spoken Worlds to the Word
Henri Chopin / Levy / Holmqvist
May 31 – August 27
Rue des Vieux-Grenadiers 10. Geneva
A major exhibition dedicated to contemporary poetry. In recent years, art has shown a revived interest in the written and the spoken-word world. A new generation of artists has responded to the lead taken by the web and social media in re-introducing the poetic form to a world that had lost touch with the phonic.
Structure / Sculpture
Architecture et performance à Genève de 1960 à nos jours
June 21 – August 30
Bâtiment d’art contemporain
Rue des Bains 28, Geneva
This exhibition aims to be the occasion to go back in time to draw the portrait of some protagonists who, in the Geneva region, carried out research on the margins of the dominant production. The goal is to bring together, at 50 years’ distance, habitat visionaries who have promoted and are still promoting unconventional lifestyles, taking a critical look at the issue of housing and its standardized production.
Galerie Laurence Bernard
June 21 – July 22
Rue des Vieux-Grenadiers, Geneva
May 18 – July 29
Rue des Sablons 6, Geneva
Yves Zurstrassen’s work is always moving, going from lyrical abstraction to abstract expressionism and vice versa.
Cabinet d’arts Graphiques
Martin Disler – Des coups au coeur
April 7 – July 30
Promenade du Pin, Geneva
The Swiss artist Martin Disler (1949-1996) is a self-taught artist who practiced in 1969 an intuitive and powerful art, free from any program or theory. He experimented without limits the graphic mediums, literature, painting and then sculpture, to give substance to intimate visions linked to violence, sexuality or death.
April 26 – July 29
19 Place de Longemalle, Geneva
Balthus cultivated a self-taught classicism—the inspirative sources and rigorous technique of which are so apparent in his interior portraits, street scenes, and landscapes—ultimately serving as a framework for more enigmatic and subversive artistic investigations.