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SWISS EVENTS
MAY 3 - 16, 2017


 
UGO RONDINONE - LET'S START THIS DAY AGAIN
EXHIBITION
May 6 - August 20
Let's start this day again celebrates a new iteration of the Swiss-born, NY-based artist Ugo Rondinone’s color spectrum series that congregates his art, the gallery architecture and every visitor to the space as collaborators in an all-encompassing experience at the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati. Rondinone conceives his solo exhibitions as total art statements, offering the visitor a multi-sensory epiphany that, in his words, “revolutionizes your whole being." This hypnotic installation will be carefully layered in groups that include a neon rainbow, colored gels on the windows, floating mandalas, blurred target paintings, painted windows, gradient color walls and a surreal cast of life-size, clown sculptures. Presented as a constellation, Rondinone marries elements he has used in the past to “bring all those groups together in a colorful symphony.” This groundbreaking collage epitomizes the artist’s ongoing desire to translate a heightened spectrum of psychological states into environments that provoke corresponding moods in the viewer. Beyond just seeing this show, one feels immersed in its enveloping environment – re-imagining what the CAC can be, and what art can be to an audience. In so doing, let's start this day again will not only revamp the way visitors see and understand the CAC, but will also add a unique new iteration of this exhibition that also appears in four other venues across the world: each one reorganizing the elements to fashion a continually evolving experience.
LITERATURE
FEMALE WRITERS AND RESISTANCE
ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION
Friday, May 5 at 7:30pm

Image: Simone Lappert

This timely conversation will focus on the writers’ individual approaches to activism and resistance in their writing practice, and explores politics, gender, and identity through the lens of the female writer. With Lila Zemborain, Mariela Dreyfus, Swiss writer Simone Lappert, Maïa Mazaurette, and Jessie Chaffee. Moderated by Rebecca Falkoff.

Pen World Voices Festival
La Maison Française of NYU
16 Washington Mews
New York, NY


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FILM
THROUGH MY STREET + SPARKLING SILENCE
FILM SCREENINGS
May 5 + 6 

Image: Through My Street - Rio Wolta
The 8th edition of the Annual New York City Independent Film Festival features two Swiss films. The music video Through My Street - Rio Wolta by Piet Baumgartner screens on May 6 at 10:30pm and Sparkling Silence by Ela Franscella offers a story about dancers with Down syndrome on May 5 at 9:00 pm. Both films will be screened at Producers Club.

NYC Indie Film Festival
Producers Club
New York NY
FIVE MINUTE MUSEUM
FILM SCREENING
Tuesday, May 9 at 7:30pm

Image: Filmstill Five Minute Museum

The Swiss/British short film Five Minute Museum by Paul Bush will be screened at the animated short film festival Animated Spirits New Animation from Europe on Tuesday, May 9 at 7:30 pm at Austrian Cultural Forum. It is an experimental animation in which thousands of artifacts from the collections of small museums are brought to life in an animated history of human endeavor. 

The Austrian Cultural Forum
11 E 52nd Street
New York, NY


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EUROPE, SHE LOVES
FILM SCREENING
Friday, May 12 at 7:30pm

Image: Film still Europe, She Loves

Europe, She Loves, co-produced by Swiss director Jan Gassmann, celebrates its U.S. premiere at Panorama Europe 2017 Film Festival on Friday, May 12 at 7:30 pm at the Museum of the Moving Image. The documentary is a close up into the shaken vision of four couples, daily struggles, fights, kids, sex and passion, examining the political via the personal.

Panorama Europe
Bartos Screening Room
New York, NY


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SWISS FILMS AT METROGRAPH
FILM SCREENINGS
Through June 30
 

Image: Sauve qui Peut (La vie)
Metrograph presents the Swiss co-productions Spira Mirabilis on Friday, May 5 at 6pm, Ama-San on Saturday, May 6 at 4:30pm and Sauve qui Peut (La vie) as part of their Welcome to Metrograph series through June 30.

Metrograph
7 Ludlow Street
New York, NY
MUSIC
SALOME SCHEIDEGGER
CONCERT
Thursday, May 4 at 7:30pm

Image: Salome Scheidegger

Swiss pianist Salome Scheidegger opens for rock band Oak & Ashes on Thursday, May 4 at Drom. Scheidegger performed worldwide as soloist in recitals and with orchestras and has toured with video game rock band Critical Hit and with YouTube sensation violinist Taylor Davis. Salome has recorded 7 albums and regularly releases new music videos on her YouTube channel “Salome Piano”. 

Drom
85 Avenue A 
New York, NY


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SYLVIE COURVOISIER
CONCERT
Saturday, May 6 at 8pm

Image: Sylvie Courvoisier

Swiss pianist Sylvie Courvoisier performs Cobra of John Zorn's Game Pieces at Roulette on Saturday, May 6. Zorn has premiered or presented his Game Pieces at Roulette since the 1980s including the 2014 Cobra 30th anniversary performance.

Roulette
509 Atlantic Ave
Brooklyn, NY


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LINUS WYRSCH 
CONCERTS
Sunday, May 7 at 7pm

Image: Linus Wyrsch

Linus Wyrsch is known as one of New York City’s most sought-after clarinetists and saxophonists. Full of vigorous passion for jazz, Brazilian and Latin music, the Swiss native brings a versatile yet distinctive quality to a variety of projects. He performs on Sunday, May 7 at 7:00 pm at Café Wha? in New York. Find more information about upcoming concerts on Linus Wyrsch’s website.

Café Wha?
115 Macdougal Street
New York, NY


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MICHEL MAURER'S 4BANDITS
CONCERT
Wednesday, May 10 + 24

Image: Michel Maurer's 4Bandits

Brooklyn based Swiss drummer / composer Michel Maurer is proud to present his quartet 4Bandits twice this month. Featuring guitarist Alex Levine, saxophonist Peyton Pleninger and bassist Dan Martinez, the quartet is constantly reshaping its music, taking risks and offering thrilling improvisations through a set of original compositions. The first performance will take place on Wednesday May 10th in Manhattan’s Club Bonafide at 7:30pm and the second on Wednesday May 24th, 7pm, at ShapeShifter Lab in Brooklyn. 

Club Bonafide
212 East 52nd Street
New York, NY

ShapeShifter Lab
18 Whitwell Pl
Brooklyn, NY


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VISUAL ARTS
DANIEL SCHWARTZ
OPENING RECEPTION
Wednesday, May 3 from 6 - 9pm

Image: Daniel Schwartz

USM Modular Furniture presents the exhibition by Swiss photographer Daniel Schwartz. The images feature glaciers in Switzerland, Pakistan, Peru and Uganda and the conditions in which they exist. The collection can be viewed from May 4-26, 2017 in the USM New York Soho Showroom. 

USM New York
Soho Showroom
New York, NY


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DUCHAMP'S PLUMBING AND H.A. SIGG
EXHIBITION OPENING
Thursday, May 4 from 6 - 8pm

Image: Dieter Kuhn, The Dawn of Complexity (2005)

Walter Wickiser Gallery is pleased to present works by Swiss artist H.A. Sigg in the main gallery and gallery II as well as the group exhibition Duchamp's Plumbing with Swiss artist Dieter Kuhn. The exhibitions will be on view from April 29 - May 24 with an opening reception on Thursday, May 4 at 6pm.

Walter Wickiser Gallery
210 Eleventh Avenue Suite 303
New York, NY


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SWISS GALLERIES AT FRIEZE
ART FAIR 
Friday, May 5 - Sunday, May 7

Image: Jan Vorisek

Frieze New York 2017 brings together the world’s leading modern and contemporary art galleries, innovative curated sections, a celebrated series of talks, site-specific artist commissions and the city’s most talked about restaurants, all in a bespoke structure overlooking the East River in Randall's Island Park. Swiss galleries include: Galerie Bernhard (Zurich) featuring the works of young Swiss artist Jan Vorisek, Galerie Peter Kilchmann (Zurich), Hauser & Wirth (Zurich) and Lévy Gorvy (Geneva). In addition, New York's Sean Kelly Gallery will feature Swiss artist Julian Charrière’s work.

Frieze New York
Randall's Island Park
New York, NY


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DEATH DRIVE
EXHIBITION
Through May 2

Image: Christoph Draeger, 2016

Y Gallery is pleased to present Death Drive, a group exhibition featuring Swiss artist Christoph Draeger. Through different strategies these group of artists reflect on contemporary culture. In Death Drive, war and death, and, pleasure and desire, are explored and exhausted as a personal artistic medium. Architecture is reconceptualized to favor new ways of thinking, social structure and aesthetics; personal memories are reconstructed, and social and moral precepts are reinvented under new fantasies.

Y Gallery
319 Grand Street
New York, NY

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8 EXHIBITION
GROUP EXHIBITION
Through May 6

Image: 8 Exhibition

Elizabeth Houston Gallery is pleased to present 8 Exhibition, a group show featuring the works of Swiss artist F & D Cartier.

Elizabeth Houston Gallery
190 Orchard St
New York, NY

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QUESTION THE WALL ITSELF
EXHIBITION
Through May 21

Image: Lucy McKenzie, Loos House, 2013

Question the Wall Itself is an international multigenerational group exhibition presented by the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis that features Swiss artist Shahryar Nashat as one of 22 artists and four comissioned works. The exhibition examines ways that interior spaces and décor can be fundamental to the understanding of cultural identity.

Walker Art Center
1750 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN


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H.A. SIGG
EXHIBITION
Through June 10

Image: H.A. Sigg

The Fairfield University Art Museum presents a new exhibition, H. A. Sigg: Abstract Rivers on view from Friday, March 24, 2016, through Saturday, June 10, 2017 in the museum’s Walsh Gallery in the Quick Center for the Arts on the campus of Fairfield University. 

Fairfield University Art Museum
Walsh Gallery
Fairfield, CT


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TIMOTHÉE CALAME
EXHIBITION
Through June 11

Image: Timothée Calame

Swiss Institute is delighted to present Curriculum, the first institutional exhibition of Swiss artist Timothée Calame. Calame’s recent work concentrates on how space is designed and partitioned, using sculptural curtains, platforms, barriers and screens, which are often placed in dialogue with spectral paintings and small sculptures. At Swiss Institute, a newly commissioned body of work explores the effects of failed real estate speculation on public space.

Swiss in situ
102 Franklin Street
New York NY


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SONJA SEKULA 
EXHIBITION
Through June 24

Image: Sonja Sekula 

Peter Blum is pleased to announce the gallery’s first exhibition of works by the Swiss artist Sonja Sekula (1918–1963) titled A Survey, on view at 20 West 57th Street, New York. While many of her male counterparts gained wide notoriety during their lifetime, Sonja Sekula has not been fully recognized for her active role and unique voice within the seminal art movements of the mid-20th century. A Survey consists of a select group of paintings and works on paper that span Sekula’s short but prolific career (1942-1963). 

Peter Blum Gallery
20 West 57th Street
New York, NY


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A WORLD OF EMOTIONS
EXHIBITION
Through June 24

Image: © Antikenmuseum Basel und Sammlung Ludwig. Photograph: Rüdi Habegger

The Onassis Foundation USA's newest exhibition A World of Emotions: Ancient Greece, 700 BC-200 AD explores the meaning and importance of emotions of ancient Greek culture, prompting questions about the value of emotions in our own society. The exhibition includes 130 masterpieces from some of the world’s leading institutions, including six pieces from the Antikenmuseum Basel und Sammlung Ludwig. The exhibition will be on view at the Onassis Foundation USA until June 24, 2017. 

Olympic Tower
645 5th Ave
New York, NY


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THE TRANSPORTED MAN
EXHIBITION
Through October 22

Image: Ugo Rondinone, Clockwork for Oracles, 2008

Inspired by a magic trick described in Christopher Priest’s 1995 novel The Prestige, The Transported Man exemplifies the three phases of a magic trick, wherein a magician appears onstage (the Pledge), disappears through a door (the Turn), and reappears immediately through another door (the Prestige). But how can a magic trick help us understand an artwork? The spectator of a magic trick wonders what happened in the ineffable moment when a magician disappears and reappears at the other side of the stage, in the same way a viewer might wonder what happened when a piece of soap, a mirror, or a shoe reappears as a sculpture.

Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum 
547 East Circle Drive
East Lansing, MI


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ARTIST TALK
HANS ULRICH OBRIST
IN CONVERSATION
Friday, May 5 at 7pm
 

 

Swiss Curator and artistic director, Serpentine Galleries, Hans Ulrich Obrist will interview artists Miguel Ángel Rojas and María Fernanda Cardoso. They will present Conversations in Colombia, a project he began in 2010 that turned into a comprehensive mapping of that country’s artistic landscape. It is not only a book of interviews with artists, filmmakers, writers, and even the former mayor of Bogotá, but a multilayered collaborative project with special contributions by artists. 

Americas Society
680 Park Avenue
New York, NY


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INNER WORLDS
DIALOGUES ON ART AND MENTAL HEALTH
Tuesday, May 9 at 6:30pm

 

Inspired by the profound creativity of artists Carlo Zinelli and Eugen Gabritschevsky, this evening program will explore the landscape of mental health by highlighting historical and contemporary examples of artists living with mental illness. This dialogue will be followed by a presentation of Doktoress Karola and the invisible mirror, a new work by Philippe Ungar on the relationship between Dr. Jacqueline Porret-Forel and visionary artist Aloïse Corbaz. The work consists of a short film, followed by an interview between Jacqueline Porret-Forel and Philippe Ungar performed onstage by Tia Link as Jacqueline Porret-Forel and Kelly Miller as the interviewer.

American Folk Art Museum 
2 Lincoln Square 
New York, NY


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PAST IS PRESENT: REVIVAL JEWELRY
TALK + EXHIBITION
Saturday, May 13 at 2pm 

Image: David Bielander, Mamba, 2012

The exhibition Past and Present: Revival Jewelry (on view through August 19) features the Python Necklace by Swiss contemporary jeweler David Bielander, whose fresh and unexpected approach invites visitors to reconsider historical revivalism through a 21st-century lens. David Bielander will be in conversation at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston on Saturday May 13 at 2pm.

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
465 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA


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COMING SOON
MARYANNE AMACHER'S PETRA
PERFORMANCE
Wednesday, May 24 at 8pm

Image: Maryanne Amacher

Blank Forms presents the American premiere of Petra by Swiss composer Maryanne Amacher performed by Marianne Schroeder, who originally played the piece alongside Amacher in 1991, and Stefan Tcherepnin, who performed it alongside Schroeder in 2012 at Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin. Like much of Amacher’s work, a performance of Petra is not as straightforward as it might appear—there is no definitive score but rather a series of fragments and working notes left to be deciphered. This third ever performance is an expanded version based on a newly discovered notes and scores from the Maryanne Amacher Archive.

St. Peter's Episcopal Church
346 W 20 Street 
New York, NY


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HORS PISTES AT WANTED DESIGN
EXHIBITION + TALK
Exhibition: May 17 - 23, Talk: May 18 at 5pm
 

Image: Hors Pistes

Hors Pistes, an international collaborative residency program, initiates creative encounters, enabling young Swiss and French designers to discover foreign traditional techniques, and artisans to diversify the field of application of their know-how. The exhibition at Wanted Design Brooklyn (May 17-23) will showcase a selection of objects, images, and publications from the two previous Hors Pistes workshops held in Burkina Faso – Ouagadougou in 2013 and Banfora in 2014. On Thursday May 18 at 5 pm Swiss Touch presents: Craftsmen & designers, story of encounters, a panel discussion about global sustainable design exchanges between craftsmen and cutting-edge designers.

Wanted Design
Industry City
Brooklyn, NY


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MEANWHILE IN SWITZERLAND
BIEL/BIENNE FESTIVAL OF PHOTOGRAPHY
VISUAL ARTS
May 5 - 28

Image: Julien Charrière

During more than three weeks, the 21th edition of the Biel/Bienne Festival of Photography shows works by around 25 international photographers in eight outstanding venues throughout Biel/Bienne. The 2017 festival’s theme Extrême addresses challenges facing photography in the context of globalization and digitalization. The festival doesn’t only contain 28 exhibitions, but  also provides the opportunity to attend film screenings, guided tours, talks and workshops.

Festival of Photography
Biel/Bienne, Switzerland


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RECENT ARCHITECTURE IN SWITZERLAND
EXHIBITION
Through May 5

Image: installation view

The image of Swiss architecture, especially internationally, is still strongly characterized by the 1990s and minimalism, the constructed reality is more regionally differentiated and heterogeneous. The exhibition Recent Architecture in Switzerland at the S AM Swiss Architecture Museum shows the commonalities and differences in the themes, content and formal strategies that Swiss architects focus on today. In co-operation with 162 architectural practices from all regions of Switzerland, the S AM has created a visual atlas of current Swiss architecture.

Recent Architecture in Switzerland
Basel, Switzerland

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DAS TANZFEST
DANCE
May 5 - 7

Image: Perrine Valli Photo by Gregory Batardon

Switzerland dances! On the first weekend in May, the Tanzfest dance festival takes place in 29 Swiss cities. The visitors can choose out of 600 dance classes, 450 dance shows, performances and parties as well as a huge range of dance styles such as folk dance, Hip-Hop, swing or contemporary dance. Founded in 2006 in Zurich, the Dance Festival nowadays belongs to the major events in Switzerland.

Das Tanzfest
Throughout Switzerland


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