Overwhelmed by Monday night’s Grand Opening of the Swiss Art Awards, following the magic moments during the awarding ceremony, we thank everyone who joined this first highlight of the dense art and design week in Basel! Some seen, heard and spotted at Hall 4 last night for you….
More than 600 guests joined the awarding ceremony with an amazing line-up of speakers honouring this year’s laureates of the Swiss Art Awards, the Swiss Grand Award for Art / Prix Meret Oppenheim, the award of the Kiefer Hablitzel Foundation as well as the Dr. Georg and Josi Guggenheim Award. Taking place in the congress centre’s grand hall and especially designed by the artist Tobias Kaspar, who teamed up with the Swiss Art Awards advising on the scenography, the ceremony once again marked a remarkable encounter of outstanding positions of Swiss Art and Architecture practice.
Pfffff….Welcoming the guests, a trio of professional whistlers performed a musical intermezzo! Thanks to Camille Aleña, we could commission Damien Fabre, Karen Brubaker and Jakob Kulke for this special act.
Léa Fluck, responsible for the promotion of the arts in the department for Cultural Creation of the Federal Office of Culture, lead as the moderator through the award ceremony.
The artist Hannah Weinberger (accompanied to the stage by her newborn son) receiving the Dr. Georg und Josi Guggenheim Award 2016 from Mandy Gnägi.
The artist Mathias Ringgenberg receiving the precious award of the Kiefer Hablitzel Foundation from Judith Welter (president of the jury) as one of this year’s 9 laureates.
Nadia Schneider Willen, chair of the Federal Art Commission since 2012, consigning the Swiss Art Award certificate to Reto Pulfer.
CONGRATULATIONS! Our 12 winners (11 awards) of this year’s Swiss Art Awards: (from left to right) Eik Frenzel, Gabriela Löffel, Reto Pulfer, Dominique Koch, Yves Dreier, Florian Germann, Sophie Jung, Aurélien Gamboni, Sylvain Croci-Torti, Alexandra Bachzetsis, Jan Kiefer and Benjamin Sommerhalder.
The Director of the Federal Office of Culture, Isabelle Chassot, addressed crucial questions around cultural politics and the relevance of Swiss cultural practice promotion in her speech, introducing the following Prix Meret Oppenheim awarding ceremony .
Following a brief screening of the video portrait by Jessie Fischer, which is part of the Swiss Art Awards exhibition, it was Roger Fayou who gave the laudation for Adelina von Fürstenberg, one of this year’s three winners of the Swiss Grand Award for Art / Prix Meret Oppenheim.
Léa Fluck congratulates Adelina von Fürstenberg.
Chosen by the laureat himself, Patrizia Keller gave a moving laudatio to Christian Philipp Müller.
Happy winner, Christian Philipp Müller holding his award certificate, and quoting Meret Oppenheim in his speech.
Two close friends, colleagues and outstanding figures in the architecture scene in Switzerland: Laureate Martin Steinmann (right) and Roger Diener (left), who stressed the relevance of Steinmann’s legacy for architecture and architects in his laudation.
AND THEN…the doors to the Swiss Art Awards exhibition finally opened at 7 pm for the waiting crowds…. Luckily, the stained-glass cats and cactuses by award winner Jan Kiefer survived the storm!
Christian Philipp Müller in conversation with Marc Hollenstein, graphic designer of this year’s publication “Prix Meret Oppenheim”, which was launched on the occasion of the opening.
The artist Florian Graf in conversation – with a potential client? You can find Graf’s “FG Artist Service Group” booth in the exhibition and learn more about first rate artistic practice, knowledge and the service he offers internationally.
Swiss Art Award winner Sylvain Croci-Torti (third from right)
Swiss Art Award winner Sophie Jung performing during the opening. You can attend her performances in the exhibition every day at 5pm at her installation.
Thank you to all our guests and looking forward to an exciting week! If you have not made it to the opening, please feel invited to visit the exhibition, open until Sunday, 10 am – 7pm, free admission, complementary breakfast from 10 am – 11.30 am, and offering free guided tours, daily from 4 – 5 pm.