Simon Lamounière

© Interversion, Photo S. Lamunière, Y. Labarthe

Simon Lamunière (born 1961 in Geneva) is a curator for contemporary art exhibitions and adviser for public art, large scale artworks, sculpture, video and new media collections. He studied at the School of Visual Arts in Geneva and received a postgraduate degree at the Schule für Gestaltung in Basel. He then started to work as a curator at the Centre pour l’image contemporaine (CIC), where he initiated one of the first video festivals in Europe. In 1994 he founded the Version Biennials, which he curated until 2002.
In 1996 and 1997 Lamunière designed and curated the website of the documenta X. In 2000 he was appointed curator of Art Unlimited at Art Basel, a position which he held until 2011. He currently works as a director 2m2 in Geneva, a curator at Domaine du Muy in Nice and as an expert of public art in Zurich.
His interview reveals his premises of art possession.

© 2m2-Heimo Zobernig, Photo: Annik Wetter

SAA: What fosters art?

SL: Curiosity, passion, intelligence and involvement.

SAA: Does financial support expand creativity?

SL: Creativity doesn’t need money, because it is an energy, a state of mind. But financial means are necessary to realize ideas.

SAA: Should art belong to the private or public and why?

SL: Art belongs to anybody. Artworks can be posessed by some, as long as they respect them and consider the ideas they convey.