For the first time in the history of the competition, the Swiss Art Awards 2020 could not take place as usual due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Swiss Art Awards are more than prize money: they are also important as a place of exchange with the professional world, a platform for networking, and of course because they create visibility for the artists, critics, curators and architects. This year they have been given a new form that is decentralised, online or offline. The prize money will be distributed among all the finalists in recognition of their selection for the second round.

Round table: culture and COVID, hosted by Swiss Design Awards

September 2020 © John Allen AG, Zürich, courtesy of Swiss Design Awards 2020

Between August and October, the 55 artists, critics, curators and architects from the last round of the Swiss Art Awards 2020 will be presenting activities that the public can join in real life or discover online. To reflect their different practices and situations, the website has been radically transformed into an online host for their activities, which takes place according to the finalists’ own preferred formats.

The website will present the programme of these activities at a rhythm dictated by them and make them accessible to the global public until the end of October. Throughout this period, the Instagram account @swissartawards will provide an insight into the finalists’ practices and works. A publication detailing all the activities will appear as a supplement to the December edition of the Kunstbulletin.

The jury of the Swiss Art Awards consists of seven members of the Federal Art Commission, selected by the Federal Council, as well as five invited experts. The members of the jury are Raffael Dörig, Laura Arici, Valentin Carron, Victoria Easton, Julie Enckell-Julliard, San Keller, and Anne-Julie Raccoursier. The invited experts for visual arts are Lucie Kolb (2020-21), Uriel Orlow (2019-20) and Una Szeemann (2020-21); for architecture they are Jeannette Kuo (2020-21) and Tanya Zein (2019-20).

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Team Léa Fluck, Paolo Baggi, Sabine Leuthold, Mathieu Musy, Matilde Tettamanti
Art Direction Atlas Studio
Programming Furbo