After Africa, this year Art Paris Art Fair will be decked out in the colours of Switzerland. The guest of honour 2018 is both the birthplace of major contemporary artists and a place at the crossroads of different traditions and cultures. In short, Switzerland is a country that counts in the art world. If the ‘new Swiss art scene’ in the 90s, led by figures such as John Armleder, Pipilotti Rist, Thomas Hirschhorn, Peter Fischli and David Weiss or Ugo Rondinone, has gained its place in international museums, what about today’s young generation of artists?
This spotlight on Switzerland will promote the wealth and diversity of the young Swiss scene through a selection of galleries and artists that are completely unknown or seldom seen in France. The tribute also includes a programme of videos, a section devoted to artist’s books and special projects that will provide different perspectives on this country.
Art historian and independent exhibition curator Karine Tissot will be in charge of the programme devoted to the fair’s guest of honour, Switzerland.
Karine Tissot is in charge of the Yverdon-les-Bains Contemporary Art Centre (CACY), which she set up in 2013. An art historian, she graduated in literature from the University of Geneva and worked for many years at the city’s Musée d’Art et d’Histoire, followed by the Mamco (Geneva).
In parallel to her commitments with various institutions, she has always been active in other fields, such as teaching art history and writing art criticism (Art Review, London; Flashart Magazine, Milan; ArtPassions, Geneva). She has played an active role in various organisations and worked on projects in support of artists and culture.
She has organised numerous exhibitions, contributed to several publications and published around ten books LAPAGE including Les Objets de l'art contemporains (2011); Keliuaisikiqs (2015); Totchic (2016); Franziska Furter and Ex Machina (2017).