After Africa, Art Paris Art Fair 2018 will be decked out with Switzerland colors. The 2018 Guest of honour not only is the birthplace of major contemporary artists but the meeting point of several cultures and traditions. In short, Switzerland is a must in the Art sphere. If the ‘new Swiss art scene’ of the 1990s, led by figures such as Pipilotti Rist, John Armleder, Thomas Hirschhorn, Fischli & Weiss or Ugo Rondinone, has gained its place in major international museums, what about today’s young generation of artists?
This year’s spotlight will be promoting the new Swiss scene’s wealth and diversity through a selection of completely unknown or seldom seen in France galleries and artists. This tribute also includes video programmes, artists’ books dedicated sections and special projects offering contrasting 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. She graduated in literature from the University of Geneva and worked for many years at the city's Museum of Art and History, followed by the Mamco (Geneva).
In addition to her commitments with various institutions, she has always been active in other fields, such as teaching art history and writing art critics (Art Review, London; Flashart Magazine, Milan; ArtPassions, Geneva). She has played an active role in various organisations and worked on projects supporting artists and culture.
Karine Tissot has also organised numerous exhibitions, contributed to several publications and published nearly ten books LAPAGE including Les Objets de l'art contemporains (2011); Keliuaisikiqs (2015); Totchic (2016); Franziska Furter and Ex Machina (2017).