Geneva’s 10 Best Contemporary Art Galleries

With globally acclaimed art fairs, such as Art Basel or ArtGenève, taking place in Switzerland, Swiss contemporary art has attracted substantial attention in recent years. The best place to see it evolve is in the cultural capital, Geneva. In addition to collaborative art spaces and studios such as the Kugler Factory, or artists’ collectives that promote and support talent from local to Iranian artists, Geneva is home to a number of exciting independent galleries, including these ten gems.

1. SAKS

Synagogue

Gruzis, 2013 | Christian Gonzenbach, La Pietà, 2013
Christian Gonzenbach, La Pietà, 2013 | Image courtesy of SAKS Gallery and the artist
SAKS’ owners Sibylle Axarlis Rochat and Kristin Stein have gained their curatorial experience in galleries across Paris and New York, before deciding to establish their own art space in Geneva in 2008. This young, passionate gallery represents Swiss and international artists and organizes exhibitions that surprise and challenge the viewer. Each new show leaves much room for interpretation as it combines aesthetic value with a heavy dose of provocation – recent examples include Christian Gozenbach’s statues made from aluminum , or German artist Chris Succo’s immersive, monochrome oil-and-lacquer paintings. Both solo and collective exhibitions feature in SAKS gallery’s active schedule, which presents several shows throughout the year.

2. Centre de la Photographie

Museum, Art Gallery

Falsefakes exhibition view 2013 (left), Patrick Weidmann, Best of Dictature (Exhibition), 2012
Courtesy Centre Photo Geneve and the artist
Geneva’s most authoritative voice on contemporary photography, Centre de la Photographie occupies a prime location on the city’s art scene, both figuratively and geographically – it is neighbors with the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art and the Centre d’Art Contemporain. Launched in 1984 by a group of photographers in search of a place to display their work, the Centre initially exhibited a mix of 19th- and 20th-century photographs, only to shift towards contemporary and documentary photography in the late 1990s. Now home to several exhibitions every year, the Centre is particularly interested in hosting regional talents – such as Dorothée Baumann or Patrick Weidmann – as well as collective, themed exhibitions, from GDR photography to the doubtful trustworthiness of photography as a medium. The Centre is also home to the acclaimed 50 JPG, a photography triennial, which brings together a number of Geneva-based galleries in the city’s largest photography festival.

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