Complementing the exhibition at the Pavilion of Switzerland at the 56th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia, the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia organises a Collateral Event entitled «Salon Suisse». The «Salon Suisse», now in its fourth year, is a programme of talks and events offering a platform for exchange on contemporary architecture and thought in a relaxed atmosphere.

Laufen Bathrooms AG is delighted to be the partner of the Salon Suisse in the fourth year. As a brand standing for a symbiosis of design, quality and functionality, we have been supporting the events at the Palazzo Trevisan since the beginning with the intention to participate in and encourage an international dialogue in the fields of architecture and design.

«S.O.S. DADA – The World Is A Mess»
The «Salon Suisse» 2015 is entitled «S.O.S. DADA – The World Is A Mess». To this day, Dada stands for the radical, avant-garde attempt to push boundaries and challenge established ideas.
But can Dada still come to the rescue of art and literature after the Situationist International, after Fluxus, Pop and Punk, in a world that is a mess, as former US-Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said recently?
The series of early evening events takes place over the course of five weekends between spring and autumn 2015. Each weekend is devoted to a specific theme: «S.O.S. DADA – The World Is A Mess», «Collective Experiments», «Dionysius redivivus», «YES and NO» and «Speculatio mystica». Responsible for this year’s «Salon Suisse» are the two Dada-specialists Juri Steiner and Stefan Zweifel, who have put together an ambitious programme focusing on Dada’s cross-epochal force and timelessness, exploring the past, present and future of Dada.
«Collective Experiments»
the first Salon (4 to 6 June) cherishes the practice of «dérive» (drifting). We will track down Babylonian babble, flashes of genius and team spirit in the bars of Venice and Matteo Bertelé will guide us to a hidden billiard saloon. Inquiry will be conducted into the operative complexities of art and politics in conjunction with black risotto and films.

«Dionysius redivivus»
The second «Salon Suisse» (10 to 12 September) will explore the Dionysian zones not merely ex cathedra or discursively, but across all the senses and nonsenses, in a programme of films, performative readings, dance, sound configurations and a book launch in collaboration with Cabaret Voltaire. For this weekend we will collaborate with the Flanders Arts Institute which facilitates contributions to the «Salon Suisse» from Prof. Hans De Wolf (VUB, Brussels), Anders Kreuger (Muhka,Antwerp) and Phillip Van den Bossche (Mu.ZEE, Ostend).

«YES and NO»
The third Salon (15 to 17 October) approaches Dada’s negation of the negation and the Dadaist Rastaquères grand NO and duplicate DA-DA-YES. The Salonniers also look into the underexplored relationship between Dada and the African continent, as a means to develop alternative scenarios for the future and explore potential links of the Helvetian reference system of a «Genève internationale», with institutions such as the Red Cross and the United Nations in regard to current applications of the Salon’s subtitle, borrowed from Madeleine Albright, «The World Is A Mess».

«Speculation» / «Speculatio mystica»
The very last weekend of the Venice Biennale, the «Salon Suisse» (19 to 21 November) will leave the Palazzo Trevisan once again, this time rambling through churches in search of the universal spirit of Dada between fantasy, reason, memory, longing and speculation in a spiritual and poetic closing ceremony. A final dinner party will bring together a handful of artists and curators to celebrate the artist, poet and impresario Robert Filliou.

Location: Palazzo Trevisan degli Ulivi, Dorsoduro 810, Vaporetto stop: Zattere

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