For over 30 years, Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Arts Council has been supporting the publications of the debut monographs of the aspiring Swiss artists within its project «Collection Cahiers d’Artistes». In turn, Pro Helvetia Moscow actively contributes into the introduction of the project archive to the Russian audience.
First time the Collection Cahiers d’Artistes were presented to Russian general public during the “Extended Cahiers” exhibition in Moscow, initiated by Pro Helvetia Moscow and realised in collaboration with the GROUND Art Centre from 11 November to 10 December 2017. The presentation of all of the publications featured in past 30 years, realised by the independent curator Madeleine Amsler and by Patrick Gosatti, in charge of the Cahiers project. Besides the presentation, visitors were invited to special performances by Swiss artists. The exposition was supplemented by a discussion program, in which Russian and Swiss art critics, curators and artists took part. Read more in our special dossier.
Then, in October, 2018, Ural branch of the National Center for Contemporary Arts presented the Cahiers d’Artistes collection in Ekaterinburg. Original installation and exposition of the archive “Working archive” was designed by Swiss artist Davide Cascio. A video program based on the archive completes the presentation of the сollection. In support of the exhibition, swiss experts and curators run workshops, lectures and discussions. An important result of the project was the publication of zines about four Ural artists: Timofey Radi, Alexander Bazhenov, Lyudmila Kalinichenko and Alisa Gorshenina. More
Also in 2018, the publications of the Cahiers d’Artistes collection were donated to Garage Archive and Library, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art . In celebration of the this, Garage Museum hosted a discussion “Tell about yourself”: Artists’ Stories, Told by Themselves” with participation of Russian artists and Swiss experts. More