The exhibition Swiss Art Awards is part of Switzerland's oldest and most renowned art competition. The competition was first held in 1899 as a selection process for scholarships to study abroad. Over time, it evolved into a prestigious national prize competition which presents a selection of current works of the Swiss art scene on an annual basis.
The Swiss Art Awards exhibition is organized by the Federal Office of Culture and held in conjunction with Art Basel in Hall 4 of Messe Basel. This year, 78 contemporary works are on display which the Federal Art Commission and the Jury of the Kiefer Hablitzel Foundation have selected from approximately 700 submissions. These works are complemented by six architectural projects - they are also presented on site in the form of installations - and by the entries of 18 Swiss art and architecture critics and curators.From within this field, the Federal Art Commission, the Kiefer Hablitzel Jury and the Dr. Georg and Josi Guggenheim Foundation select the prize winners shortly before the exhibition opens.
For the international expert audience gathering in Basel for the Art Basel event every year, the Swiss Art Awards provides an excellent opportunity to obtain an overview, on the basis of a selected cross-section, on the latest highlights of Swiss contemporary art. With the preview held on June 10, the daily guided tours and complimentary breakfast during the entire week, the Swiss Art Awards furthermore serves as the annual meeting place for the Swiss art scene where artists, curators, gallery owners and critics can network and initiate new projects and ideas.
Mon, June 10 | Awards ceremony, 5pm
Mon, June 10 | Preview, 6pm - 9pm
Mon, June 10 | Opening Party at Volkshaus Baselhosted by Swiss Art Awards, Collection Cahiers d'Artistes and LISTE, 10pm - 2am
Tue - Sun, June 11 - June 16 | Disch Café offers a morning trilogy of Bs: beans, bees'n'bread, 10am -11am
Tue - Sun, June 11 - June 16 | Daily Guided tours. No reservation required (last tour at 10:30am on Sunday), 10:30am - 7pm