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"L’Europe des Artistes" is a cultural project on an unprecedented scale: this is a multi-faceted research project unfolding into conferences, events, exhibitions, and publications, dedicated to young contemporary European artists.

It is designed and developed in close collaboration, and over several years, by major European art institutions: Astrup Fearnley Museet in Oslo, Beyeler Foundation in Basel, LVHMs Foundation for Contemporary Art in Paris, and by the curator Hans Ulrich Obrist.

Introduction to the Swiss Art Scene by Quinn Latimer and Fredi Fischli

This thematic evening will present two lectures about the Swiss contemporary art scene. Astrup Fearnley Museet is pleased to welcome Quinn Latimer and Fredi Fishli, who will discuss various aspects of the emerging art scene in Switzerland and some of its most notable participants and spaces.

Quinn Latimer will present "Index to a Small Country: Switzerland and Its Art Scene/ry", which supposes Switzerland's current art world as a kind of book, which can then be read or indexed for easier reading. In her "Index", each name or term will become a kind of micro-essay or expanded definition of its relationship to contemporary Swiss artistic practices and its nascent establishment.

Fredi Fischli will present a biographical approach towards his experiences within the Swiss art scene. During the time he started to work as a curator a new art scene started to establish itself which influentially changed the landscape of art production in Switzerland. The self-initiated exhibition spaces played a key role in this development on which his talk will focus.

The participants: 
Quinn Latimer (*1978) is a poet and critic based in Basel, Switzerland. She is the author of Rumored Animals (2012) and Describe This Distance (2013), which explores the work of Sarah Lucas, as well as shame, palindromes, passivity, fertility statuary, Mexico, Napoleon, Artaud, Beckett, and Sontag. A regular contributor to Artforum, frieze, and Mousse, her writing frequently appears in museum catalogues. Her Pushcart Prize–nominated poetry has been featured in Boston Review and The Paris Review, and her work has been included in “Give Me Shelter,” GGG Atelierhaus, Basel (2013);“Gestures in Time,” Qalandia International, Ramallah/Jerusalem (2012); “Monochrome,” SALTS, Basel (2012); “But the walls are cool,” Galerie J, Geneva (2011); and “The Last Exhibition,” Art Basel Miami Beach (2010). She is the editor of Paul Sietsema: Interviews on Films and Works (2012), and co-editor of No Core: Pamela Rosenkranz (2012). The recipient of a 2012 Arts Writing Grant from the Warhol Foundation, Latimer also recently curated “Emmy Moore’s Journal: An Exhibition Based on a Letter in a Short Story by Jane Bowles,” at SALTS, Basel. Educated at Sarah Lawrence College and Columbia University in New York, she now teaches at Geneva’s Haute école d’art et de design (HEAD).

Fredi Fischli (*1986) is a curator based in Zurich, Switzerland. He is the co-founder of the Swiss exhibition spaces Studiolo, APNews and Darsa Comfort. In 2011 he co-curated the survey show based in Berlin at Nationalgalerie im Hamburger Bahnhof, KW Insitute for Contemporary Art, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein n.b.k. and Berlinische Galerie. In 2012 he was awarded with the Premio Lorenzo Bonaldi for emerging curators at GAMeC – Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Bergamo where he co-curated The Log-O-Rithmic including works by Karl Holmqvist, Kaspar Müller, Ken Okiishi, Oliver Payne, Emanuel Rossetti and Anicka Yi. Recent exhibitions at Studiolo included works by Albert Oehlen, John Sparagana, Ashley Bickerton, Paul Scheerbart, John Tremblay and Gerry Bibby. He is co-founder of the publishing series STUDIOLO / Edition Patrick Frey where he published books on Trix and Robert Haussmann and Keiichi Tanaami. From 2014 he will be co-director of gta Exhibitions at the Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture gta at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ETH in Zurich.

The event is supported by the Swiss Embassy Oslo.

On "L’Europe des artistes":

The project "L’Europe des artistes" will result in a major exhibition bringing together artists from all over Europe, which will be presented from the year 2014 in the institutions that initiated it before travelling to other museums in Europe and the world.

This exhibition will be preceded by – and prepared through - a series of conferences that will start from the beginning of 2013 and will continue until the first opening of the exhibition in 2014. This program consists of thematic evenings to be held every two months during the years 2013 and 2014 in the different partner institutions. These evening lectures will be the first public manifestation of the project "Europe of artists".

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