Hailed as one of the most artistic neighbourhoods in Europe, Geneva’s Quartier des Bains is an enclave of Swiss innovation. A short drive from Hotel d’Angleterre, the Nuit des Bains takes place here three times a year and will delight night owls looking for contemporary art in town. Expect Geneva’s most avant garde galleries to throw open their doors until well into the evening, allowing visitors to preview their newest exhibitions. To help you navigate the plethora of places to visit during Nuit des Bains, these are some of our highlights for 2017.
New Works, Nan Goldin at Art Bärtschi & Cie
Art Bärtschi & Cie has been a mainstay of Geneva’s art scene since it opened in 1990. The gallery specialises in art from 1980s to the present day, and is committed to championing the work of both well-established and up-and-coming artists. This year, visitors can look forward to an exhibition of new works by famed American photographer, Nan Goldin. Goldin is known for being controversial and raw, often examining topics with striking intimacy and insight into her subject.
Bourses De La Ville De Genève, Centre of Contemporary Art Geneva
Founded in the 1970, the Centre of Contemporary Art Geneva has the accolade of being the first contemporary art institution in Switzerland. The exhibition that will open at the Nuit des Bains is the much-anticipated Bourses De La Ville De Genève, which features Geneva’s finest young talent. Every year, a selection artists and creators compete for one of the bursaries provided by the Berthoud, Lissignol-Chevalier and Galland funds. The exhibition showcases the work of the finalists, with the winner announced during the Nuit des Bains.
Fifo Stricker 1980-2010 Retrospective, Galerie Patrick Cramer
Right in the heart of the Quartier, you’ll find Galerie Patrick Cramer, run by the author, publisher and gallery owner of the same name. Specialising in contemporary art, with a focus on Chinese contemporary art, the gallery also aims to showcase home-grown Swiss talent. The Nuit des Bains will see the opening of the Fifo Stricker 1980-2010 Retrospective, a comprehensive presentation of the vivid and vibrant work of Swiss artist Fifo Stricker. Expect colourful and surreal works inspired by the natural world.
Exposition collective, Galerie Laurence Bernard
A relative newcomer to the area, Galerie Laurence Bernard represents both Swiss and international concept artists, with a focus on the links between art, space and architecture. Alongside paintings and drawings, you’ll find plenty of installations, sculpture and even performance art. This year marks the gallery’s third anniversary and, to celebrate, the exhibition takes the format of a group show featuring artwork by Laurence Bernard’s roster of artists, including The Chapuisat Brothers and 88-year-old Romanian artist Marion Baruch.
André Butzer, Xippas Gallery
Originally founded in Paris at the start of the 90s, Xippas Gallery now has an outpost in Geneva as well as galleries in South America. The Swiss gallery is close to the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art and, fittingly, specialises in international contemporary art. This September sees the opening of an exhibition by German painter André Butzer, marking his first solo show at the Geneva gallery. An important figure in the German contemporary art scene, the Nuit des Bains will present an overview of his work as well as pieces from his ‘N-Bilder’ series.
Experience the creative buzz of the Quartier des Bains before returning to the comfort of Hotel D’Angleterre for a nightcap and a late night snack in the snack in the Leopard Room Bar.
Image Credits: All images courtesy of Quartier des Bains.