Having hosted internationally acclaimed art fairs Art Basel and ArtGeneve in recent years, Switzerland has been attracting worldwide attention for its increasingly vibrant contemporary art scene. Independently owned boutique galleries are tucked within Geneva’s artistic neighbourhoods and centred around the city’s major arts venues. While staying at Hotel d’Angleterre, take your own walking tour of these must-visit contemporary art galleries in Geneva.
Centre d’Art Contemporain
Geneva’s centre of contemporary art is the ideal first port of call for visitors wanting an introduction to the work of artists from Geneva and the rest of Switzerland. As the country’s first contemporary arts institution, a lot of the works on displays are by local artists, although international work is exhibited here, too. Catch exhibitions of sculpture, painting, installations and performance art, among other disciplines.
Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art
More commonly known as Mamco, the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art is situated within the same building as the centre of contemporary art, making it a breeze to see them both in the same day. The gallery, which is the largest of its kind in Switzerland, focuses on exhibiting a diverse range of artwork that’s been created in the last 40 years, spanning a number of media within themes that address the issues of each generation.
Galerie Patrick Cramer
Within the art district Quartier des Bains, which developed around the Centre d’Art Contemporain and Mamco, Galerie Patrick Cramer was set up by the author and publisher of the same name. The gallery showcases exciting contemporary and modern artworks from around the world, with a particular focus on Chinese contemporary art. The owner’s art publications can be bought at the gallery.
Another of the art district’s boutique contemporary galleries is the Geneva outpost of the small Xippas gallery collection, which was founded in Paris by Renos Xippas. The gallery shows international contemporary art in regularly changing exhibitions, and acts as a platform for both emerging and established artists. Much of the artwork displayed here is available for purchase.
Situated in the bohemian Vieux Carouge district of Geneva, the Mines d’Art gallery is another art venue that aims to promote the work of both emerging and established artists. Mines d’Art has a particular focus on paper art and ceramics though, with other mediums such as painting and printmaking exhibited alongside.
Gallery owners Sibylle Axarlis Rochat and Kristen Stein, whose initials became the gallery’s name, curated in galleries across Paris and New York before collaborating to opens SAKS in Geneva. While focusing largely on the work of emerging Swiss artists – but also exhibiting artworks by emerging and established artists from across Europe and America – SAKS hosts cutting edge contemporary art exhibitions.
Galerie Frank Pages
A gallery that’s become known worldwide, having regularly taken part in art fairs across the globe, Frank Pages gallery strives to promote the photography, painting and sculpture of new exciting artists on the scene, making it a must-visit for discovering new work.
After exploring some of the best contemporary art galleries in Geneva, take some time out at Hotel d’Angleterre to reflect on what you’ve seen, while tucking into afternoon tea with a view over Lake Léman.
Header image: Pictures of America by Vik Muniz © courtesy of Xippas Gallery