Following the success of its first edition, in summer 2018, the Sculpture Garden Biennial will be held for the second time from 12 June to 30 September, 2020 in the heart of the City of Geneva. The biennial will invest public spaces gradually, in several phases. The exhibition will open on June 12 (with no opening cocktail) with about twelve installations, while the rest of the works will join the exhibition in stages until the beginning of July. The official opening cocktail will take place on 4 September at the Hôtel-Restaurant du Parc des Eaux-Vives.
The ambition of this project is to establish itself as a major summer artistic event for the region, offering Geneva, its inhabitants and its many national and international visitors an outdoor exhibition of high-caliber during the whole summer. Initiated and organized by artgenève in collaboration with MAMCO (Geneva’s contemporary art museum) and the City of Geneva, the Biennial is curated by Balthazar Lovay, former director of Fri Art Kunsthalle, Fribourg.
In 2020, the Biennial will present some thirty artworks, most of them produced specifically for the exhibition. Sculpture Garden will take place in three magnificent public spaces particularly popular during the summer: Parc des Eaux-Vives, Parc La Grange and Quai Gustave-Ador. Several events, such as after-work cocktails, conferences bringing together personalities from the art world, and evenings of performance will regularly animate the proceedings.
2020 Curated by Balthazar Lovay
For its second edition, this exhibition breaks new ground, honoring new and original productions, the creations of young artists and works that are hybrids of design, architecture and art. Fountains, benches, architectural constructions, flags and mobiles–conceptual, political, participative works, they draw the contours of new horizons for thinking about sculpture today.
The exhibition has been shaped by an attitude of humility toward the natural elements and the parks when considering relationships of scales and proportions. These parks are appreciated for their vast dimensions and the height of their oldest sequoias, but they are just as full of elements that are less perceptible at first glance, such as the subtle constituents of their ecosystems or the invisible logistics that ensure their functioning.
The artists intervene in this context with works that are as poetic as they are critical, interrogating the current conditions or past history of these places. The offered works transform our perceptions, reveal administrative protocols, are grafted onto built elements, work in symbiosis with nature or even escape our notice. Subjectively and with humor, the artists illuminate the political stakes linked to so-called “public” space and address social issues: women’s representation, queer visibility, social integration and eco-feminist commitment.