The SWISS ART AWARDS are part of Switzerland’s oldest and most renowned art competition – the Schweizer Kunstwettbewerb (Swiss Art Competition). Organised annually by the Swiss Federal Office for Culture since 1899, the exhibition offers insight into current art and architecture making in Switzerland and is a valuable index for art professionals and lovers.
Here a first selection from the participants of 2017 edition.


Gina Folly –– (b. 1983) lives and works in Basel. Recent solo exhibitions include Temporarily Unavailable, Ginevra Gambino, Koln; Domestic Problems, Almanac, London; Soon is now, SPREEZ, Munich; New Conditions, Ermes-Ermes, Rome; Me You 2, with Lene Adler Petersen, Space Is The Place, Basel; Ströme, with Mandla Reuter, S.A.L.T.S., Birsfelden.

Tobias Madison –– (b. 1985) lives and works in Zurich and Los Angeles. Recent solo exhibitions include Crisis Tourism, The Modern Institute, Glasgow; Welcome to the Jungle, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin; Galerie Francesca Pia, Zurich; Deficiency Depletion, Freedman Fitzpatrick, Los Angeles; NO; NO; H E P, Kunsthalle Zurich, Zurich.

Kaspar Müller –– (b. 1983) lives and works in Berlin and Zurich. Recent solo exhibitions include Galerie Francesca Pia, Zurich; jmseradzfghdsjkfhbycmxcfnbkladshj, Société, Berlin; Walter König Buchhandlung, Berlin; The Green Gallery, Books, Milwaukee; Allegiance and Oblivion, Federico Vavassori, Milan; Schätze der Erinnerung, Société, Berlin; I shrunk the Kids, Kunsthalle Bern, Bern.

Yves Scherer –– (b. 1987) is based in New York City. Recent solo exhibitions include A Bigger Splash, Lyles & King, New York; Our Life, Rod Bianco Gallery, Oslo; Single, Galerie Guido W. Baudach, Berlin and Honey Moon, Swiss Institute, New York. He has shown his work in group exhibitions including: ICA, London; Kunsthaus, Basel; Futura, Prague.


Samuel Leuenberger –– (b. 1974) is the Founding Director and Curator of SALTS, Birsfelden. Leuenberger has been curating the Parcours Sector at Art Basel since 2015 and he has become Member of the Commission at Kunstkredit Basel-Stadt in 2016.


Matteo Inches –– (b. 1984) is a Swiss-Italian architect, founder in 2013 of Studio Inches. Matteo worked for two years with Buzzi & Buzzi and, after three years as a freelance architect, he established his own practice in Locarno. Since 2013, Matteo has been a scientistic collaborator at the Dipartimento del Territorio of Canton Ticino.


Opening June 12, 7-10 pm
Exhibition through June 18

Messe Basel, Hall 3