In 2014, we initiated Swiss Institute’s Annual Architecture and Design Series, which has become a vital component of the institution’s curatorial programming. Each year we invite a new curator who has demonstrated outstanding forward-thinking in the field of architecture and design to organize an exhibition that challenges existing notions of what an architecture or design exhibition can be. The first year, artist and architect Andreas Angelidakis transformed our 18 Wooster Street space into a dramatic reinterpretation of Eugene Ionesco’s absurdist play The Chairs. The following year, PIN-UP editor Felix Burrichter reinvented Le Corbusier’s Pavillon de l’Esprit Nouveau into a chromakey, 21st century show home where visitors were recorded and displayed on screens in each room. This exhibition was the most well attended in Swiss Institute’s thirty-one-year history, and it generated lots of excitement amongst our visitors. I am proud to open our new space at 38 St. Marks Place with the third edition of the series, which is curated by Swiss curators Niels Olsen and Fredi Fischli, who will offer a new, incisive take on the readymade and model a cityscape from architectural interventions and design objects by architects and artists. Each iteration of the series allows Swiss Institute to further our commitment to experimental exhibition design and the work of today’s most compelling artists, designers and architects.
I’ve also introduced SI: Visions, an artist-led video series. The series was initially conceived of as a fantasy group exhibition, bringing together artists whose practices we admired, and giving them the opportunity to discuss their practices in unexpected contexts.