MAMCO, Geneva

A sea of masterpieces on the lakeshore

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A permanent collection boasting the greatest masters of contemporary art and a dense calendar of exhibitions. With a new formula that also involves Italy

Established in 1994 by a citizens’ association and now a prime expression of partnership between the public and private sectors, with its 3,500 square metres of exhibition space this museum in Geneva is the largest museum of modern and contemporary art in Switzerland. Every year, 50 thousand people visit the collection of approximately 6,000 works (from the 1960s onwards) and the temporary exhibitions that are seamlessly integrated in the ample spaces of this ex-factory.  The museum's collection contains, among other items, works by Franz Erhard Walther, Jenny Holzer, Dan Flavin, Sarkis and Sylvie Fleury, while recent exhibitions include Rasheed Araeen, Tatiana Trouvé and Philippe Thomas. In 2018, MAMCO has shown Pablo Picasso's Buste de mousquetaire which was collectively acquired by 25 000 persons through a digital platform (Qoqa) for more than 2 millions Euros. Three times a year, the Nuit des Bains event takes place, during which the entire area is transformed into an open-air gallery.

This summer, the MAMCO will be presenting a new exhibition formula based on the concept of annual “special editions” borrowed from the world of biennial exhibitions. The aim is to bring together a range of artistic styles that have nothing more in common than the fact that the curators find them interesting. Beginning on 8 July, Natalie Czech, Vidya Gastaldon and Jean-Michel Wicker, Anita Molinero and Gaia Vincensini (winner of the Prix Culturel Manor 2020) will be exhibited on the first floor of the museum. The summer programme will also include conferences, performances and off-site events developed in collaboration with other institutes and organisations.
These include Italy, and in particular the municipality of Albisola, in Liguria, which will be the location of an experiment promoted by the Geneva-based museum: “Ballard ad Albisola” is a project that will see a number of artists hosted at the Jorn home-museum for a week, leading to the creation of site-specific projects that will touch a number of themes from the novel Concrete Island by J.C. Ballard (1974), in which the main character finds himself forced to survive on a traffic island on which he is stranded following a car accident. Inspired by the similarities between the junctions and viaducts of the A10 motorway and the concrete island in Ballard’s novel, the artists will stay at Casa Jorn from 25 August and 3 September, while their works will be exhibited, again at Casa Jorn, from 3 September to 15 October, together with a selection of works from the MAMCO collections that will dialogue with the spaces in the multi-venue site.

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© Annik Wetter
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