Founded in 1986, Swiss Institute (SI) is one of New York’s key non-profit institutions for contemporary art. Open to the public free of charge, it provides a significant forum for contemporary cultural dialogue between Europe and the United States. Swiss Institute produces four exhibitions per year along with a series of public programs including lectures, performances, and screenings. Recent highlights include solo or duo exhibitions of emerging artists including Allyson Vieira, Pamela Rosenkranz, Nikolas Gambaroff, and Nicolas Party; shows presenting specific bodies of work by celebrated artists such as John Armleder and Roman Signer; as well as rediscoveries of overlooked figures including Karlheinz Weinberger and Heidi Bucher. Swiss Institute’s artistic program is supported by institutional and corporate sponsors as well as the generosity of individuals.
The Swiss Institute / Contemporary Art New York (SI) is an independent non-profit contemporary art organization temporarily located at 102 Franklin Street in Tribeca, Manhattan. The organization’s goal is to explore how a national perspective can foster international conversations. Exhibitions include visual and performing arts, design and architecture, and admission is free.
The Institute occupied the third floor loft of the New Era Building from 1994 until 2011. The one-room space was used as a gallery featuring primarily Swiss and other European contemporary artists with a goal of promoting “cultural dialogue” among Switzerland, Europe, and the United States, and interaction among the Swiss community and other communities in New York. The space, constructed to museum-quality standards by the firm Pagnamenta & Torriani, was also frequently used for concerts, talks and other events.
In Summer 2017, Swiss Institute will move to a former bank at 38 St. Marks Place at Second Avenue. The 7,500 square foot space, designed by Selldorf Architects, is on four levels: basement, ground, second floor, and roof. The design for the building will include spaces for exhibitions, projects and public programs, a library, a bookstore, and a usable rooftop.