Founded in 1974 as Geneva’s “Kunsthalle”, the Centre is the first contemporary-art institution in French-speaking Switzerland. A “Kunsthalle” is a space for production, research and experiment. Its purpose is to develop exhibitions and to actively put the public in contact with these exhibitions, with a view to opening up a space for dialogue around contemporary culture, as well as to publish art catalogues and books. Unlike a museum, the Centre has no collection. Focusing on the future, it showcases emerging artists from the local and the international scene.
That is how, for over forty years, the Centre has anticipated trends, discovered new talents, and presented emerging Swiss and international artists. The Centre’s programme involves all the fields of contemporary practice: architecture, dance, design, drawing, new media, installation, music, painting, performance, photography, sculpture, and video. More than 300 pioneering exhibitions have been presented at the Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève, with artists including Joseph Beuys, Olaf Breuning, Maurizio Cattelan, Gilbert & George, Nan Goldin, Dan Graham, On Kawara, William Kentridge, Pipilotti Rist, Ugo Rondinone, Thomas Scheibitz, Shirana Shahbazi, Cindy Sherman, Andy Warhol, Lawrence Weiner, Ingrid Wildi, Christopher Wool, Joan Jonas, Philippe Decrauzat, Fernando Sanchez-Castillo, Martin Boyce, La Ribot, Gardar Eide Einarsson, Adrien Missika, Jakub Julian Ziolkowski, Josh Smith, KLAT, and many more!
Located since 1989 at Rue des Bains, within the Bâtiment d’art contemporain (Contemporary Art Building), which it shares with the MAMCO, the FMAC and the Centre de la Photographie Genève, the Centre has a two-storey 1,000 m2 exhibition space, a cinema, an artist’s residency, a Project Space and a library.
Since June 1st, 2010, the Centre is a Foundation established under private law.
THE CENTRE’S MAIN GOALS ARE?
TO DISCOVER innovating artists from Geneva, from Switzerland, or from the international scene.
TO HIGHLIGHT practices stemming from various media (sculpture, painting, drawing, video, installation, sound, and performance), as well as from cross-disciplinary practice.
TO PRODUCE new works.
TO PUBLISH quality art books.
TO CATALYSE the growing public interest in art, by presenting the innovative approaches explored by artists today to think and experiment culture. Since 2008, the Centre has a MEDIATION SERVICE that uses art as a starting point for projects that involve all types of audiences. The Centre also houses a CHILDREN’S WORKSHOP, a space for initiation and education through art.
To create a stimulating and CONVIVIAL SPACE for the public through a series of exhibitions, performances, workshops, screenings, and other art-related events such as the Xmas Party.
TO CIRCULATE exhibitions abroad and CO-PRODUCE exhibitions in collaboration with local, national, and international institutions and art schools.