Must-See Art Guide: Geneva

This week's guide includes Balthus, Richard Kern, Lesar Segall, and more.

Richard Kern, Kim and Joyce Wave (1999). Courtesy of Galerie Sébastien Bertrand.

We’ve reached the dog days of summer, but galleries and museums around the world are soldiering on with must-see shows of some of our favorite artists. This week, we’re taking a trip to Switzerland to sample Geneva’s best exhibitions, and it does not disappoint: Galerie Artvera’s group exhibition explores the Russian artistic diaspora in all its forms, including the likes of Sonia Delaunay, Marc Chagall, Alexej Jawlensky, and many more. Then, Galerie Xippas presents the quiet paintings of Céleste Boursier-Mougenot—an artist best known for his work with sound, but conspicuously silent here as he represents music in the form of monochromes. For work that’s graphic and playful, visit Art Bärtschi & Cie two-person show “Homework Edit,” and for portraits of the distinctly melancholy (and sometimes disturbing) variety, hit up Gagosian’s potent Balthus survey. Lastly, be sure to include Geneva’s world-class museums on your itinerary, especially the colorful “Swiss Pop” retrospective at MAMCO.

Find our full list of picks below, and enjoy the rest of your summer.


Exhibition:Richard Kern: USED
May 25–September 2, 2017
Galerie Sébastien Bertrand, Rue du Simplon 16, Geneva Switzerland

Lasar Segall, Two Heads (1919). Courtesy of Galerie Artvera’s.

Exhibition:1917 Russian Phoenixes in the West / 1917 Phoenix Russes en Occident
When: April 28–July 29, 2017
Galerie Artvera’s, 1 Rue Etienne Dumont, Geneva, Switzerland

Céleste Boursier-Mougenot, installation view. Courtesy of Galerie Xippas.

Exhibition:Céleste Boursier-Mougenot: Solidvideo
May 19–July 29, 2017
Galerie Xippas, Rue de Bains 61, Geneva, Switzerland

Leonard de Muralt and Kevin Gotkovsky, Homework Edit (2017). Courtesy of Art Bärtschi & Cie.

Exhibition:Léonard De Muralt et Kevin Gotkovsky: Homework Edit
June 13–August 25, 2017
Art Bärtschi & Cie, 24 Rue du Vieux-Billard, Geneva, Switzerland


Courtesy of Truth and Consequences.

Exhibition:Bianca Benenti & Lin Vorwinzel: Rice Grains or Maggots
When: June 14–July 31, 2017
Truth and Consequences, 7 Boulevard d’Yvoy, Geneva, Switzerland

Balthus, Odalisque allongée (1998–1999). Courtesy of Gagosian.

April 26–July 29, 2017
Gagosian, 19 Place de Longemalle, Geneva, Switzerland

“From Concrete to Liquid to Spoken Worlds to the Word” installation view. Courtesy of Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève.

Exhibition:From Concrete to Liquid to Spoken Worlds to the Word
May 31–August 27, 2017
Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève, 10 Rue des Vieux-Grenadiers, Geneva, Switzerland


Sylvie Fleury, Bedroom ensemble (Hommage à Claes Oldenburg) (1997). Courtesy of MAMCO.

Exhibition:Swiss Pop
May 31–September 10, 2017
Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MAMCO), 10 Rue des Vieux-Grenadiers, Geneva, Switzerland

Jakob Kolding, Houseplants (2017). Courtesy of Centre d’édition contemporaine.

Exhibition:Jakob Kolding: The Outside or the Inside of the Internalised Externalised
May 19–September 30, 2017
Centre d’édition contemporaine, 15 Rue des Rois, Geneva, Switzerland


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