Le Mouvement


12th Swiss Sculpture Exhibition Biel-Bienne 

The 12th edition of the Swiss Sculpture Exhibition in 2014 has continued the innovative spirit of the format by offering the most radical edition yet. True to its provocative legacy of 60 years, LE MOUVEMENT has challenge the very definition of public sculpture by creating no public sculpture at all. The 12th Swiss Sculpture Exhibition ESS-SPA in Biel/Bienne has been dedicated to performance in the urban space.
The edition of the Swiss Sculpture Exhibition in 2014 was organized by two curators: Gianni Jetzer (Switzerland, 1969, lives in New York) and Chris Sharp (USA, 1974, lives in Mexico City). Their concept emphasizes the body in movement, both physically and politically.
The exhibition was composed of three independent parts (Mouvement I-III), which have enriched and complemented one another. The first two parts have unfold within public space in the streets and squares of Biel/Bienne, while the third part was consisted of a more historical reflection at the city’s public art gallery, the Art Centre CentrePasquArt.
Mouvement I of the exhibition, Sculptures on the Move, has functionned like a question to which the following part has been less a response than a provocation in return. The question has been posed through the curatorial reconfiguration of a selection of sculptures from former editions of the Swiss Sculpture Exhibition. Taken off their pedestals and re-presented in unconventional / non- traditional ways, they have been accompanied by a handful of artistic interventions, which have remained for the duration of the entire exhibition.
Mouvement II, Performing the City, which has taken place in August 2014, has responded to the first part by transforming the very city of Biel/Bienne into a vivid and dynamic exhibition space. A dense network of public performances has addressed itself to a pedestrian audience, while the urban context has been transfigured by the artistic interventions into a space of engaged observation. The exhibition has focused on the interfaces between visual arts and society, the public and the private, the individual and the crowd, immobility and movement.
Mouvement III of this exhibition, The City Performed, has taken place from August to November 2014 in the art centre CentrePasquArt. This museum exhibition has expanded and complemented the theme of the first two parts. Public space has been questioned in the context of electronic media and new social networks (Occupy, etc).
Timetable / key dates:
Sculptures on the Move and symposium
July 4 and 5 2014 (The interventions remained visible in Biel/Bienne until the end of August 2014)
Performing the City
August 26 to 31, 2014

The City Performed
August 30 until November 2 2014, opening August 30 2014, 5pm at Kunsthaus CentrePasquArt

  • Crossdressing-Aktionen, Ocaña, expo 2014
  • Dancer, Dara Friedman, expo 2014
  • Piazza, Pablo Bronstein, expo 2014
  • Looking Up (Plaza de Santo Domingo, México D.F., Agosto 18, 2001), Francis Alÿs, expo 2014
    Looking Up (Plaza de Santo Domingo, México D.F., Agosto 18, 2001)
  • Reactivation (Circulation in Space), Marko Lulić, expo 2014
    Reactivation (Circulation in Space)
  • Vain Combat, Douglas Dunn, expo 2014
    Vain Combat
  • Huddle, Simone Forti, expo 2014
  • Kevin and Me, Dave McKenzie, expo 2014
    Kevin and Me
  • A Needle Woman, Kim Sooja, expo 2014
    A Needle Woman
  • Choreography for the Running Male, Eglè Budvytytè, expo 2014
    Choreography for the Running Male
  • Around, Ulla von Brandenburg, expo 2014
  • Summer is Not the Prize of Winter, Alex Cecchetti, expo 2014
    Summer is Not the Prize of Winter
  • Kissing Through Glass, Jiří Kovanda, expo 2014
    Kissing Through Glass
  • Girl on a Late-19th-Century Swiss Balcony, Pablo Bronstein, expo 2014
    Girl on a Late-19th-Century Swiss Balcony
  • The Departure From Her Feet, Lin Yilin, expo 2014
    The Departure From Her Feet
  • Heavy Weight History, Christian Jankowski, expo 2014
    Heavy Weight History
  • Kunstturnen, Christian Jankowski, expo 2014
  • Body Configurations, VALIE EXPORT, expo 2014
    Body Configurations
  • Trois cercles, Köppl/Začek, expo 2014
    Trois cercles
  • Fotografien, Beat Streuli, expo 2014
  • The Pleasure Project, luciana achugar, expo 2014
    The Pleasure Project
  • A Proposal for a Worker’s Monument in Biel, Marco Lulić, expo 2014
    A Proposal for a Worker’s Monument in Biel
  • SCHAUPROZESS, San Keller, expo 2014
  • Work No. 1701, Martin Creed, expo 2014
    Work No. 1701
  • Striking, Tomislav Gotovac, expo 2014
  • Bag-People, Mladen Stilinović, expo 2014
  • Circle Dance, Germaine Kruip, expo 2014
    Circle Dance
  • If You Don't Want Us, We Want You, Alexandra Pirici
, expo 2014
    If You Don't Want Us, We Want You
  • Mortal Kombat, Ariana Reines, expo 2014
    Mortal Kombat
  • N.P. 1977, Neša Paripović, expo 2014
    N.P. 1977
  • Walk, Hands, Eyes (A City), Myriam Lefkowitz, expo 2014
    Walk, Hands, Eyes (A City)
  • Drift, Trisha Brown, expo 2014
  • Bodies in Urban Spaces, Willi Dorner, expo 2014
    Bodies in Urban Spaces
  • Like You, Liz Magic Laser, expo 2014
    Like You
  • Study of Perspective, Ai Weiwei, expo 2014
    Study of Perspective
  • Tilted Arc, Alexandra Pirici, expo 2014
    Tilted Arc
  • The Complete Works, Nina Beier, expo 2014
    The Complete Works
  • Show, Maria Hassabi, expo 2014
  • The new line, The flexible school or Trust, Alicia Frankovich, expo 2014
    The new line, The flexible school or Trust
  • Amsterdam Erotica, Paulo Bruscky, expo 2014
    Amsterdam Erotica
  • Paralyzed, Klara Lidén, expo 2014
  • Untitled (Remember JK, Universal Futurological Question Mark U. F. O.), Rirkrit Tiravanija, expo 2014
    Untitled (Remember JK, Universal Futurological Question Mark U. F. O.)
  • SSSSSSSSSSSS, Ieva Miseviciutè, expo 2014
  • Nastagio’s Itinerary, Prinz Gholam, expo 2014
    Nastagio’s Itinerary
  • At a bedroom in the middle of the night, Noritoshi Hirakawa, expo 2014
    At a bedroom in the middle of the night
  • battlefield #95 / gaze, Leuba Jérôme, expo 2014
    battlefield #95 / gaze
  • City Dance, Anna Halprin, expo 2014
    City Dance