Salon Suisse 2 at La Biennale di Venezia

En marge de l’architecture: Reconsidering the cultural value of architecture

13 – 15 SEPTEMBER 2018

Running concomitantly to the Swiss Pavilion, this year’s Salon Suisse invites visitors to join transdisciplinary talks and activities to sketch the potentials of architecture in the 21st century.  Directed by architectural historian Marcel Bächtiger, cultural theorist Tim Kammasch, Venetian curator Laura Tinti, and architect Stanislas Zimmermann, the second edition of this Salon Suisse series proposes an encounter with philosophers and theorists to discuss: why is architecture a relevant in history, philosophy and literature? what does ‘cultural value’ mean in terms of architecture today? How does architecture affect our everyday life and how does it interact with people?

These questions will be debated over three soirées from Thursday to Saturday and will be complemented by an exploration excursion on a fishing boat in the Venetian lagoons. To reserve a seat in the fishing boat on Saturday 15 September, please email

All the events are free and held in English. Further details about the programme are available here.

Image: Gabriel Bella, Il Bancogiro di Rialto, 1799, Fondazione Querini Stampalia. For The cultural value of architecture, Salon Suisse 2018.