Swiss Institute is an independent non-profit contemporary art institution dedicated to promoting forward-thinking and experimental art making through innovative exhibitions and programs. It serves as a platform for emerging artists, catalyzes new contexts for celebrated work. It is open free-of-charge, and explores how a national perspective can foster international conversations in the fields of visual and performing arts.
The new building was originally constructed as a bank in the 1954. The renovation was done by Annabelle Selldorf. Compared to its former space on Wooster St., which is once again Deitch Projects, it is much less of a white cube; its basement has gray walls, and nooks and crannies throughout the space harbor little pieces. During its renovations, most of the building’s original bones were replaced with fittings from Swiss design firms—window treatments from Vitrocsa, furniture from Vitra.
The director Simon Castets who is a French curator, is part of the new generation of artists, filmmakers, writers, and other creative types emerging in the age of social media.