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The Centre culturel suisse is pleased to present a bold project by JOHN ARMLEDER especially created for the Centre’s main exhibition space.

The exhibition finally brings to life an idea the artist has nurtured for a long time to question the notions of interior design and appropriation using ornamentation as a conceptual medium.

John Amleder has given the production of the project entirely over to the renowned French interior decorator JACQUES GARCIA, whose creative interiors range from Zen minimalism to neo gothic excess, the exoticism of Egypt revisited and the opulence of Napoleon III.

Jacques Garcia has created for the artist an authentic and meticulously detailed neo-bourgeois apartment containing an entrance hall, dining room, lounge and bedroom.

Here, this essentially private space becomes public with chinoiserie and assorted ornamentation set beside work from John Armleder, George Condo and Helmut Newton.

John Armleder believes that a room is finished conceptually before it is even produced and his work here is clearly the production of this installation by Jacques Garcia following the principles of delegation, which the artist holds dear.


With Switzerland the guest country at this year’s International Poster and Graphic Arts Festival in Chaumont, the CCSP is inviting the publishers Nieves, a Zurich-based independent company founded in 2001 by Benjamin Sommerhalder, and specialists in publishing artist’s books and fanzines .

Artists chosen as guest publishers all have in common a hand-made approach to their work in photography, illustration or graphics and over a hundred artists have contributed to making up the collection, including Rita Ackermann, Larry Clark, Jo Jackson, Thurston Moore and Ed Templeton.

The entire collection can be seen in the Project room and different events and signing sessions will take place throughout the exhibition.

Exhibitions curated by : NICOLAS TREMBLEY

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John Armleder: Jacques Garcia

Kurator: Nicolas Trembley