15 years of support to the Swiss contemporary art scene : >1001 projects<


2006 marks the 15th anniversary of the Fondation Nestlé pour l’Art. Created in 1991 to celebrate the company’s 125th anniversary, its mission is to promote the contemporary creation in Switzerland.

Considering art projects as its most valuable resource, even its “raison d'être”, the Foundation wanted to pay tribute to them by organizing special festivities under the theme of >1001 Projects<, a number symbolizing both a rich past and a promising future.

On October 13th 2006, 300 artists, heads of institutions, representatives of the cultural life in Switzerland, friends and partners of the Foundation met at the Kulturhallen Dampfzentrale in Bern to celebrate the Foundation’s 15th anniversary and over a 1000 supported projects. Its purpose was actually twofold, as aiming to critically evaluate the rapidly changing needs in the artistic scene.

Festivities were held under special auspices, with specific scenery designed for this event. Starting at 2PM, roundtables gathered role-players from the 3 artistic domains supported by the Foundation (visual arts, music and the performing arts). The Ensemble Contrechamps (Geneva), internationally renowned for its artistic quality and its commitment to contemporary music, animated the event by enchanting the audience with works by Stefano Gervasoni, Michael Jarrell and Gerard Grisey. Served late-night under a large video installation, the cocktail of > 1001 flavors < was another opportunity to bring together the many guests coming from all parts of Switzerland.