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Mobile for the Moment, Swiss Institute Will Stage Shows at Temporary Space in TriBeCa

The flag of Switzerland.

The flag of Switzerland.

On Sunday, New York’s Swiss Institute officially ended its nearly five-year stint at 18 Wooster Street in SoHo, making way for the return of local dealer and landlord Jeffrey Deitch, who will reopen his gallery there in September. The Swiss Institute has yet to reveal its new permanent home, but today it announced that next week it will begin staging shows at a temporary space at 102 Franklin in TriBeCa. The location, which measures a cool 5,000 square feet, will go by the name Swiss In Situ. (Incidentally, the restaurant at the newly expanded SFMOMA is called In Situ—could “in situ” be the next art word borrowed by the wider culture, the next “curate?” Only time will tell.)

In any sense, here are some details from the Swiss:

During this period of transition to a new long-term location in 2017 (soon to be announced), exhibitions and public programs will be focused on temporary structures—including publishing formats, social experiments, and architectural forms—set against the fast-mutating landscape of downtown Manhattan. Expanding upon the structure of Swiss Institute’s ONE FOR ALL series, which offered emerging artists a first institutional exhibition in the U.S., Swiss In situ will present new systems of research and production to New York audiences.

The Swiss publishers Nieves and Innen will be first up in the new space with a “presentation of the hundreds of pocket-sized, image-based publications they have commissioned over the past 15 years.” There will also be workshops and various other events. Sounds like a nice time.

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