Bernard Vienat is an art historian, researcher and curator specializing in social and environmental topics related to the Anthropocene. For him, art is a vector of curiosity, knowledge and offers new perspectives on the urgent issues of our time. In 2005, barely twenty years old, he founded an art gallery in Geneva. After five years working in the art market, he studied art history, philosophy and business at the University of Bern and the Freie Universität in Berlin, and received an M.A. from Goethe University in Frankfurt and the Städelschule in Curatorial Studies. Director of the Swiss association art-werk, he initiates and organizes public programs and exhibitions that combine storytelling, art, and science, such as Futurs incertains at the Cantonal Museum of Geology in Lausanne and Musée d’art de Pully (2019) and There Will Come Soft Rains at Basis, Frankfurt (2018).

Andreas Greiner & Tyler Friedman, The Molecular Ordering Of Computational Plants, 2018, Installation view basis 2018, Courtesy the artists and innogy Stiftung, Essen, and Galerie Dittrich & Schlechtriem, Berlin, Foto Nathalie Zimmermann

Curatorial Practice

In addition to my training as an art historian, I am convinced that art offers a complementary approach to scientific and media discourse on environmental issues. It is capable of awakening curiosity, questioning certain a priori behaviors in a long-term way, and prompting conjecture and action.

My curatorial practice aims to bring artworks to the forefront, to develop forms of presentation and mediation capable of subtly and durably questioning subjects such as climate change, the Anthropocene, scientific advances and the challenges they bring in terms of equality and ethical and political decision making.

To talk about the environmental issues and urgent social problems of our time by offering the public the possibility to question the discourse provided by the media, academia, scientific theories and the works presented, designing exhibitions and carrying out mediation programs, this curatorial practice

– offers concepts that enable the public to read the works in different ways.

– seeks to foster links between artists and scientists in the specific realization of works of art related to a specific place and/or context.

– develops transdisciplinary encounters in the form of audio, video interviews and publications that foster links between the natural, human and social sciences and contemporary art.