Escape Line II - Drawings and Sculptures
Charles Avery, Pascal Berthoud, Yifat Bezalel, Claude Cortinovis, Robert Longo, Giuliano Macca, Hans Op de Beeck

November 12, 2021 - January 30, 2022 | Extended until February 12, 2022
Opening November 11, 4pm - 8pm

Press release in English
Press release in French

Article: Silence Graphique, Go Out!, n°96, by Ambre Oggier, 08.12.2021 (FR)

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Gowen gallery is delighted to continue its gallery program with a second exhibition in the new spaces at Grand-Rue 23. The collective show entitled Escape Line II - Drawings and Sculptures unites seven contemporary artists for whom drawing is at the centre of their artistic expression, although several pursue multidisciplinary practices. In addition to drawing, sculpture is, for some of them, a particularly coherent part of their visual language. The exhibition includes works from private collections.

In considering very different proposals originating from various research and thought, the show takes the creation of imaginary universes that often transport the spectator to parallel worlds as its meeting point.


Yayoi Kusama, Sébastien Mettraux

August 26 - October 23, 2021 - Extended November 07, 2021
06.11.21 – 07.11.21, WEEK-END GENEVE.ART, 11-18h - FINISSAGE

Press release in English
Press release in French

Article: Laura Gowen ouvre une seconde galerie d'art contemporain à Genève dans la Vieille Ville, Bilan [en ligne], by Etienne Dumont, 30.08.2021

Article: Abstraction organique & onirique, Go Out! [en ligne], by Ambre Oggier, 04.09.2021

Article: Yayoi Kusama / Sébastien Mettraux at Gowen Contemporary, ARTEEZ [en ligne], by Alexia Green, September, 2021

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On the occasion of the opening of its new space in Geneva on Wednesday August 25, Gowen will present a special installation. On view across the rooms of the new gallery’s space at Grand-Rue 23, the exhibition will feature significant works by the celebrated Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama from private collections, alongside new works by Swiss artist Sébastien Mettraux.

Strange and astonishing plant, organic or mechanic forms reveal themselves as sources of inspiration, reflection, self-analysis and artistic progression.

"Unpredictability defines Mettraux’s new series In Silico. The artist moves away from a 15-year long figurative practice to explore new forms of expression. In observing the essence of nature, he captures a keener sense of truth."
Christel Seurat, Founder of Arteez Magazine.

Sébastien Mettraux, Untitled (in silico n°11), 2021, oil on canvas, 120 x 100 cm
Yayoi Kusama, Death of an Illusion (detail), 2001, mixed media (stuffed cotton fabric, wire), 750 x 200 x 130 cm

Current Exhibition outside the gallery walls

Joana Vasconcelos

Until July, 2022
European Union premises in Geneva

Installation view: European Union premises in Geneva
Work: Joana Vasconcelos, Pantelmina #3, 2004, handmade woollen knitting, industrial knitted fabric, ratchet strap clamps, polyester, 175 x 600 x 70 cm

A selection of Joana Vasconcelos’ significant artworks from the past 20 years has been installed at the European Union premises in Geneva for a private exhibition hosted by the Permanent Mission of the European Union to the WTO and the Delegation of the European Union to the UN Office and other international organisations in Geneva.

The exhibition has been jointly organized with Gowen Contemporary.

Public events in relation with the show will be communicated later this year.

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