Waiting for Jim
Alan Charlton, Claude Cortinovis, Davide La Rocca, Don McCullin, James Nachtwey, Aurélie Pétrel, Ma Sibo

April 28 - June 25, 2022

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Article: Art en Vieille Ville propose sa trentième édition, Bilan, by Etienne Dumont, 05.05.2022 (FR)

The group exhibition brings together seven artists of different generations and nationalities. Around twenty works, demonstrating the most varied techniques, interact with and confront one another in the spaces of the gallery.

Waiting for Jim explores the relationship between art and time, an explicit or implicit theme in the work of all the artists presented in the show. Photography is often present in their artistic practice, both as a medium in itself and as a technical tool that intervenes in a phase of creation and in the development of formal language.

This exhibition includes works on loan from private collections. 


James Nachtwey

Until August, 2022
Fotografiska, New York, USA

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Sébastien Mettraux

Derniers Paysages
Until August 28, 2022
Bridderhaus, Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxemburg
Exhibition and artistic residence

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Gino Sabatini Odoardi

Nel cilindro del dubbio
Until July 17, 2022
Forte Leopoldo I, Forte dei Marmi, Italy

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Song of the Chimeras by Yuval Avital
Yuval Avital

February 24 - April 23, 2022
Private views in the presence of the artist on February 24, 25 and 26, upon reservation (

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Song of the Chimeras by Yuval Avital will open at our gallery in Geneva at Grand-Rue 23. This is the artist's first solo presentation with Gowen. 

The exhibition consists of works from Avital’s most significant series. Spanning sculpture, sound, painting, drawing, photography and video, it immerses the viewer in a multi-sensory experience. By exploiting these different mediums, Avital investigates new veins of expression with an atmospheric intensity. His singing tubes and singing masks challenge the viewer with their spatial presence, their sound effectuating mysterious revelations. Paintings and drawings which assume a freedom in their instinctive, expressive lines and forms explore surreal compositions in bold colours.

Born in Jerusalem in 1977, multimedia artist, composer and guitarist Yuval Avital has displayed his works in a variety of spaces from public venues to industrial archaeological sites, theatres and museums including  Macro Museum, Rome; Ostrale Art Biennale, Dresden; La Fabbrica del Vapore, Milan; Museo Marino Marini, Florence; Manifesta 13 Biennial, Marseille; Loop Festival, Barcelona; La Fabbrica del Cioccolato, Blenio (Switzerland); Saint Antoine Church, Istanbul; GAM, Turin and Tel Aviv Museum. Avital lives and works in Milan.


Art Paris
Booth B4
Grand-Palais Éphémère, Champs-de-Mars, Paris
7 - 10 April, 2022

Opening: April 6: (by invitation only)
Thursday April 7: 12 - 8 pm
Friday April 8: 12 - 9 pm
Saturday April 9: 12 - 8 pm
Sunday April 10: 12 - 8 pm

For its third participation in Art Paris, Gowen is delighted to present a selection of paintings, photographs and sculptures by several artists including Joana Vasconcelos, Sébastien Mettraux, Claude Cortinovis, Tami Ichino, Ma Sibo and Annelies Štrba.



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

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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

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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 Exhibitions 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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Saturday 11:00 - 17:00
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