Denis Pernet is a curator, researcher and critic based between Lausanne and Geneva. In recent years, he has organized in Switzerland the first monographic exhibitions for artists such as Camille Aleña, Pauline Boudry/Renate Lorenz, Klat, Yuri Leiderman, Adrien Missika, Christodoulos Panayiotou, Arin Rungjang, Ming Wong as well as film programs for the Shift festival in Basel and for Eternal Tour in Jerusalem and Ramallah. He was curator at the Centre d’art contemporain in Geneva for 8 years, he also curated several group exhibitions for the Mudac (Museum of design and applied arts) in Lausanne, for the Rotwand and SAKS galleries, respectively in Zurich and Geneva, or for Les Urbaines festival in Lausanne. He imagined exhibitions for Circuit in Lausanne (Play Bach, 2011), the Villa du Parc in Annemasse (Aleksandra Domanovic, Oliver Laric, 2012), for the Electron festival in Geneva (Maison opera, 2012), for the Geneva Wagner Festival at Musée d’art et d’histoire in Geneva (The Artwork of the Future, 2014) and Beyond The Monument (2015), a research project funded by the SNF. He has also been contributing to various catalogues (among others Temporal Drag by Pauline Boudry/Renate Lorenz published by Hatje Cantz and Sylvie Fleury edited by CAC Malaga), and a number of magazines such as Edelweiss, Kunst-bulletin, Fantom, Annual Magazine, Novembre or Le Phare. Together with curator Elise Lammer, he is currently preparing Alpina Huus II for Arsenic in Lausanne and Le Commun – Bâtiment d’art contemporain in Geneva, after a venue at Schinkel Pavillon in Berlin in 2015. Since 2014, he is working at Hard Hat in Geneva where he has curated solo shows with Timothée Calame, Donatella Bernardi, Lauren Huret, Jan Vorisek.
2017 / 201710 / Symposium
What’s Wrong with Performance Art?
Camille Aleña, Madeleine Amsler, Donatella Bernardi, Linda Cassens Stoian, Delphine Chapuis Schmitz, Voin de Voin, Mo Diener, Heike Fiedler, Gilles Furtwängler, Lia García, San Keller, Elise Lammer, Milenko Lazic, Valerian Maly, Federica Martini, Angela Marzullo, Lou Masduraud, Muda Mathis, Irene Müller, Sibylle Omlin, Denis Pernet, Guillaume Pilet, Nathalie Rebholz, Chris Regn, Dorothea Rust, Andrea Saemann, Pascal Schwaighofer, Dorothea Schürch, Bernadett Settele, Dimitrina Sevova, Axelle Stiefel, Kamen Stoyanov, Katharina Swoboda