This publication extensively documents the exhibitions and activities of M/2, a local but emblematic example of an artist-run space
founded at the end of the 1980s in Vevey, Switzerland.
Founded by Jean Crotti, Alain Huck
, Robert Ireland, and Jean-Luc Manz
, with Christian Messerli and Catherine Monney, M/2 was located in an 80m2 apartment in Vevey, on Lake Geneva' s Riviera. Its purpose, its “utopia,” as its members called it at the beginning, was to offer young practitioners an artistic laboratory and a place of exchange between French and German-speaking Switzerland
. They also wished to arouse the interest of the local audience in contemporary art, in particular by exhibiting art differently, in a private space, as part of the everyday life.
As Julie Enckell Julliard states in her essay, “The goal pursued by the collective that opened an artist-run space in an apartment, was to live a new and shared experience of art in order to test all of its aspects. M/2 asserted first a modus operandi governed by spontaneity, and the necessity of experiencing the phases of a project's construction together: from the encounter with the artist and their work, to the mounting of the exhibition, to the dialogue with the public at the moment of the opening.” M/2 organized more than 35 projects, exhibiting artists such as Ian Anüll, John Armleder
, Silvia Bächli
, Francis Baudevin
, Fabrice Gygi
, Eric Hattan
, Stephane Huitmere, Olivier Mosset
, Ugo Rondinone
, George Steinmann, and Bernard Voïta.
Edited and introduced by Julie Enckell Julliard, Director of Musée Jenisch Vevey, this publication extensively documents the exhibitions and activities of M/2, a local but emblematic example of an artistic and curatorial collective practice