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The gallery will be closed from August 1 to August 26, 2024 inclusive.
By appointment only from August 5 to August 10, 2024.

Looking forward to welcoming you again soon! .

Current Exhibition

Pascal Berthoud, Eline Botta, Carine Bovey, Raphaële de Broissia, Amélie Ducommun, Tami Ichino, Aurélie Pétrel, Sofia Yeganeh

20.06 - 14.09.24
Opening reception: June 27, from 5pm to 8pm

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Just Ended Exhibition

Ecarts. Vues & Données
Aurélie Pétrel
28.03 - 01.06.24 - extended to June 15, 2024
Opening reception: March 28, from 5pm to 8pm

Aurélie Pétrel guided tour and artist talk*
with Laura Gowen
Wednesday 15th May from 6pm to 7pm 

Free entry, *registration directly with the gallery before Friday 10th May 
(dependent on no. participants)
Please note that the talk will be conducted in French

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Aurélie Pétrel, Vue #3, 2024, direct print on glass, 90 x 140.5 cm

Just Ended Art Fair

Art Paris 2024
04.04 - 07.04.2024
Stand G2
Catherine Gfeller, Sylvie Lambert, Muriel Rodolosse and Joana Vasconcelos

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Past Exhibitions

Marta Zgierska
Tomorrow crumbles in hands
15.02.24 - 23.03.24
Opening February 15, 5 pm - 8 pm in the presence of the artist

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Installation view:Tomorrow crumbles in hands, Marta Zgierska, GOWEN, Geneva. ©Julien Gremaud.

Installation view:Tomorrow crumbles in hands, Marta Zgierska, GOWEN, Geneva. ©Julien Gremaud.

Past art fair

Joana Vasconcelos, artgenève/Sur-mesure with the generous support of Harsch and Indosuez Wealth Management
Solo show by Giuliano Macca, Stand D.45
25.01.2024 - 28.01.2024

VIP opening: January 24th, at 2 pm in the presence of the artists

artgenève Art Talk: January 25th, from 12:30 pm until 1:30 pm Stand A6 Joana Vasconcelos in conversation with Claire Koron Elat (free admission)

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Articles (selection) :

Article: Artgenève s’ouvre à l’ombre d’une walkyrie géante, by Eléonore Sulser, Le Temps, 24 January 2024. (FR)
Article: Portuguese Artist Joana Vasconcelos Exhibits At ArtGeneve This Weekend (ANG), by Y-Jean Mun-Delsalle, Forbes, 26 January 2024
Article: Démarrage en douceur pour artgenève, by Alexandre Crochet, The Art Newspaper, 25 January 2024 (FR)
Article: Artgenève : scandales et excellentes surprises de la petite foire helvétique, by Judith Benhamou, Les Echos, 24 January 2024 (FR)
Article: Pour sa 12e édition, artgenève voit la sculpture en XXL, by Irène Languin, Tribune de Genève, 27 January 2024 (FR)
Article: Après-Ski in Genf, by Annika von Taube, Monopol, January 2024 (DE)
Article: L'art de la démesure, by Stéphanie Pioda, Le Quotidien de l'Art, January 2024(FR)

Joana Vasconcelos, artgenève/Sur-mesure
Valkyrie Mumbet, 2020
Courtesy of the Artist and GOWEN, Geneva. With the generous support of Harsch and Indosuez Wealth Management. Photo: Massart Art Museum (MAAM) Boston © Julien Gremaud.

Giuliano Macca, Stand D45. © Julien Gremaud.

Giuliano Macca in his studio working on La Caduta dei Titani, 2023. Courtesy of the Artist and GOWEN, Geneva. ©Giuliano Macca

Past Exhibition

Waseem Ahmed
Delusional Perceptions

November 30, 2023 - February 3, 2024
Opening reception: November 30 from 17h30 until 20h00
In the presence of the artist

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Article: During 2023, there were art fairs, a few residencies, many group shows and several one-person exhibitions held abroad by Quddus Mirza, December 31, 2023

Article: Zafer nedir? by Ocak Cumartesi, January 6, 2024 (Turkish)

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Waseem Ahmed, Untitled, 2023, dry pigment colour, gold leaf, tea stain on Archival handmade Wasli paper, 148 x 101 cm

November 16 - 25, 2023
Opening reception: November 16 from 17h30 - 20h00

GOWEN talk*: Thursday 23 from 12h30 - 14h00 with Luciano Dell'Orefice & Xavier Aymon and Sébastien Mettraux.
*Registration directly with the gallery (dependent on no. participants)

Xavier Aymon, John Currin, Luciano Dell’Orefice, Fabio Hendry, Ayana V. Jackson, Donald Judd, Sylvie Lambert, Sébastien Mettraux, Martin Parr, Antonio Riello, Juri Roemmel, Gino Sabatini Odoardi, Annelies Štrba, Joana Vasconcelos, Marta Zgierska

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- Annelies Štrba, Nyima 132, 2004, pigment print on canvas, 185 x 125 cm, Ed. of 6. © Annelies Štrba and GOWEN.
- Donald Judd, Chair 2, 1984, numbered edition of 2023, aluminium powder coated, screw stainless steel, 75 x 50 x 50 cm, Swiss made by Lehni. ©Lehni

M'hammed Kilito
September 13 - November 11, 2023
Opening: September 13, from 4pm

Guided tour : September 13 at 3pm - free entry

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Past Exhibition

Claude Cortinovis, Antonio Riello, Gino Sabatini Odoardi
June 28 - September 2, 2023

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Article: Gino Sabatini Odoardi. Pieghe imperiture, Segno, by Miriam Di Francesco, Adriana Polveroni and Claudio Libero Pisano, May-June 2023 (IT)

Article: Gino Sabatini Odoardi espone alla Gowen di Ginevra, Il Centro, by Jolanda Ferrara, 24.07.2023 (IT)

Past Exhibition

Moufouli Bello, Carine Bovey, Tess Dumon, Agostino Iacurci, Tami Ichino, Sylvie Lambert, Sébastien Mettraux, Françoise Pétrovitch, Annelies Štrba, Sofia Yeganeh
May 04 - June 24, 2023
Opening May 4 (4pm-9pm)- 32E ÉDITION VERNISSAGES COMMUNS Art en Vieille-Ville

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Exhibition co-curated by Laura Gowen and Rachel Cole

Sara Anstis, Aglaé Bassens, Carine Bovey, Milano Chow, Ryan Driscoll, Genieve Figgis, Gonzalo Fuenmayor, Louise Giovanelli, Brice Guilbert, Asif Hoque, Ewa Juszkiewicz, Sanam Khatibi, Giuliano Macca, Quentin James McCaffrey, Sébastien Mettraux, Emily Marie Miller Coan, Jesse Mockrin, Nicolas Party, Robert Russell, Gretchen Scherer, Jake Wood-Evans, Sofia Yeganeh, Flora Yukhnovich

19 January - 29 April, 2023

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Article: Laura Gowen se penche sur le baroque revisité, Bilan, by Etienne Dumont, 20.01.23 (FR)

Article: Quand la création contemporaine puise dans l’âge baroque, Tribune de Genève, by Irène Languin, 28.02.2023 (FR)

Jesse Mockrin, "Weep into my eyes", 2019, oil on cotton, 132.1 x 91.4 cm (each), 132.1 x 182.9 cm.
The artwork is a loan from Mr Rahul M. Sabhnani. Courtesy of Rachel Cole Art Advisory and Gowen, Geneva
© the Artist, courtesy Night Gallery, Los Angeles and James Cohan, New York


Melting Pot. Selected ceramic and textile works by Joana Vasconcelos and Ai Weiwei
Joana Vasconcelos and Ai Weiwei
September 7 - November 6, 2022 - Extended December 23, 2022 Open Doors
Saturday 5 - Sunday 6, November
11 am - 6 pm

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Article: Joana Vasconcelos se retrouve chez Laura Gowen, Bilan, by Etienne Dumont, 14.10.2022 (FR)

We are thrilled to present Melting Pot, an exhibition of selected works by Joana Vasconcelos including ceramic and textile pieces from her acclaimed Bordalos and Boxes series, alongside two ceramic works by Ai Weiwei.

Ai Weiwei photographed with Pillars (in progress) in 2006. Courtesy of Ai Weiwei Studio

By revisiting the readymade and the parameters of New Realism and Pop Art, both artists ironically question contemporary society, its socio-cultural norms and collective identities. Their nonconformist visual language, often referring to the history of art and playing with the codes of luxury and design, or with the potential of elements drawn from the domestic universe, allows artisanship and industry, tradition and modernity, popular culture and erudition to coexist.

Joana Vasconcelos photographed by Arlindo Camacho. © Arlindo Camacho | Courtesy Atelier Joana Vasconcelos

The present exhibition is part of the International Academy of Ceramics (IAC) 2022 Congress. Marking the organisation’s 70th anniversary as well as its 50th congress jubilee, this year’s event takes the expression ‘Melting Pot’ as its theme, referring to a space within which very varied origin mix, where different ideas meet. Hosted by swissceramics, the Geneva-based Swiss association of professional ceramists, the congress runs from the 12th to 16th September 2022.

James Nachtwey
June 29 - September 3, 2022
Opening reception June 29 from 5pm. to 8 pm.

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Article: Laura Gowen accueille le photographe James Nachtwey, Bilan, by Etienne Dumont, 01.07.2022 (FR)
Article: Les photographies de James Nachtwey exposées à Genève, Le Temps, by Fanny Scuderi, 08.07.2022 (FR)

From the movie War Photographer directed by Christian Frei in 2001 about the life and work of James Nachtwey © James Nachtwey

Since 1981, James Nachtwey has dedicated his career to documenting wars, conflicts and critical social issues across the globe, including most recently the invasion of Ukraine. This inaugural solo exhibition brings to the fore a selection of his historical photographs. These iconic images from the 1980s onward serve both as a collective memory and as a meditative journey into the human soul.

James Nachtwey, South Africa, Soweto, 1992, archival pigment print, 100% cotton fiber paper. Courtesy of James Nachtwey and Gowen © James Nachtwey

Deeply engaged with the profession of journalism and humanitarian causes, Nachtwey has gained critical acclaim for his contribution to art and is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards. He has received the Princess of Asturias Award and has been awarded the Robert Capa Gold Medal five times. His photographs are included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Bibliothèque nationale de France, the Pompidou Center and the Getty Museum. Nachtwey has had solo exhibitions worldwide, including the International Center of Photography in New York, Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris, Palazzo Reale in Milan, El Círculo de Bellas Artes in Madrid, Foam Fotografiemuseum in Amsterdam, Fotografiska in Stockholm, New York (currently on view) and Tallinn.

A portfolio of James Nachtwey’s photographs from Ukraine has been recently published by The New Yorker, May 9, 2022, pages 26 - 47.

In light of the evolving humanitarian crisis in Ukraine, Mr. Nachtwey will donate 50% of his share of the proceeds from the exhibition to the Ukrainian Red Cross and to MSF.

James Nachtwey, Chechnya, Grozny, 1996, archival pigment print, 100% cotton fiber paper. Courtesy of James Nachtwey and Gowen © James Nachtwey

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. 


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.

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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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

Past 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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