Biennophone at the art space Krone Couronne is a collective exhibition that engages with community and togetherness in the name of the city Biel/Bienne in Switzerland. For eight weeks, eight artists occupied the spaces of Krone Couronne one week after the other, leaving behind existing, in process or newly produced works. The accumulative project has culminated in its full form in the month of April 2021. On display are works by the artists Mirja Curtius, Marcel Freymond, Raphael Hefti, Jeanne Jacob, Florence Jung, Raphael Loosli, Nora Renaud, and Vera Trachsel.
Known for many years as the Alte Krone/Ancienne Couronne, Krone Couronne is a new space for contemporary art in Biel/Bienne, run by the artistic directors Kristina Grigorjeva and Camille Regli. Krone Couronne is located where Switzerland’s French and German regions meet and is dedicated to supporting the local art scene while nurturing critical dialogue between artists and cultural practitioners from all corners of the country – and beyond.
Biennophone is the combination of the words ‘Bienne’ and ‘phone’ as the etymological term for ‘voice’. Indeed, the eight invited artists are in one way or another tied to the city of Biel/Bienne, whether born and raised, de passage or new to the city. Biennophone is also the name of the historic Swiss radio manufacturing brand first produced in Biel/Bienne in 1925, at that time still in the form of a gramophone. Despite its disappearance from the Swiss market in 1988, the Biennophone has become heritage and here takes the form of a metaphor of the collective voice.
Biennophone / Group Exhibition at Krone Couronne, Biel/Bienne (Switzerland). Biel/Bienne, April 16, 2021.
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