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Patrick Schaefer

Patrick Schaefer has been a freelance art critic and art historian since 1998 and has edited the website since 2001. He studied art history at the University of Lausanne and has been active as an art critic for the Gazette de Lausanne, as well as the Revue L’Oeil (1985 - 88). Schaefer was the assistant curator at the Fondation de l’Hermitage in Lausanne from 1988 - 1993 and the curator at the Museum of Fine Art in Lausanne from 1993 until 1998. His main focus is Swiss art from the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries.


The Swiss Art Scene and the Role of the Art Critic

To map the situation of the artistic production in Switzerland in relation to the art critic, you could limit the survey to publications in newspapers, dailies, weeklies, monthlies, and quarterlies. It is more relevant, though, to adopt a wider point of view, looking at all the institutions, associations, and galleries that support contemporary art.


In Conversation:
Philippe Fretz with Patrick Schaefer

As far as I am concerned, I prefer to describe an exhibition and highlight its distinctiveness. Unfortunately articles are very often written before the opening of the exhibition, so that they have to be general rather than content specific.


The Brooklyn Rail

SEPT 2023

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