Art Commissions

In 2017, Arts at CERN began to support the development and production of new artworks, after the artists’ experience and time in the Laboratory, and with the support of the scientific partners and experiments. This new scheme was made possible thanks to extraordinary collaborations with companies and institutions.

In 2018, Audemars Piguet supported the production and development of HALO by Brighton based duo Semiconductor – Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt – through their Art Basel Art Commission, with Mónica Bello, Head of Arts at CERN, as Guest Curator. HALO was developed with the support of scientists working at the ATLAS experiment.

Thanks to the ongoing collaboration with FACT Liverpool, ten artists whose residency took place on the framework of Collide were supported in 2018 to create a new artwork. The Living_Archive is an experimental project inspired partly by ‘A machine for generating futures’ (Zielinski, 2013), the focus of which is not just the documentation of artworks and curatorial visions, but to capture the process and experience of art-science collaboration and - through the sharing of this - to generate new processes and experiences. The ScANNER consortium was then created with the support of leading art institutions in Europe: CCCB, Le Lieu Unique, FACT and CERN.

In 2018, Argentinian born NY based artist Mika Rottenberg was supported for her new piece Spaghetti Blockchain, 2019, after participating in our Guest Artists programme. Spaghetti Blockchain made its debut in Easy Pieces, her first New York solo museum presentation at the New Museum. This work was also shown at MCA Chicago and Daata Art Fair in 2020. Mika Rottenberg was supported by the Permanent Mission of the U.S. in Geneva.

Experimental film pioneer Leslie Thornton was also supported to create Ground, 2020, as guest artist in 2018 and 2019. Ground was presented at Kunstverein Nürnberg. Leslie Thornton was supported by the Permanent Mission of the U.S. in Geneva.

In 2019, the Bristol-based artist Mariele Neudecker was supported to create Everything Happens Once, 2020 in connection with her visits to the CLOUD experiment, the Antimatter Factory and other experiments and facilities as guest artist in 2017 and 2019. This commission, the first of a series of three, is made possible thanks to the support to Arts at CERN of the Didier and Martine Primat Foundation and its special fund Odonata as part of a multi-year partnership and grant scheme which aim is to foster creative interactions between arts, sciences and nature.

Everything Happens Once was premiered at Galerie Barbara Thumm in their virtual gallery during 2020. The artwork was shown for first time as part of Broken Symmetries at Kumu Art Museum.


Cover image: Alan Bogana, The Riddle of the Pudelsphinx, 2015. Courtesy the artist.