Denis Pernet

Curator, Audemars Piguet

Denis Pernet is a Swiss curator, critic and researcher.

Pernet has been an Art Curator at Audemars Piguet since November 2018. Together with Audrey Teichmann, he is responsible for Audemars Piguet Contemporary, the ambitious art programme of the Manufacture, which commissions international artists to create contemporary artworks and fosters a global community of creators. As such, Pernet defines and manages the manufacturer’s art commissions by established and emerging artists presented at prestigious venues such as Art Basel in Hong Kong, Basel and Miami Beach.

Pernet has acted as a curator for more than 50 exhibitions and collaborated with around 200 Swiss and international artists. His long-standing curatorial roles include seven years as a curator at the Contemporary Art Centre of Geneva (2003–2010) and the directorship of Hard Hat in Geneva (2014–2018).

Pernet’s curatorial practice relies on extensive knowledge of emerging art scenes, resulting from many years organising monographic and thematic exhibitions, alongside research and criticism. Working across disciplines, Pernet’s approach engages with avant-garde art – through contacts with live arts such as music and performance – as well as the politics of memory and architecture, which led him to work as a researcher mandated by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) between 2013 and 2014. He has delivered lectures in art schools and institutions such as the HEAD in Geneva and the Royal Academy of Arts in Stockholm.

As a curator, Pernet initiated seminal institutional monographies of artists such as Pauline Boudry/Renate Lorenz, Ming Wong, Yuri Leiderman, or Klat and Adrien Missika. He has also organised the first Swiss showings of artists such as Aleksandra Domanovoic, Olivier Laric, Christodoulos Panayiotou or Arin Rungiang. He has been commissioned to exhibit work by emerging artists in venues such as the Musée d’Art et d’Histoire of Geneva, the Museum of Design and Applied Arts of Lausanne, the Centre d’Art in Neuchâtel and the Schinkel Pavillon in Berlin.

Over the last twenty years, Pernet has also organised around 40 concerts, symposia and performances in Switzerland. These range from avant-garde music (Laurent Bruttin), cinema (Gregory Markopoulous) and opera (Robert Ashley).

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