8th Biennal of Contemporary Art at National Museum of China, Beijing 2019


‘’Fields of Geological Transition’’ presented at the National Museum of China in Beijing during the 8th Beijing International Art Biennale, China 2019.

This exhibition allowed him to meet the Chinese public again and to represent Switzerland abroad through his art. Bernard was fortunate to have his work exhibited in the Central Hall of the most prestigious National Art Museum of China. He was interview for severals locals programs. The event had more than 500,000 visitors. He does an important press conference for ecology at the symposium. Here a part of his speech :


 »I come from a very little country full of beautiful mountains, glaciers and lakes, like in the paradise.

Today we count 1400  glaciers but in less than hundred years, they might all disappear if nothing change with the climate evolution linked with human pollution.  What will happen, when we’ll have wasted our last drink water resources?

My lecture of the world is linked with the close environment in which I live.

I usually like to observe the elements, moving with the weather and the seasons.

I admire the beautiful color changes in different lights and moments of the day, on the lake and on the mountains, but always with the conscious of the great danger for who would go to brave them.

Today, I worry  for the future generations.

I have to confess, that I am shocked to see the quick evolution of the impact of the climate deregulation on my natural direct environment, increasing  the accidents in the mountains, because of unpredictable storms, avalanches, rocks falls, directly related with surprising erosion and unnatural heat, making melting the permafrost, creating torrents of mud pests.

The world will run to his ruin, If we do not all react together now, without differences between cultures and races.

The preservation of the beauty of our mother earth and its resources, is our main universal gift, and should be our principal actual preoccupation.

Contemporary Art is for that reason very important, because it can carry this hope, stimulate to think differently and  invite to move and make evolving some consciences. For that reason, I  try to make you feel in my  large scale paintings, my installations, videos and photographies,  our vulnerability in confrontation to the forces of the nature and it’s elements.

I  have analyzed the erosion all around the world but mainly in the Alps, the Ural and in China. I always search to observe the invisible movements and transformation of the colorful beauty of some treasures of the nature, with the time and also confronted to the human impact on it.

Also if my art is not only an image, it’s more a rhythm, a dynamic a structure, an energy, part of our unconscious natural human cultural heritage.

I do not care if I do photography, painting, an installation or a performance.

It should be an emotion out of any definition trial, a surprise, an innovation or a resistant act face to indifference.

It’s like a mirror of our society that concern firstly our memory, humanity environment, nature and changes.

I use only natural mineral sediments, asphalt or volcanic sand in my paintings, that I go taking by myself on cliffs or volcano craters, so that my art pieces take part in the history of the evolution of our earth.

It’s important for me, to open my field of perception by keeping always the unconsciousness perpetual movement and evolution in my mind, that concern as well how it was before and how it will be after a few millions of years.

To see  like this, through the elements, brings your art in an actuality and oblige you to stay sincere and create not only and aesthetic or decorative object, but a real strong piece of art with a deep philosophical meaning, and a touch of intense beauty with a lot of hope in its roots.

Art is an absolute that stimulate new solutions, more thoughts open to poetry and correspondences.

To be artists is to believe that you can participate in the changes of our world.

My art is born from this pure necessity, and I invite you to follow, by discovering my paintings and transversal conception of art, a poetic journey and reflexion, about the preservation of our beautiful nature and colorful world, and to dream at a better shared future trough the memory of our humanity to cultivate and trough concrete actions. »

Bernard Garo




5th Ural Industrial Biennal of Contemporary Art

Depts & Surfaces exhibition from 12th September to 10th November 2019 on the 5th Ural Industrial Biennal of Contemporary Art in Ekaterinburg, Russia.

This year, the biennal explores concepts of Immortality.

My project is based on an understandin g of two environments : Nature & Architecture through the processes of erosion and ruination.

The exhibition space are not always traditional sites but the main objects of the industrial culture of the city and the region : factories, production sites and monuments of constructivism. 

In addition to the main exhibition project, the Biennale offers visitors a rich educational program, attracting local museums and other institutions.

I present, an installation comprising an industrialized circle (picture) floating in space and developing the sensation of weightlessness through shadows and lights. Paper steles are on the sides of the work, which like evanescent imprints recall the surrounding nature.

Four main pieces of 196×196 cm will be presented during the event, among smaller works of 100x100cm. The official opening and press day will be on Wednesday September 11 at Sinara Center Art Gallery.

All the best, Bernard Garo



L’exposition ‘’Depts & Surfaces’’ du 12 septembre au 10 novembre 2019 se déroulera durant la 5ème Ural Industrial Biennale d’Art Contemporain à Ekaterinburg en Russie.

Cette année, la biennale explore les concepts de l’immortalité. 

Mon projet est basé sur la compréhension de deux élèments : La nature et l’architecture à travers le processus d’érosion et de ruine. 

Les sites d’expositions ne sont pas toujours classiques mais se trouvent dans des bâtiments industriels appartenant à la culture de la ville et de la région : Usines, sites de productions ou architecture constructiviste.

En supplément de l’exposition principale, la Biennale offre aux visiteurs, un riche programme éducatif, des musées locaux et autres institutions attractives.

Je présente, notamment, une installation spatiale comprenant un cercle industrialisé (photo) flottant dans l’espace et développant la sensation d’une apesanteur grâce aux ombres et à la lumières. Des stèles en papier se trouvent sur les côtés de l’oeuvre, qui comme des empreintes évanescentes rappellent la nature environnante de laquelle l’homme puise ses ressources mais qui à chaque fois reprend le dessus sur l’homme et son industrie à moins que nous brisions ce cycle.

Quatre pièces principales de 196×196 cm seront présentées durant l’événement, parmi de plus petites oeuvres de 100x100cm. La journée presse et le vernissage se tiendront le mercredi 11 septembre 2019 au Sinara Center Art Gallery.

Amicalement, Bernard Garo

NordArt 2019

After a fantastic and intense week of exhibition at the 2019’s NordArt art fair, I am back in the calmness of my studio, where I’d like to take a moment to share the experience with you.

For the 2nd consecutive year I’ve been invited to exhibit my work at the prestigious NordArt annual art fair. Taking place in Hamburg, Germany, this event gathers contemporary artists from all continents in a 22’000 m2 space where our art is given the space to resonate. Alongside 200 others artists, I was privileged to present my paintings in such an incredible setting and to represent my country as the only invited Swiss painter.


Above are my two monumental paintings and several pieces from other artists you could discover while wandering at NordArt. The place is vast, the light natural and the pieces from the different artists flow together. It’s a delight to walk around the exhibition and feel the mix of cultures and influences emerging of this place. What an incredible work of scenography from the curators.

Look at the crowd ! More than 5000 visitors were recorded. This is maybe what touched me the most. Art should not be restricted to a certain audience of experts, but to everybody ! Events like NordArt are exceptional because they too believe it and are working to showcase art as it should be. Once again, I’m thankful for being part of this year’s edition and I wish NordArd a bright future !


Best, Bernard Garo

A project I support: MonArt


Monart is an international Art selling platform of a new kind.
I am delighted to be part of the inner circle of this concept.

Designed as a complete ecosystem, engaged in artistic promotion and aiming at opening up the art market to all, Monart is betting on new technologies and the recent advances in cryptocurrencies by creating the first Blockchain based market place for artistic assets.

Monart won an ICO award at the Blockchain Day 2018 at the Paris Stock Exchange and has been quoted as a reference by the Forbes Magazine. It has gathered a team of experts in the fields of finance and art, which I’m a part of, to be recognized as a lead player and rejuvenate the art market in the digital era.

Thanks to my exhibitions in China and Switzerland, and thanks to my art books as well, I was among the first chosen artists of this project. I’ll be proudly representing Switzerland but also this innovating project as a whole as a promoter.

As an artist and thanks to my experience, I became a thrusted advisor, then a friend of the two co-founders: Pauline Houl (Beijin) and Malo Girod de L’ain (Paris).

Being nominated as a member of the Advisory Board and the selection committee, I’ll actively take part to the reflection and the strategic development of this platform.

Moreover, the Monart’s Swiss office is located in a space opened directly on my studio.

I invite you to visit MONART.ART to get familiar with this ambitious project and take part in the art market renewal.

Best, Bernard Garo

Monart est une plateforme de diffusion et de vente mondiale d’Art, d’un nouveau genre.
J’ai le plaisir de faire partie du premier cercle d’initiés de ce concept.

Conçue avant tout comme un écosystème complet, engagé dans la promotion artistique, visant à ouvrir le marché de l’art à tous, Monart mise sur les nouvelles technologies et le potentiel énorme offert par le développement récent des cryptomonnaies, en créant la première place de marché d’actifs artistiques, basée sur la technologie Blockchain.

Ayant remporté un ICO awards au Blockchain Day 2018 à la Bourse de Paris, cité en références dans la magazine Forbes, Monart s’est entouré d’experts des milieux financiers ainsi que du milieu artistique, dont je fais partie, pour réussir à s’imposer et venir renouveler le paysage du marché de l’art à l’heure du digital.

Suite à mes expositions muséales en Chine et en Suisse, ainsi qu’à mes livres d’art, j’ai été l’un des premiers artistes choisis, pour représenter la Suisse, mais aussi comme promoteur de cet innovant et beau projet.

En tant qu’artiste, ayant l’expérience du terrain, je suis devenu conseillé apprécié, puis ami des deux co-fondateurs; Pauline Houl (Pékin) et Malo Girod de L’ain (Paris).

Nommé membre de l’Advisory Board et de la commission de sélection, je participe aujourd’hui, avec conviction, à la réflexion et au développement stratégique de cette plateforme.

Par ailleurs le bureau Suisse de Monart est situé dans un espace adjacent, ouvert sur mon atelier.

Je vous invite à visiter MONART.ART pour en savoir plus sur cet ambitieux projet et prendre part au renouveau du marché de l’art !

Amicalement, Bernard Garo

Redefining the city with context, beyond the wall – Xi’an Art Museum (China)

This autumn I have the pleasure and opportunity to be exposed at the contemporary art exhibition « Redefining the city with context, beyond the wall » in the Xi’an Art Museum in China.

For this exhibition, I was invited to create and present a series of photographs on that specific theme. I extended a series started two years ago with new photographs made during my stay in China this summer.

This huge contemporary art exhibition is considered as the biggest made in Xi’an so far. The exhibition, made on multiple sites, including the Museum, invited 70 artists representative of the contemporary art from all over China, as well as foreign artists with big names in the domain of sculpture, installation and contemporary painting from Japan, Korea, Italy and among them, me.

The exhibition at the Xi’an Art Museum is large-scale. Critics and museum directors come from all over the world for this occasion. The exhibition organized in Xi’an is very important from the point of view of the representation with more than 70 artists invited and more than 5’000’000 followers.

It has been an unforgettable experience with beautiful encounters and exchanges that have enriched my perception of China and its contemporary creation.

Xi’an is the capital of Shaanxi Province with a population of 12 million inhabitants is one of the oldest cities in China. It is the starting point of the Silk Road and home of the Terracotta Army of Emperor Qin Shi Huang.

The exhibition is open until November 30th. Don’t miss it if your are in the region. It’s really impressive!


Visiting Xu Bin exhibition

On Saturday I went visiting the very interesting exhibition of Xu Bin, one of the greatest artists of China. This exhibition is 50 meters far away from my little studio situated just behind Faurchou fondation in the 798 neighbourhood. Simultaneously, I have a major exhibition in Germany (Hamburg) and my neighbor in the great space of the abordant exhibition is Xu Bin. What a nice coincidence.

Bernard Garo

Bernard Garo is selected for international art exhibition NordArt 2018

Following the 7th Beijing International Art Biennale, Garo will again represent Switzerland at the major european contemporary art exhibition NordArt 2018 (Hamburg, DE), which will take place from 09.06.2018 to 07.10. 2018

NordArt is one of the largest annual contemporary art shows in Europe, featuring selected artworks by more than 200 artists from 105 countries around the world. Living from the different perspectives of individual cultures, the exhibition also makes it clear that East and West, South and North share many common hopes and dreams.

NordArt 2018 – official flyer

Since 1999, painting, sculpture, photography and installation works are exhibited at the former steel foundry Carlshütte, in Büdeldorf near Hamburg. Two Swiss artists were chosen this year, for the 20th anniversary celebration of this major exhibition: the Swiss German Sculptor Urs-Peter Twellmann and the Swiss French painter Bernard Garo.

Caldeira, Bernard Garo’s largest painting, measuing 261 cm x 636 cm, will be presented at NordArt this summer. This represent an exceptional opportunity for Garo’s artwork to be showcased on the international scene of contemporary art. 

Discover below the presentation of Caldeira painting at NordArt 2018 vernissage, accompanied by Peter Hinrichs.

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Bernard Garo in front of Cladeira at NordArt 2018

Trois rencontres simultanées en Suisse autour de la peinture, de la photographie et des arts vivants

Dans mon dernier post, je vous présentais “La Disloquée”, une performance artistique et interdisciplinaire dans laquelle le Collectif de la Dernière Tangente continue sa réflexion, démesurée et poétique, sur la place de l’humanité au milieu des grands tumultes.

Ce spectacle s’inscrit dans une série de trois rencontres autour de la peinture, de la photographie et des arts vivants en Suisse, dans la ville de Nyon: d’une part, vous est proposée l’exposition de peinture Eléments, explorant la nature et sa vulnérabilité sur les matières telles que le papier ou le bois, et de l’autre vous pouvez découvrir l’exposition photographique Jardins Secrets où je révèle mon approche picturale de la nature et du corps. Ces deux expositions simultanées et totalement liées s’ajoutent et répondent à l’évènement de la Disloquée.

Ces 3 événement à Nyon réunissent toutes mes compétences et mes expérimentations récentes pour mettre en valeur et confronter le corps et le paysage par la peinture, la photo et d’autres supports,. Ouvrir une réflexion plus profonde au-delà de l’image, sur notre propre mémoire, notre identité, notre vulnérabilité, nos codes de fonctionnement sociaux et mesurer notre rapport à l’environnement. La beauté, l’émotion en sont les premiers moteurs. La pluralité permet de toucher différents angles d’une même démarche pour l’élever, par l’art, à une intensité plastique et une dimension sensible inégalée, la rendant à la fois plus accessible et plus perceptible, plus universelle au travers d’un langage commun et iconique. Celui-ci n’a plus besoin d’explications autres que notre propre interprétation, qui va bien au-delà de l’image et du visible. Une chance de pouvoir vous faire vivre cela en trois événements simultanés.

Bernard Garo


La Disloquée : du 26 au 28 avril 2018 à l’Usine à Gaz de Nyon, rue César Soulié 1, Nyon

Exposition Jardins Secrets, du 2 mars au 19 mai 2018, L’atelierphoto, Grand-Rue 13, Nyon

Exposition Eléments, du 8 mars au 5 mai 2018, Espace Murandaz, Chemin du Midi 8, Nyon

Vernissage au Plexus Palace Art Gallery

Un discours de présentation avec un catalogue offert aux spectateurs, voici l’accueil réservé aux invités dans l’aile Est du Montreux Palace à la Plexus Palace Art Gallery. Les invités ont pu admirer tout au long de la soirée des dessins délicats et une grande toile emblématique du Cervin exposée au centre de la salle. Pour un vendredi soir pluvieux et froid de novembre, il y régnait une agréable chaleur humaine et conviviale dans ce lieu où les spectateurs, touchés par l’accrochage subtil et tendu des œuvres, ont découvert pour la première fois un autre aspect du travail de Bernard Garo; le dessin et la vulnérabilité. Un travail sur papier vélin en petit format qui révèle la fragilité et la poésie du dessin au bambou, à l’encre de chine et brou de noix. L’artiste effleure de manière douce et différente, “l’intranquillité” des thèmes qu’il développe aussi dans son travail de grands formats. Il y paraîtrait même que cela fait 28 ans qu’on lui demande de présenter cette inspiration née des énergies de la terre qui ouvre finalement la voie aux grandes toiles.



Interview à la Biennale de Pékin

En tant que Suisse, venant du coeur de l’Occident, je voulais ressentir et découvrir le monde Oriental. Première constatation qui nous lie tous solidairement sur cette terre, est la grande activité sismique existante également en Asie.
Il y a également beaucoup d’activités sismiques et de tremblements de terre en Orient – notre monde est très fragile et les êtres humains vulnérable face aux éléments naturels, mais aussi face à eux-mêmes et à la barbarie toujours présente où que nous soyons. Ce qui sauve notre humanité est la mémoire forgée par la culture, la science, l’architecture et l’art – qui construisent notre futur, seul acte de résistance face à la mort.
Visiter la Chine et découvrir cette magnifique et riche culture ancestrale, est un rêve devenu réalité pour moi artiste qui m’intéresse aux autres et qui tente de créer des ponts entre cultures parfois contraires ou complémentaires. La culture Chinoise m’inspire et me stimule pour créer en tant qu’artiste de futures œuvres qui seraient le syncrétisme entre une philosophie asiatique avec un regard occidental, comme aussi je suis fier de révéler ma philosophie et mon art en Chine. C’est un honneur d’être invité à la Biennale de Pékin et j’espère que j’aurai l’opportunité d’y revenir avec de beaux projets qui passionneront aussi le public ici, comme ils ont intéressé celui dans mon pays. Des contacts ont été pris, je reviendrai rapidement travailler en Chine.

As a Swiss, coming from the center of the Occident, I wanted to feel and discover the Oriental world. First observation which links us severally on this earth is the seismic activity that also exists in Asia.
There are a lot of seismic activities and earthquakes in the Orient as well – our world is really fragile and human beings vulnerable against natural disasters but also against themselves and the barbarism which still exists wherever we are. What saves humanity is the memory forged from culture, science, architecture, and art – which build our future, this is the only act of resistance against death.
Visiting China and discovering this beautiful and rich ancestral culture is a dream come true for an artist like me who is interested in others and who attempts to build bridges between different or complementary cultures. Chinese culture inspires and stimulates me as an artist in order to create future works of art which will be the syncretism between an Asian philosophy with an Occidental look, like I am proud to reveal my philosophy and my art in China. It is an honor to be invited to the Biennale in Beijing and I wish I will have the opportunity to come back with beautiful projects which will fascinate the Chinese audience as they fascinated Swiss people. Plans and contacts have been made, I will be back soon to work in China.


Bernard Garo