On a small island in the middle of the Rhône river lies a conglomerate of buildings that houses quite a few spots to see in Geneva. Among them is the contemporary art gallery Halle Nord, run by Act-Art, the Geneva federation of associations of visual artists.
Not too easy to tell from the outside, but Geneva has a vibrant civil society, and associations like these are the reason why we have any kind of diversity in the art and music scene. Among all the galleries in town, Halle Nord stands out as one of few spaces that really engages young contemporary artists from the region – and their young fans.
I was there recently for an opening showcasing three artists, aged 30-32, and all from Switzerland or France. The showing spanned sculpture, video art and spatial drawing. The audience for this particular show? A young crowd of artists, creatives and hipsters sporting their cool ugly sweaters and funky shoes – proof that this is one of the more accessible and youth-friendly art galleries in town.
Another plus- the gallery is just across from the Brasserie des Halles de l’Ile (check the Brasserie des Halles de L’ile article), which makes one of the best mojitos in town. Plus, most of the work is visible from outside the gallery, so you can grab that mojito and check out the artwork without a second thought.