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Finissage Program

Come and join us for the big finale on Oct 20/21. 2018!



Short movie Art Safiental 2018

ART SAFIENTAL 2018 Video overview by Thomas Rickenmann


Art Safiental on 3sat

3sat adopted the report on  Art Safiental from SRF Kulturplatz – as the only segment of their Land Art-Program – translated into standard German and added a new informative intro.


Report on Swiss Television

Yesterday evening Swiss Television SRF broadcasted in its cultural section “Kulturplatz” a program on Land Art (whole report here) – one part portaited also this year’s Art Safiental, including interviews with Bob Gramsma, Gerber/Bardill, Marianne Halter and Mario Marchisella.


Video: Water Castle

For those who missed Steve Rowell‘s splendid film “WATER CASTLE” or want to rewatch, an online version is available now.


Report by Digital Brainstorming

Short visit by Digital Brainstorming from Migros Kulturprozent – Impressions and Interviews with mayor Thomas Buchli and curator Johannes M. Hedinger.


Next round for the Zero Star Hotel

What started 2 year ago als art installation of the 1. Art Safiental grew into a tourism brand; the Null Stern Hotel – zero star hotel respectively Zero Star Hotel and lately the Zero Real Estate of Atelier für Sonderaufgaben. After Safiental (2016) and Appenzell (2017) this years installment took place in Toggenburg (St.Gallen):


in the media

Art Safiental got featured all over the world, in publications such as Lonely PlanetSpiegel OnlineCondé Nast TravelerDesignboomThe GuardianHaaretz Israel oder No3. Magazine New York – but also in the local news such as Kunstbulletin, NZZWOZRTR, Swiss Info, Schweizer Familie, Südostschweiz or Bündner Tagblatt. More reviews can be found here



Impressions Egschi Shell

During the guided tour last Sunday there was a possibility to inspect the re-emerged Egschi Shell.
Update 25.8.: the Shell is partially under water again. During the last dry phase of Lake Egschi, there was a damage at the bottom of the shell. We are currently evaluating our options to bring it back to the surface.

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Aug 19: Art Hike

Tomorrow Sunday Aug 19: Guided Art Hike – Art Safiental
There are still some spots open – hurry up and join us for a stroll over Art Safiental with the curator and artists of Art Safiental
meeting point: 9.00 am Tenna (Alpenblick)
end: approx.  5.00 pm Turrahus (or 6pm Versam)
The route, further information and booking: HERE



Egschi Shell floating again

Since two days Bob Gramsma’s “Egschi Shell” is back floating on Egschi Lake!

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Press Photos online

Here you can download high-resolution press photos from all artworks / installations.

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Art Hiking Map is online

ART HIKING MAP for digital download – and from next week on as a print copy at all Safiental Tourism information points and in the village shops and restaurants in Safiental free of charge. Get the exact locations of all individual works of art and information complementary to the exhibition and participating artists.

Map Ausschnitt


Symposium online

Most of the talks of the Symposium “Horizontal – Vertical” are now online on our Youtube-Channel:

Chris Taylor
Bill Fox
Hanna Hölling
Emily Eliza Scott
Steve Rowell
Sibylle Omlin
Giovanni Carmine
Atelier für Sonderaufgaben
DIG Collective

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Artist talks online

All artist talks from the 2. Alps Art Academy can be found on our Youtube channel
H.R. Fricker
Bob Gramsma
Marianne Halter & Mario Marchisella
Lita Albuquerque

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Save Egschi Shell!

For reasons of power production, the hydro powerplant Kraftwerke Zevreila emptied the artificial Egschi Lake last week. During this manoeuvre, the shell hit the ground and got damaged. that’s why it is currently under water. Upcoming weekend the reservoir will be emptied again which gives us back the shell. Then we are checking the damages and start planning its rescue. Even the mayor of Safiental called and is willing to support the second life of “Egschi Shell”. – update 2.8.: the water in the lake is currently so low that the shell is on view again, it can also be visited. Currently they are testing the possibilities to make the shell float again. update 10.8.: due to the ongoing heat period, lake Egschi is still without water. this means also that the shell is still on dry ground and not floating, but can be visited.



“Transparent Earth” moved to Schlüechtli

Transparent Earth” by Lita Albuquerque is on view at its new location on Schlüechtli (2283m). After long discussions with the local community about its earlier location and an unfortunate act of vandalism, the organisators decided in consultation with the artist to move the work from Tenner Kreuz up to Schlüechtli. We’d like to thank all involved helpers who dug out the sculpture at the previous site and anchored it at the new site, as well the crew of SwissHelicopter for the appropriate transport from peak to peak.”Transparent Earth” on Schlüchtli is reachable by foot from Tenna Mitte in approx. 2 to 2,5 hours.

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Guided Tours Art Safiental

Join us for an Art Hike over Art Safiental! – The guided tours bring you to a selection of the artworks in Safiental. Artists and/or the curator who joins the tour are sharing background information. For Details + Booking go to HERE
There are two tours offered:
Tour A: Tenna – Versam / Tour B: Tenna – Thalkirch.
22. Julz 2018 (with Johannes Hedinger/Jolanda Rechsteiner) – Tour A
19. August 2108 (with Matthias Bildstein, Marianne Halter, Mario Marchisella) – Tour B
23. September 2018 (with Gabriela Gerber, Lukas Bardill, Johannes Hedinger) – Tour A
7. October 2018 (with Jolanda Rechsteiner u.a.) – Tour B



Alps Art Academy on RTR

Report by Donatella Bonifazi for RTR – Radiotelevisiun Svizra Rumantscha featuring 3 participants of the 2. Alps Art Academy: Paolo Uboldi (IT), Cathleen Ching Yee Lau (HK), Ryan Dewey (US)

La «Land Art Safiental» ha suenter il 2016 puspè lieu – quai n’è dentant betg il sulet che ha carmalà artists da tut il mund en la regiun.


Himmel III in “The Guardian”

“Himmel III” by Bildstein / Glatz was featured in today’s The Guardian.
right between a crocodile in Australia and Kim Jong-Un from North Korea.

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Art Safiental officially open

ART SAFIENTAL and its 15 installations successfully opened last weekend. They are on view daily until Oct 21. free of charge. >Art Hiking Map



Opening program

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Teaser Art Safiental


Preview Bündner Tagblatt

full article from Bündner Tagblatt 25.6.2018: download

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application deadline

 Get one of the last places in this year’s Alps Art Academy!
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Bündner Tagblatt

Preview in Bündner Tagblatt of the upcoming Art Safiental and Alps Art Academy

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Artists & faculty 2018

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We are delighted to announce the invited artists for Art Safiental 2018, as well as the faculty for Alps Art Academy 2018:

Artist list 2018:
Lita Albuquerque (USA), Ueli Alder (CH), Aram Bartholl (D), Paul Barsch / Tilman Hornig (D), Bildstein / Glatz (CH/A), Mirja Busch (D), Com&Com (CH), DIG Collective (UK), HR Fricker (CH), Gabriela Gerber & Lukas Bardill (CH), Bob Gramsma (CH/NL), Ingeborg Lüscher (CH), Marianne Halter & Mario Marchisella (CH), Steve Rowell (USA), Analia Saban (ARG/USA), Roman Signer (CH) u.a.

Faculty 2018:
Matthias Bildstein (A), Mirja Busch (D), DIG Collective (UK), Bill Fox (USA), Gabriela Gerber/Lukas Bardill (CH), Johannes M. Hedinger (CH), Hanna Hölling (UK), Steve Rowell (USA), Analia Saban (USA), Konstanze Schütze (D), Chris Taylor (USA), u.a.