Desperate times call for desperate measures, lol at swissnex Gallery, San Francisco


swissnex Gallery, opened in 2016, creates a bridge between Switzerland and San Francisco through events and exhibitions. We reflect and inspire ideas, spark conversations across cultures and disciplines, and unlock possibilities through collaboration.

Opening Hours

The gallery will be closed May 29 and 30.

swissnex Gallery regular hours are Monday through Friday, 1-5pm, and 1-8pm on Thursdays. 

Walk-ins are welcome.

Current Exhibition

Desperate times call for desperate measures, lol
April 18 – June 2 (info) | Symposium: May 20 (info)

Swiss artists !Mediengruppe Bitnik embody 51 of the San Francisco chatbots designed to lure men into online affairs through the Ashley Madison website, exploring human-bot relationships and the currency of trust, and desire, on the internet. The materialization of these online “fembots” in physical space critiques the commodification of women, and sex, in online spaces. The work engages questions of intimacy, the willingness to compromise “real” and “fake” experiences in online entertainment, and the temptation to project meanings onto the blank screens of the digital sphere. (More information)

Previous Exhibitions

Everyone a Humanitarian
Jan. 28 – March 31

The duration, scale, and complexity of humanitarian crises are reaching unprecedented levels. “Everyone a Humanitarian” explores new collaborative forms of humanitarian action bringing together various communities and disciplines to address the world’s most difficult challenges. The exhibit imagines how a future rich with advanced technologies and deeper relationships with affected populations will transform the way the world responds to crises. (More information)


Nov. 4 – Nov. 30

Nov. 4 – Nov. 30

The Dada movement was born 100 years ago at the Cabaret Voltaire in Zurich. The movement’s embrace of collage, sharing, and deconstruction sparked ideas that drive internet, DIY, open source, and ‘remix culture’ today. In celebration, Re:Dada showcases Swiss and US artists who reimagine Dada works through contemporary tools and sensibilities. (More information)


pic-EXHIBITION-Bottom-shapes-aSoft Form
Sept. 25 – Oct. 21

Transformed into an interactive landscape of soft geometric forms, the swissnex gallery becomes a responsive environment to explore and inhabit. Building blocks created out of recycled foam by Swiss architects BUREAU A make up a space where visitors can pause and connect. (More information)