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"The work lives from the way it is viewed. It is not limited to what it is or to the person who produced it, it is also made of the person who looks at it. My painting is a space of questioning and meditation where the meanings we lend it can be made and unmade. (Pierre Soulages)


Joëlle Cabanne is an artist and an architect. Her in-depth knowledge of several disciplines, from art history to the history of cinema, contributes to the creation of a substratum that favours the coexistence, in the field of the work, of a tangible (or visible) aesthetic research as well as its opposite, i.e. the intangible, the abstract and the spiritual immaterial. Using the concrete side of the work (support, colour, sign) and its phenomenological existence as a visual element is the starting point for the artist to enter into a dialogue that allows his audience to immerse themselves in an artistic universe that generates new forms of truth and beauty.

The non-existence of a univocal method capable of dictating the initial approach to his works seems to manifest an act of introspection. Indeed, as neuroscience shows, the human brain tends to reject immediately any abstractions that prevent it from identifying, for example on a surface, a shape that it is unable to recognise. In the case of the paintings in the InProcess series, which are made up of blue colour fields, the observer could be led to jump to conclusions by identifying the colour blue, its arrangement in the painted space and its material chromatic intensity as the subject of the work, but nothing is as difficult as apparent simplicity.


Contemplating Joëlle Cabanne's works is a complex multidimensional experience with many analogies to observing the sky. If, starting from the sensory experience of seeing the sky, we are able to go beyond the simple optical phenomenon, we will not only be able to assert that the sky is blue, but also to conceive that this colour, considered as an objective reality, is only due to the scattering of sunlight by particular atmospheric conditions. In this specific case, we must admit that opening the door of vision from a chromatic reality constitutes an experience that is both concrete and abstract. Similarly, by the act of painting on paper supports or on large canvases composed of shades of blue, the artist, through a gesture of generosity, confers an active role on his audience, who become capable of opening up to his gaze by questioning their own vision and marvelling at this sense that defines their way of relating to the outside. If Helen Frankenthaler, one of the major artists of Color Field Painting, developed the technique of stained color, through which paint is used as a dye and thus impregnates directly into the canvas, Joëlle Cabanne creates her own tools to paint with ink. She uses balsa wood sticks or soft branches gathered at the end of winter which allow her to control the liquid, while leaving room for chance. Establishing a direct relationship with the unconscious through ritual is the other specificity of the process adopted by the artist. First, she establishes a situation of absolute calm. Then, the inner listening allows her to receive communications coming from the deep forces, this creative process lasts until the moment when her hand is so tired that nothing more appears. Finally, the artist cuts her sheets into rectangular shapes to reassemble them in situ in the exhibition space. From this new point of view, one has the power to evoke the unitary value of the work, which is not constituted by multiples, but by a plurality of distinguished elements.

                                                                                                                   Eleonora Pimponi, art historian

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Joëlle Cabanne

Creative Studio

1227 Carouge Genève

Ancre 1



(b.1976 in Geneva, Switzerland)
Lives & Work in Geneva, CH & Haute Savoie France
Member of Visarte Switzerland, Geneva & Vaud & VSI.ASAI Switzerland
Founder & Partner @ dasBureau Architecture Office in Geneva
French, English, German, Italian speaking


2024-25 Exhibitions


Genius Loci, ArtNow Project, Genève, Suisse


Entre terre et Ciel, Fondation WRP, Genève, Suisse
Urban View, Galerie Katapult, Basel, CH

Group Show Galerie Calabro, Zurich,CH

En duo, Château de Vullierens, VD, CH

Genius Loci, Les vitrines de Saint-Jean,Ingphi, Lausanne, CH

Selected Past Exhibitions


Nature, Nuit des bains, Curated by Edvinas Gliebus, Le bal des créateurs, Genève, Suisse

Entre terre & Ciel, curated by S. Reichenbach, Galerie ComqueCom, La Neuville, Berne, CH

Entre Terre et Ciel, Galerie YD, Neuchâtel.CH

Monochromes, Millepiani Gallery, Roma, Italia

Le Génie de la Montagne, Art Champéry, Champery CH

La ligne Bleue, Ateapic gallery, Lausanne, CH

Artistes Femmes, EHL, Lausanne, CH

InProcess, Fondation WRP, Geneva, CH
Fields , Espace BoraBora, curated by Sabine Colombier,Geneva, CH

Dedans/Dehors, Galerie Ruine,curated by Visarte Genève, Geneva, CH

Flowers, Pure Clinic, Curated by Nina Raeber, Versoix, CH

Vibrer, Hôpital Intercantonal de la Broye, Curated by Nina Raeber, Payerne, CH


Matière Hybride, Galerie Ruine, Visarte Geneva Prize Geneva, CH


Atelier(rrr)ouvre-Toi I Atelier portes ouvertes, curated by Halle nord, Geneva, CH

Unique looks, Art Nou mil.lenni gallery, Barcelona, ES


Paysages recomposés, Bejing Art Fair, Art Nou mil.lenni gallery, Bejing I CN

Paysages ,Nuit des Bains, Curated by Edvinas Gliebus, Le bal des créateurs, Geneva, CH
JourBleu, Foound, curated by Anne Laure Oberson, Geneva, CH

Nebuleuse, Coaster Art Show, The Square, Geneva ,CH
Ermitages, DuprazSulc, Geneva, CH

Birds, Art Basel Miami, Miami,California, USA


Art to seve, Auction Event & exhibition, Théâtre de Saint Gervais, Geneva, CH

Pantoned Coloured Landscapes, Palais de Beaulieue, Lausanne, CH


Cabinet de curiosité suite et fin..., Espace Abraham Joly, Geneva,CH
ExtraWelt part two, Hopital de Bellerive, Geneva, CH

Birds little treasures, Galleria de Marchi, Curated by Paola Trevisan, Bologna I IT

Illusion, The Brick Lane Gallery, London, UK

City Wok, Barcelona Art fair, casa Battlo, curated by Joëlle Dinnage, Barcelona ,ES

Ermitages, Amsterdam Art fair, curated by Joëlle Dinnage, Oude Kerk, Amsterdam , NL
ExtraWelt part one, Espace Opéra, HUGE, Geneva, CH
Rythmes I AAD galerie I Geneva I CH

Voyager, The Brick Lane Gallery, London, UK
POP,Gallery Popper, curated by Barthelemy Johnson, Geneva , CH

Selected Collections
Schroeders Colletion, Geneva, CH
Collection Fond d’art contemporain,Hôpitaux Universitaires Geneva CH

Climate art Collection Berlin DE

Lecturer, Art Talk



Construire en  Montagne

avec Joëlle Cabanne , Anne-Marie Lolliet,  Jean-Framçois Delhom

Fondation WRP, Genève, CH


Le croquis et l’architecte, Fondation WRP I Geneva I CH

Représenter la Montagne

Joëlle Cabanne Loïc Perez & Jean-Framçois Delhom, c/o Abalance SA Neuchâtel I CH

Les limites du réel. Avec Eugénie Baccot FR et Joëlle Cabanne, Fondation WRP I Geneva I CH
BIRDS, Fondation Louis Jantet I Geneva I CH
The work Big mamma, École des Beaux Arts I Nantes I FR

Marseille, FR
Sticciano, Toscana, IT
Leukerbad, Valais, CH
Aegina, Greece, GR

Awards, Gants, Prize


99 Blue Chip Artist Art prize for publication  Artsted, UK


Losen Art prize for exhibition  Monochromes
Gants for Designing the trophy of the Swiss Ethic Prize ceremony
Gants for Designing the trophy of the UN Watch Human Rights Award delivered to Vladimir Kara-Murza


Visarte Genève, Prize for an exhibition in Geneva,Galerie Ruine
4 prize for the project NewOrder, Architectural competition in Geneva
Luxembourg Art Prize, Certificates of artistic merit
First prize of design for the HEAD Showcase in Geneva

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