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Vanessa Billy

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Geneva, Switzerland

Birth year

Lives in
Zurich (CH) und London (UK)

Works in
Zurich (CH) und London (UK)

Representing galleries


Vanessa Billy has had solo exhibitions at Piano Nobile, Geneva (CH); unosolo project room, Milan (IT); Kunsthaus Baselland, Muttenz (CH); Project Space, The Photographer's Gallery, London (UK) and her works were in numerous group exhibitions, such as in La jeunesse est un Art, Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau (CH), Art and the City, Zurich (CH); Keep floors and passages clear, White Columns, New York (US); Royal College of Art, London (UK); GAM Galleria Civica d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Turin (IT). On 15 November 2013 her solo exhibition will open at BolteLang, Zurich (CH) and in 2014 at Limoncello, London (UK).

Vanessa Billy CV

born 1978 Geneva (CH), lives and works in Zurich (CH) und London (UK)


2001 BA Fine Art, Chelsea College of Art, London, (UK)
2000 Exchange semester at The Cooper Union School, New York, (US)
1998 Foundation Course, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London, (UK)

Solo Exhibitions

2014 Limoncello, London (UK)

2013 Dear energy, Sommer & Kohl, Berlin (DE)

Vider la terre pour remplir le ciel, Piano Nobile, Geneva, (CH)

2012 Frame, Frieze Art Fair, BolteLang, New York (USA)

2011 Looking for the pool, Unosolo project room, Milan (IT)

Not Taught, BolteLang, Zurich (CH)

Three times a day, Kunsthaus Baselland, Muttenz (CH)

Natural means something like vegetables, Christina Wilson Galerie, Copenhagen (DK)

2010 Who Shapes What, Limoncello, London (UK)

2009 Stream river lake river stream, BolteLang, Zurich (CH)

Surfaces for the mind to rest or to sink to, Project Space, The Photographer´s Gallery, London (UK)

2008 Kunst 08, solo presentation with Boltelang, Zurich (CH)

Flexible Values, Limoncello, London (UK)

Empty Centres, with Pamela Rosenkranz, BolteLang, Zurich (CH)

2006 Wet and dry practice, The Hex, London (UK)

Group Exhibitions

 2013 Things in common!, Art Stations gallery, Stary Browar, Poznań, (PL)

Collection Joseph Koulis, Mains d’Oeuvres, Paris (FR)

2012 Werkschau 2012: Werkbeiträge Bildende Kunst Kanton Zürich, F+F Schule für Kunst und Mediendesign, Zurich (CH)

The Hut project presents, Go Deep or Go Home, A.S.C. Gallery, London (UK)

A drawing while waiting for an idea, Large Glass, London (UK)

Brot und Salz, Sommer & Kohl, Berlin (DE)

La Jeunesse est un Art, Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau (CH)

Art and the city, Public space project in Zürich West, Zurich (CH)

We love you, Limoncello, London (UK)

Paul, Norman and Eloise: Vegetables on a Boat, Artists as Storytellers I, sic Raum für Kunst, Luzern (CH)

Collecting Collections and Concepts, Fabrica Asa, Guimaraes (PT)

Minimal Structures – New Existentialism Part 5, Pavillon Alte Fabrik, Rapperswill (CH)

Manufacture, Centre Pasquart, Biel (CH)

Economy of Means, SMoCA, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, AZ (USA)

2011 ...there is a crack in everything, Michael Janssen Gallery, Berlin (DE)

Freies Material, Weltraum, Munich (DE)

Swiss Art Awards, Basel (CH)

Young London, V22, London (UK)

Drop Handkerchief backdrop, 1857, Oslo (NO)

Some things come from nothing, nothing seems to come from something, Galeria Nuno Centeno, Porto (PT)

Limoncello Yellow, The Bakery, Annet Gelink Gallery, Amsterdam (NL)

Il n’y a que les montagnes qui ne se rencontrent pas, Agent Double, Geneva (CH)

Keep floors and passages clear, White Columns, New York (USA)

2010 !Recent British Sculpture, Grimm Fine Art, Amsterdam (ND)

What sticks, BolteLang, Zürich (CH)

Session 9, Object, Am Nuden Da, London (UK)

Use and Mention, Stephen Lawrence Gallery, London (UK)

The Zero Budget Biennale, Galleria Pianissimo, Milan (IT)

Rockeby, London (UK)

Klemm’s, Berlin (DE)

2009 Suns neither rise nor set, Hockney Gallery, Royal College of Art, London (UK)

Muslim Mulliqi Prize, National Gallery of Kosovo, Pristina! (KO)

About Now, Perla Mode, Zurich (CH)

Frieze Sculpture Park, Frieze Art Fair, London (UK)

The Fair Show, Limoncello, London (UK)

Zweckgemeinschaft, MICAMOCA, Berlin (DE)

The Zero Budget Biennale, Schleicher + Lange, Paris (FR)

Keep Floors and Passages Clear, Commission 7, Nottingham (UK)

Double Object, Thomas Dane, London (UK)

Boule to Braid, Lisson Gallery, London (UK)

Young people visit our ruins and see nothing but style, GAM – Galleria Civica d’Arte

Moderna e Contemporanea di Torino, Turin (IT)

Timewarp, CRAC Alsace, Altkirch (FR)

I am by birth a Genevese, Vegas Gallery, London (UK) and Forde, Geneva (CH)

The little shop on Hoxton Street, Limoncello, London (UK)

Contested Ground: A Curatorial Investigation, 176 Project Space, London, UK

2008 100 Years, 100 Artists, 100 Works of Art, A Foundation, Art on the Underground commission, London (UK)

Weight-sharing, Limoncello, London (UK)

The Long Take, MOOT, Nottingham (UK)

Double Object, Occasionals, London (UK)

Paper, Five Years, London (UK)

ARTfutures, Bloomberg SPACE, London (UK)

Blackwater, Espace Bellevaux, Lausanne (CH)

2007 Pilot: 3, La Guidecca, Venice Biennale (IT) and London (UK)

Even anti-heroes need their mum, Galerie Guy Bärtschi, Geneva (CH)

Salon 2007, New British paintings and works on paper, 319 Portobello Road, London (UK)

Sijang…, Forde, Geneva (CH)

2006 !Make room for the invisible man, Forde, Espace d’Art Contemporain,Geneva (CH)

Publish and Be Damned, independent publications fair, mit John Frum Press, London (UK)

Cabinet budget, L’Atelier, Geneva (CH)

2005 Les Feuilles Mortes, three person show, Duplex, Geneva (CH)

2004 Window Cleaning Days Are Over, The Empire, London (UK)

Inhibitions, The Standpoint Gallery, London (UK)

2003 A Hurtadillas, three person show, Los29enchufes, Madrid (SP)


2010 The Hex Colony, Andersabo (SE)

2009 Ateliers leimback, Zürich (CH)

Performances & Screenings

2010 Needed, Taken, Offered, Wanted, The Island on IPS Radio and

2008 Giocatori/The players, a project by Alex Cecchetti, FormContent at Zoo Art Fair, London (UK)

2003! Street interventions, Mad03 Festival, Madrid (SP)

2001 Untitled, performance with The Invisible Sounds, 291 Gallery, London (UK)

Rain Dialogue, Portobello Film Festival, London (UK)

Talks & Lectures

2011 Camberwell College of Art, Guest Artist, London (UK)

Kunsthaus Baselland, talk with Nadia Schneider, Basel (CH)

2010 Electrical Faults, the Enlightenment Gallery as part of Charlie Wolley’s Radio Show, Radio Broadcast

The Island IPS Radio, 87.80 FM/

Shaping Sculpture, Chelsea College of Art, London (UK)

2009 Art and Argument, Freymond Guth & Co, Zurich (CH)

The Photographer’s Gallery, Gallery talk with Kitty Anderson, London (UK)

2008-2009 The Arts Institute at Bournemouth, Visiting Lecturer BA (UK)

2008 Norwich School of Art & Design, Guest Artist, BA (UK)

2005-2008 Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin University, Visiting Lecturer (UK)



Kanton Zürich (CH)

Indigo Collection, London (UK)

Julius Bär Art Collection, Zurich (CH)

Zabludowicz Collection, London (UK)

UBS Collection


Recent Exhibits

Vanessa Billy participated in these exhibits:

Nov, 2013 Dear energy
Sommer & Kohl
Jun, 2013 No Name
On Stellar Rays
Feb, 2013 Collection Joseph Kouli
Mains d’Œuvres
Sep, 2012 Brot und Salz
Sommer & Kohl
May, 2012 A drawing while waiting for an idea- Prototypes, Artists' Proofs and First Constructions
Large Glass
Focal Point Gallery
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