Kunsthalle image

Friart has organised over 160 exhibitions and 30 off-site projects since it was founded in 1981. In 1991, Friart moved into an industrial building at No. 22 Petites-Rames in Fribourg’s old town. At the crossroads of Switzerland’s different linguistic regions, Friart is somewhere that brings the different art scenes of French and German-speaking Switzerland into dialogue. Friart has earned an international reputation for its adventurousness and the global reach of a curatorial programme that showcases emerging, Swiss and international artists, and presents historical surveys that aim to promote the (re-)discovery of parallel histories, alternative cultures and expression, and artists and works that have not received the attention they deserve.

The Kunsthalle Friart has presented debut solo exhibitions of Dominique Gonzales Foerster (1996), Latifa Echakhch (2010), Valentin Carron (2002), Steven Parrino (2002) and David Hammons (1993), and organised significant exhibitions of work by Renée Green (1996), Julia Scher (1996), Thomas Hirschhorn (1995) and Marc Dion (1995). Recently, it hosted exhibitions by the designers Trix & Robert Haussmann (2014), Cameron Rowland (2016), Italian artist Ketty La Rocca (2019), Dorota Gaweda & Eglé Kulbokaité (2019), Calla Henkel & Max Pitegoff (2020) and Hamishi Farah (2021) and organised the investigative and research exhibitions Movie Implosion! (2015), on Swiss experimental cinema, Discoteca Analitica (2019), on the emergence of multimedia environments in the 1960s, and The films of Guillaume Dustan (2020), which presented the films made by the French writer between 2000 and 2004.

Kunsthalle Friart Fribourg is managed by a non-profit association.

– Clémence de Weck: Presidency
– Nicolas Brodard
– Hani Buri
– Julien Vuilleumier
– Irène Unholz
– Débora Alcaine

– Michel Ritter (1981-2002)
– Sarah Zürcher (2002-2007)
– Corinne Charpentier (2007-2013)
– Balthazar Lovay (2013-2019)
– Nicolas Brulhart (since 2019)


Kunsthalle image

– Nicolas Brulhart: artistic direction
– Estelle Negro: administrative direction
– Sacha Rappo: artistic coordination
– Julie Folly: communication
– Léa Depestel: internship

– Esengo Miere
– Camille Ayer
– Maïté Pittet
– Alix Beaudegnies

– Fanny Delarze: art education
– Eurostandard, Pierrick Brégeon: graphic design
– Guillaume Baeriswyl: photography
– Chi-Binh Trieu: programming (new website)
– Marie Gyger: editorial direction (new website)
– Jack Sims: English translator
– Michèle Graf and Selina Grüter: German translators

– Conceição Silva Carvalho
– Aliona Cazacu


Kunsthalle Friart Fribourg
Petites-Rames 22
Case Postale 294
CH–1701 Fribourg
+41 (0) 26 323 23 51





Friends of Friart

Kunsthalle image

Becoming a Friend of Friart is the ideal way to support the institution, remain in close contact with its activities and meet new people who share a passion for art.


– Free admission to Friart and many partner locations throughout Switzerland*
– Discount of 20% on Friart publications and editions
– Free guided tour
– Annual cultural trip with the Friends of Friart

*Mamco Genève, Centre d’art contemporain Genève, CAN – Centre d’art de Neuchâtel, Kunsthalle Bern, Kunsthalle Zürich, Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, Kunsthalle St. Gallen, Kunsthaus Glarus, Kunstmuseum Thun, Kunstmuseum Langenthal, Aargauer Kunsthaus Aarau, Museum Allerheiligen Schaffhausen, Centro Arte Contemporanea Ticino Bellinzona


Artist / Student
20 CHF / year
50 CHF / year
80 CHF / year
500 CHF / year
Amounts over 500 CHF


When registering, you have the opportunity of acquiring the Friends of Friart special edition.

Information: amis@friart.ch / + 41 (0)26 323 23 51


– Luke H. Gillon: President
– Pierre Stadler: Treasurer
– Laura Lanfranchi, Antonie Oberson, Nicolas Horvath, Alix Baudegnies: Committee
– Jean-Baptiste de Weck: Honorary President

Edition of the Friends of Friart

Each year, the Association des Ami-e-s de Friart invites an artist connected to the Kunsthalle to produce a special edition at an affordable price. This edition is available for Friends and future members.

Grégory Sugnaux, It’s all so tiresome

You can purchase a unique painting (18 x 24 cm, acrylic and gouache on canvas) by the Fribourg artist Grégory Sugnaux from the series It’s all so tiresome. Each portrait is personalized and numbered from 1 to 30. By ordering your painting, you will give the artist a keyword that will serve as inspiration.

Special price for members and future members: 300 CHF

How to order your personalized painting ? Directly via this online form. The keyword are to be inserted at this time. You can also order your painting by phone at 026 323 23 51 during opening hours.

“Images of moved people are filtered, collected and then arbitrarily selected before being reproduced in paint. I start from images, from this socialized visual material of the sphere of the ordinary appearance. There is first the process of collection, iterative stuttering of the similar. Then, by a computer software conceived for this purpose, I constitute a bank of images answering the same key words that the Friends of Friart provide by ordering a painting. On the various forums and social networks, these images are distributed in a similar simplicity (without description nor specific characteristic), delivered like a good joke without punchline, which confers them their banal and fascinating effectiveness. I replicate this banality in a quick, impressionistic gouache painting, where the affectivity of the images runs out like jam on bread. Affect is reinserted into the social field by an authentic mimicry. My painting is an art of time. Within the strange eternity without intensity of a decade that never ends, I cut slowdowns and accelerations, I mark stops and make shortcuts. (Grégory Sugnaux)

Grégory Sugnaux (1989) lives and works in Fribourg. His work is integrated into an extended network of cursed images, digested by a system of hashtags and hyperlinks. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from EDHEA (Sierre) and a Master’s degree from HKB (Bern). In 2015, he received the Kiefer Hablitzel I Göhner art prize. His recent exhibitions include Display, Berlin (2020), Palazzina, Basel (2020) and data romance, Gruyères (2022). His first solo exhibition Definitive, therefore provisional was presented at Kunsthalle Friart in 2019. From 2016 to 2020, he is co-curator of the independent art center WallRiss in Freiburg. Currently, he is in residence in Rome with the Instituto Svizzero until July 2023.

Information and order: amis@friart.ch


Located in a former cardboard factory, Friart’s exhibition spaces are located on two floors, the ground and first floors of the building. The main space (c. 100m²) is flanked on either side by large industrial windows and a central colonnade. The first floor (c. 70m²) is L-shaped. The windows and the central colonnade are similar to those on the ground floor. The technical equipment rooms can be found on the third floor, as well as an apartment for the reception of artists. The reception and bookstore are located in the basement.


Friart’s exhibition spaces can be rented for private events. Private events must be compatible with the Friart calendar.

Information and pricing: info@friart.ch


Kunsthalle image

Located at the Friart reception, the bookstore presents a selection of catalogues, artists’ books and novels, monographs and theoretical works on contemporary art. In addition to a wide range of the latest specialist magazines and books, new publications are added every month in relation to Kunsthalle Friart exhibitions and the town’s cultural activities. Artists, curators, art spaces and institutions are regularly invited to curate a section of the bookstore. 

Information and orders: editions@friart.ch


Friart thanks for the support by
– Loterie Romande
– Agglomeration Freiburg
– State of Fribourg
– City of Fribourg
– Swiss Confederation, Federal Office of Culture
– Friends of Friart
– Kiefer Hablitzel Stiftung
– Ernst Göhner Stiftung
– Dr. Georg und Josi Guggenheim Stiftung
– Ernst & Olga Gubler-Hablützel Stiftung
– Stiftung Temperatio

and its partners
– Association of Museums of the Canton of Fribourg
– Association K / Verein C
– Association of Museums in Switzerland
– Fribourg Tourism
– Kollektiv Ortie
– Atelier Studio 48
– WallStreet
– Restaurant du Belvédère
– Moonlight Kombucha
– Cantina del Mulino
– Le Cric, Cooperative Printing Office
– Center of Socioprofessional Integration Fribourg, CIS