On 15 March 2021, Fredi Fischli and Niels Olsen took over the artistic direction and Christina Hanke the commercial direction of the Swiss-wide initiative for a new national exhibition. Christina Hanke, Fredi Fischli and Niels Olsen have convinced the board of the association with their versatile track record, their network and their vision for Nexpo as a new, forward-looking, Switzerland-wide national exhibition.
The new artistic and commercial directors will be responsible for promoting the application to the federal government for its support of Nexpo as the next national exhibition. In addition, it will conclude new partnerships and launch pioneering projects, according to a statement. The aim of Nexpo is to be the first decentralised national exhibition in Switzerland. Instead of concentrating on one region, Nexpo is to take place in all parts of the country: in all language regions, in cities, conurbations and in the countryside. In contrast to previous exhibitions, hardly any temporary new buildings will be erected for this purpose; instead, existing buildings will be used (temporarily) wherever possible.
Online panel on 10 May 2021
To kick off the new phase, a panel will be held on 10 May 2021 at which the new management will discuss its vision for Nexpo with guests. The event will be broadcast into virtual space from the vacant Le Plaza cinema in Geneva, a possible future venue for Nexpo projects. Media representatives and interested parties can register via Mail register for the online event.