recent: BAR BLEU

September 2022

BAR BLEU is a mediation concept developed by the team to activate our artists-in-residence program archive. We invite curators to organize an exhibition with the artists’ works from our archive around a pop-up bar (yes, a bar 🍸) we have designed.

BarBleu – Session II – from 22 to 25 September 2022

«visite bilatérale»
Madame l’Ambassadeur Esther Eppstein invites to the bar, to the exhibition.

Guest studio Gleis 70 and message salon embassy cultivate friendship, companionship an the transfer of residents.
Madame l’Ambassadeur Esther Eppstein moves to Gleis 70 for a weekend to Zurich-Altstetten and settles in the guest room, within art from the archive.

The Gleis 70 guest studio in Altstetten hosts residents from all over the world. The artists are selected through an open call by the guest studio itself or by the Pro Helvetia Cultural Foundation. At the end of their stay, the artists leave a work of art for the collection of guest studio 70. Madame l’Ambassadeur, herself a host in the art project message salon embassy, asks the operators of the guest studio Gleis 70 about their experiences with the artists in the studio and about the works of art. A conversation about hospitality, artistic processes, cultural misunderstandings and enriching encounters.

Madame l’Ambassadeur is looking forward to lively negotiations at the Bar Bleu, enchanté!“


Thursday 22 September, from 5 pm
An exhibition of works from the archives of the guest studio 70.
VIP opening party! 

There will be pastis and Madame l’Ambassadeur will cook and serve vegetable soup!


Friday 23 September and 

Saturday 24 September 
Bar Bleu open from 5 pm
Madame l’Ambassadeur is present !


Brunch from 11 am 
Sunday 25 September 12 pm Talk

Esther Eppstein in conversation with Nicole Henning and Barbara Bietenholz from the guest studio Gleis 70 (in german)

BarBleu – Session I – from 8 to 11 September 2022

«Encounters with art, people and stories „in transit“» is the first exhibition, curated by Sophie Mauch (aka @praesent): «Gleis70 is located directly on the transit axis, and anyone who works or visits here is touched by it. „in Transit“ is a stopover and a search for traces between the works and the network of relationships woven into them. With works by 15 artists from the last 10 years in the guest studio Gleis70. »

Sophie Mauch is a cultural mediator who is passionate about relationships of and between places, people and stories.

Opening Hours: 8 – 11.09 at Hermetschloostrasse 70,
3rd floor (Guest Atelier).

Artists work selected in the exhibition: Thomas C. Chung (@thomas.c.chung); Elise Eeraerts (@elise.eeraerts); Kamen Stoyanov (@kamen_stoyanov); Yuki Higashino (@higashinoy); Studio for Propositional Cinema (@studioforpropositionalcinema); Arthur Carvalho Arnold; Gorod Ustinov (@gorodustinov); Harry Hachmeister (@achharry); Dmitry Bulygin (@live_despite); Willimannarai (@willimannarai); Ayọ̀ Akínwándé; Gabriel Hensche (@gabrielhensche); Florencia Levy @florencyt.

BAR BLEU is supported by @stadtzh @kantonzuerich and Genossenschaft Gleis70.