Public Treasure

20 January – 28 March

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Public Treasure” exhibition currently on view at the gallery until Saturday 23 March 2024.
For this occasion a text has been written by Romain Noël.
La porte d’Or et le Trésor Public by Romain Noël – click to download the text

“Public Treasure” exposition actuellement présentée à la galerie jusqu’au Samedi 23 Mars 2024.
Un texte de Romain Noël accompagne l’exposition.
La porte d’Or et le Trésor Public par Romain Noël – cliquez pour télécharger le texte


THE GOLDEN DOOR, 2023, duration: 22′
Director: Gaia Vincensini, Director of photography: Paolo Scarfo Assistant, Director of photography: Anouk Chambaz, Production manager and editing: Colin Ledoux, Sound Design: Tobias Koch, Make up artist: Chaim Vischel, Assistant make up artist: Valentina Musa, Decors: Gaia Vincensini, Maquette and giant puppet: Costanza Solari


The film The Golden Door (with a soundtrack composed by sound artist Tobias Koch) follows vaguely the literary tradition of the Gothic novel in its narrative style and tells us the story of the young Swiss banker Piero who must meet a mysterious client in Rome. Piero’s character is inspired by the melancholic clown archetype of Commedia dell’Arte. The film follows him on his surreal journey in a city of magnificent palazzi and grotesque masks. Through this bizarre story, Gaia Vincensini delves into the concept of value, particularly regarding gold and its role in capitalist system, exploring themes like alchemy, wealth, and the power dynamics of the Catholic Church in the 15th century. The presence of artificial gold objects—both as props in the film as well as sculptures in the exhibitions space— highlights the constructed nature of value: a critical view on Switzerland’s banking history, luxury watches, and the commodification of time, while offering a female gaze on a patriarchal world. The Golden Door often blurs the lines between reality and imagination, encouraging viewers to question their perceptions of the world around them, frequently incorporating elements of surrealism, symbolism, and abstraction to create a sense of wonder and curiosity.

With the support of: République et canton de Genève Fonds cantonal d’art contemporain.


Gio Ventura: Piero, the banker Dressed and accessorised by Gaia Vincensini
Cellphone by Youri Johnson
Colin Ledoux: the alchemist Client
Aiki: the alchemist cat Accessorised by SiTenne vintage shop
In his office the painting is by Christopher Page, sculpture by Thomas Hutton and curtains by Adelaide Cioni.
Book de Magia by Giordano Bruno
Natalia Olsen: Spirit of gold Outfit by sense of truth
Armor bra by Natalia Olsen
Alessandro Troiani: the clock-man Veronica Garillazo: the smoking woman
Beatrice Tabacchi: the wristwatch
Andrea Mauti: the public clocks
Costanza Solari: the hands

Special thanks to Vittoria Bonifati and Villa Lontana, Eva Maleen, Stefano Torres, Molly Ledoux, Renan Mendes, Alaide Pinto, Nawfal El Alkaoui, Inner Light, Alice Brygo, SiTenne, Spazio Chirale, Keter, Carmelo Morello, Elisabeth Barbey.

Gaia Vincensini (1992) lives and works between Geneva and Paris. In 2016 she graduated from HEAD-Genève. In her work, she creates narratives that explore the value systems shaping both art and society. She won the Manor and Kiefer Hablitzel I Göhner art awards in 2021 and completed a ninemonth residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris in 2020. Her work has been exhibited at MAMCO and Forde in Geneva, at the Swiss Institute in New York, at Maison d’Art Bernard Anthonioz in Nogent-sur-Marne and, more recently, at Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris, at Swiss Art Awards in Basel and at confort moderne in Poitiers.