SALTS supports young Swiss and international artists to develop unique and outstanding site-specific projects. Since 2009, the exhibitions have often materialised on site, in varied forms of media, always with the goal to push beyond the artists' daily practice, while challenging the audience's formal and conceptual expectations.
Each new project grows out of a unique commissioning process, born from an open-ended conversation, with the ultimate goal to become a landmark in an artist's career. Off the usual gallery set-up and dynamics, SALTS is a non-for-profit Kunstverein that aims at developing proposals addressing the specificity of its location. An old family butcher shop, two converted garage boxes, a courtyard and a garden adjacent to the river Birs in the outskirts of Basel, are the elements each artist is offered to respond to formally and conceptually.
SALTS promotes an interdisciplinary exchange and dialogue and encourages involvement with other non-for-profits spaces, while fostering a dialogue with educational institutions on a national and international level. SALTS is run by Samuel Leuenberger and hosts regular contributions by guest curators. Between October 2014 and June 2019, the exhibition program was co-curated by Elise Lammer.