EXHIBITION PROGRAMME 2017
20th January – 19th March 2017
Opening: Thursday 19th January 2017, 6.30pm
Press preview: Wednesday 18th January, 11am
Doris Lasch (b.1972, DE, lives and works in Basel) investigates forms of image production in her first major solo institutional exibition at the Kunsthaus Baselland. At a time when the photographic image seems ubiquitous and the volume of photographically created, not to mention digitally altered, images grows, Lasch questions the processes of this form of generating images using the methods and functionality of photography. Moments or possibilities of image creation are integrated in the exhibition setting in various ways. Between installation, intervention and sculpture, Doris Lasch arranges forms and fragments of a photographic language in the Kunsthaus Baselland spaces, an arrangement that also relates to the architecture of the exhibition space.
In her photographic work Bianca Pedrina (b.1985, CH, lives and works in Vienna) consistently engages with the process of visual perception. She frequently traces back forms and ideas of architecture and its history. The question of the relationship between the viewer and their immediate surroundings is central to her work, as well as photography’s claim to truth in general. In her multifaceted work, in which she uses differing media such as photography, film, or sculpture and installation, Pedrina questions how a work can make the qualities of the medium of photography its subject, and with that medium the connection between image and reality. Following a recent exhibition of her work viewed by a wide audience at the Amerika-Haus (C/O Berlin), the exhibition at the Kunsthaus Baselland will be Pedrina’s largest institutional solo exhibition to date.
Friday 20th January: Kunsthaus Baselland @Museumsnacht Basel
20th March – 31st December 2017
Kunsthaus Baselland Annual Exterior Project 2017
Opening: Sunday 19th March, 11.30 am
Daniel Göttin, (b.1959, CH) who has long lived and worked in Basel, will allow a surprising insight into his work with the Kunsthaus Baselland’s annual exterior project, work which is known to many only as Concrete or Minimal. Göttin, who has been invited to participate in several major international group and solo exhibitions in recent years alone, notably in Japan, Australia and the United States will bring ‘a piece of the world’ to Muttenz and to the Kunsthaus Baselland.
31st March – 16th July 2017
Opening with live performance: Thursday 30th March 2017, 6.30pm
Press conference: Wednesday 29th March, 11am
In cooperation with CA2M. Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, Madrid,
and Tabakalera. Centro Internacional de Cultura Contemporánea, San Sebastián
Itziar Okariz (b. 1965, ES, lives in Bilbao) has long been among the most important international performance artists who engage with themes of gender and language particularly, and who in so doing investigate the meaning of word and text in relation to their own bodies. Her works have achieved broad recognition after live performances at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid, amongst others, as well as in the streets of New York, a metropolis where she spent many years. The solo exhibition at the Kunsthaus Baselland – which is the first showing of her work in Switzerland and the first ever survey of her work – will give special insight into Itziar Okariz’ multifaceted creation, including live performances and larger sound works. The exhibition will subsequently travel to CA2M. Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo in Madrid and the Tabakalera. Centro Internacional de Cultura Contemporánea in San Sebastián. A comprehensive catalogue of Okariz’ work will be produced in collaboration.
Irrintzi Repetition (Mute)
28th April – 16th July 2017
Opening: Thursday 27th April, 6.30pm
Press preview: Wednesday 26th April, 11am
Artist Markus Amm (b. 1969, DE, lives in Geneva) became internationally known through participation in major group shows on painting like Variations: Conversations In And Around Abstract Painting at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA in 2014 or Triumph of Painting 4: Germania at the Saatchi Gallery, London in 2008, among others. Key to these major survey shows was the question of what painting can be and do today. Amm, who was in London for many years and now lives and works in Geneva, will realise the first comprehensive survey of his work in Switzerland at the Kunsthaus Baselland. The artist will allow an overview of his fascinating, and sometimes enigmatic, painting, with which he subtly deals with questions of applying and dripping paint onto, among other surfaces, laboriously created chalk grounds.
Piero Golia, (b. 1974, IT, lives in Los Angeles) who lives in the USA, is among the most independent-minded contemporary conceptual artists, continually challenging the systems and conditions of art and the expectations artists are subject to. In 2005 Golia co-founded the ‘Mountain School of Arts’ in Los Angeles, where students accepted learn and attend classes, without, for example, any student fees to pay; in 2013 he set up Chalet Hollywood – a form of club including loans and works by befriended artists – to enable an experience of art through conversations, shared meals and exchange, etc., in one place. In 2014, together with a group of art students, he reproduced the nose of George Washington, first president of the USA, from Mount Rushmore – and thus exposing the activity of art making as an act of theatre – but above all, to question the ability of art to generate community and a social fabric. Golia will realise a new work developed specially for the annex of the Kunsthaus Baselland for his first institutional showing in Switzerland.
Chalet Grand Finale, 5th February 2016
photo: Bret Redman
28th August – 3rd September 2017
GUEST: INSTITUT KUNST HGK FHNW
Opening: Sunday 27th August, 11.30am
As is the case every year, the Institut Kunst publicly presents degree work by graduating students of the Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst FHWN. Not only to present the artists’ degree work to a broader public, but also in order to sustain ongoing dialogue with the city’s institutions and various contexts. The 2017 degree exhibition will take place at the Kunsthaus Baselland.
15th September – 12th November 2017
Opening: Thursday 14th September, 6.30pm
Press preview: Wednesday 13th September, 11am
The Marcia Hafif exhibition is created in collaboration with the
Kunstmuseum St. Gallen
Marcia Hafif (b.1929, USA, living in New York and California) is among the pioneers of the 1970s who fundamentally broadened conceptions of the practice of Painting. Since the 1980s, terms like ‘Radical’ have been used to describe Hafif’s work with monochrome painting. The Pencil on Paper drawings, vertical pencil marks covering a surface, begun in 1972, led to the vertical stroke in paint, work in both mediums still continuing and fitting within what she calls The Inventory. Each series included in The Inventory develops a single medium using traditional methods and materials for making paint and preparing a ground. Each presents individual works in the series, larger or smaller, painted normally with vertical brush-strokes while investigating the effect of un-mixed colour on grounds appropriate to that medium. Works from these series, her most radical perhaps, will be exhibited at the Kunsthaus Baselland: the Black Paintings (1979/80) in which she sought black by layering ultramarine blue and burnt umber. In conjunction with the contemporaneous exhibition at the Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, this will be Marcia Hafif’s most extensive presentation in Switzerland to date, a long-awaited exhibition from an exceptional artist.
Hafif painting Shade Paintings
New York studio
Maja Rieder (b.1979, CH, lives in Basel) has consistently engaged with the question of how drawing can create a connection to space since she started making art. Rieder’s drawing is not a countour or a descriptive line, but the creation of concrete formulations, such as geometric basic forms in graphite – mostly in powder form –, through overlappings or folds of sheets of paper or long paper rolls. By overlaying, folding, as well as what is left out, uncovered and the paper fields that are thus left free, positive and negative forms and figures are created, some of which are installed across broad spaces by the artist, to effect the architectural space. This will be Maja Rieder’s largest exhibition to date; the artist will exhibit across the whole lower floor of the Kunsthaus Baselland.
26th November 2017 – 7th January 2018
Opening: Saturday 25th November, 6.30pm
The exhibition Regionale is a cross-border project that is unique in this form. Nineteen institutions from three countries (CH, D, F) show artistic positions from the Basel region and the trinational region (Nordwestschweiz, Südbaden, Elsass) at the end of the year.