28th April – 16th July 2017
Opening: Thursday 27th April, 6.30pm
Press preview: Wednesday 26th April, 11am
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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.
31st March – 16th July 2017
In cooperation with CA2M. Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, Madrid, and Tabakalera. Centro Internacional de Cultura Contemporánea, San Sebastián
Opening with live performance: Thursday 30th March 2017, 6.30pm
Press conference: Wednesday 29th March, 11am
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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.
The new Kunsthaus Baselland
The Kunsthaus Baselland is planning to move to the site of the present Dreispitzhalle at Helsinki-Strasse 5. Basler Buchner Bründler architects have won the competition process with their study project, jointly undertaken by the Foundation Kunsthaus Baselland and the Christoph Merian Stiftung.
For each exhibition an extensive associated mediation programme, for schools and families, amongst others, will be on offer, as well as discussions with artists.