Fondation Beyeler's summer exhibition

  • When:   May 19, 2024 - August 11, 2024

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Fondation Beyeler's summer exhibition
Fondation Beyeler, installation view

For the first time in the Fondation Beyeler's more than 25-year history, the entire museum and its surrounding park will be transformed into the site of an experimental exhibition of contemporary art. Organised by Fondation Beyeler in partnership with LUMA Foundation, the show will bring together the work of 30 participants from different backgrounds and disciplines, including Michael Armitage, Anne Boyer, Federico Campagna, Ian Cheng, Chuquimamani-Condori and Joshua Chuquimia Crampton, Marlene Dumas, Frida Escobedo, Peter Fischli, Cyprien Gaillard with Victor Man, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Wade Guyton, Carsten Höller with Adam Haar, Pierre Huyghe, Arthur Jafa, Koo Jeong A, Dozie Kanu, Cildo Meireles, Jota Mombaça, Fujiko Nakaya, Alice Notley, Precious Okoyomon, Philippe Parreno, Rachel Rose, Tino Sehgal, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Ramdane Touhami and Adrián Villar Rojas.

Developed by Sam Keller, Mouna Mekouar, Isabela Mora, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Precious Okoyomon, Philippe Parreno and Tino Sehgal in close collaboration with the participants, the exhibition aspires to stimulate artistic freedom, interdisciplinary exchange and collective responsibility. The approach, as stated by Philippe Parreno and Precious Okoyomon, acknowledges 'the complexities and uncertainties involved in bringing artists together, yet it also embraces these entanglements as integral to the creative process'. The show is envisioned as 'a dynamic rather than static proposal, an evolving ontological project that mirrors the complexity and diversity inherent in bringing together distinct artistic voices under one umbrella'. Conceived as a living organism that changes and transforms, participants have contributed their thinking on every phase of the making of an exhibition from its conception, elaboration and production to its creation and presentation. In particular, Tino Sehgal has been invited to create transforming display features for the overall presentation, especially extending to works from the in-house collection.

Similar to group shows such as "Il Tempo del Postino" (organized by Art Basel, Fondation Beyeler and Theater Basel with support by LUMA Foundation and commissioned by Manchester International Festival and Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris) and "To the Moon via the Beach" (commissioned and produced by LUMA Foundation), the project traces pathways rather than strict filiations. Just like the exhibition and the experience itself, the title of the summer show is contributed by the participants and will periodically change.

The list of participants features artists, poets, architects, designers, musicians, composers, philosophers and scientists. They each have been welcomed to transform Fondation Beyeler, extending across the galleries, gardens, terraces, and ancillary spaces, such as the box office, green room, shop, foyer and winter garden. The public will rediscover the existing gallery spaces in an unexpected way and explore spaces that they are not familiar with. Turning up at different times, visitors will have different experiences within the same spaces. Multiple temporalities will overlap through exhibition displays, social spaces, performances, concerts, poetry readings, talks, and community activities, encouraging multiple visits by offering return tickets. The labyrinth-like exhibition architecture invites audiences to explore the show in different ways.

Connections and interrelationships between individual works are developed in close dialogue with the artists. This exchange also extends to works from the Fondation Beyeler collection, which has been made available to the artists as a resource and forms an integral part of the exhibition. Alongside the temporary art projects, works by artists including Louise Bourgeois, Paul Klee, Claude Monet and Vincent Van Gogh will be on display.... read the rest of the article»

The first iteration of this collective project will be presented at Fondation Beyeler this summer, with subsequent iterations of the interdisciplinary group show being restaged in yet another form in Arles and other LUMA locations.

The exhibition is generously supported by:
Hansjörg Wyss, Wyss Foundation
Max Kohler Stiftung
Patronesses of the Fondation Beyeler
Craig Robins & Jackie Soffer

as well as further patrons who prefer to stay anonymous.

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Title: Fondation Beyeler's summer exhibition

Opening: May 19, 2024

Ending: August 11, 2024

Organization: Fondation Beyeler con Fondazione LUMA

Place: Basilea, Fondation Beyeler, Beyeler Museum AG

Address: Baselstrasse 77 - CH-4125 Riehen/Basel

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