Kunsthalle Basel

Festival of the eleventh summer

21 Sep - 16 Nov 2014

21 September – 16 November 2014

On 20 September 2014 Kunsthalle Basel celebrates the opening of its Festival of the Eleventh Summer, an eight-week programme of performances, screenings and talks.

The title pays homage to the Festival of the Tenth Summer that was held in July 1986 in Manchester. The organizer was Factory Records, a Manchester-based independent label that had been working with famous bands in the genres of punk and electronic dance music since the early 1980s. The festival celebrated the tenth anniversary of English punk: over the course of a week, concerts took place all over the city, a fashion show was held at the Haçienda (the night club run by Factory Records), and films of live concerts, band videos and exhibitions of photographs were shown at the Cornerhouse, Manchester’s centre for cinema and visual arts. The festival was accompanied by books authored by music personalities such as Richard Boon and Cath Caroll, and Malcolm Garett curated an exhibition of graphics and typography by designers who, like Peter Saville, for example, had risen to prominence with album covers for famous bands such as Joy Division, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark and New Order.

In a wide range of forums and involving multiple participants, the Manchester festival paid tribute to music in ten events that produced, illustrated, promoted and discussed music and brought it directly to the public.

Almost 30 years later, Kunsthalle Basel is following on from this event, if not in terms of content then from a structural point of view. Our Festival of the Eleventh Summer incorporates the genres of performance, music, the visual arts, readings, dance and film. There will also be a discussion on the topic of public programmes, i.e. the programmes of educational events through which institutions engage with their public, centred upon the key question: how can an art institution achieve popularity without succumbing to populism?

The Kunsthalle Basel’s Art Education team (Sanja Lukanovic and Leonie Brenner) will move into the museum’s galleries and set up a workspace. In place of fixed furnishings, it is intended that this space should fill up over the course of the festival with literature and materials that explore the ways of communicating art.

Tags: Peter Saville