Kunsthalle Basel

Performance Process

New Swiss Performance Now

19 Jan - 18 Feb 2018

Poster for the exhibition, New Swiss Performance Now, Kunsthalle Basel, 2017. Design: Dan Solbach
Sophie Jung, [@real, too] eh, co–?: “nah, cis. us!”, 2015. Photo: Philipp Hänger/Kunsthalle Basel
Claudia Comte, Tornado Kit, 2014. Photo: Stefan Altenburger
Florian Graf, Ghost Light Light House, 2012, (still). Courtesy the artist and Grieder Contemporary
Jérôme Leuba, battlefield #54 / lovers, Casal Solleric, 2011. Courtesy the artist
Balz Isler, In order to be, 2014, (performance), Kunsthaus Hamburg, 2014. Photo: Tim Heuss / Kunsthaus Hamburg
Antoine Bellini & Lou Masduraud, exhibition view, Coil interior, Hard Hat, 2017. © Quentin Lannes
New Swiss Performance Now
19 January 2018 – 18 February 2018

«Kunst der Stunde»: Performance ist angekommen, Basellandschaftliche Zeitung (09/2017)
Müde Supermänner zum Jubiläum, Telebasel (09/2017)
Im Labor, Basler Zeitung (09/2017)

Continuing its tradition of showcasing emerging artists, Kunsthalle Basel’s New Swiss Performance Now concentrates on a new generation of artists who use performance in their practice. Bringing together both artists regularly making performance art and visual artists who use the medium when it best expresses an idea, the show is conceived as a “live exhibition” in which no documentation, scripts, props, or other traces of performances will be exhibited. Instead, for one month, and within special opening hours, numerous performances and a vibrant program of ephemeral actions and events will unfold on the upper floor of Kunsthalle Basel. Presenting newly commissioned and recent pieces that range from the spectacular to the almost imperceptible, the selected artists draw on techniques from theater, dance, installation, or film to make their fleeting, situation-oriented actions. Expanding on the incredibly rich history of performance art in Switzerland—so well documented and presented by this exceptional multi-institutional collaboration—Kunsthalle Basel’s program emphasizes the form’s vitality in the new and the now.

The exhibition’s duration is framed by two of Basel’s liveliest cultural events: It begins on January 19, 2018, with the 18th edition of Basel Museums Night (with more than thirty-five participating museums and institutions), and it ends with a grand finale on the night of February 18, 2018 and carries into the wee hours of February 19, when all of Basel turns off its lights at 4 am for the Morgestraich, the ritual beginning of carnival, the city’s own “collective performance.”

With Claudia Comte, Florian Graf, Raphael Hefti, Balz Isler, Florence Jung, Sophie Jung, Stefan Karrer, Ariane Koch & Sarina Scheidegger, Jérôme Leuba, Lou Masduraud & Antoine Bellini, Ernestyna Orlowska, Lea Rüegg & Raphaela Grolimund, Yves Scherer, Steven Schoch, Hannah Weinberger, Johannes Willi and others. The complete list of artists and specific performance-times will be published here.

Tags: Claudia Comte, Florian Graf, Raphael Hefti, Sophie Jung, Jérôme Leuba, Yves Scherer, Hannah Weinberger