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Michel Houellebecq and Dr. med. Henry Perschak, Facharzt für Allgemeine Innere Medizin© Manifesta 11
Michel Houellebecq and Dr. med. Henry Perschak, Facharzt für Allgemeine Innere Medizin
© Manifesta 11
Manifesta 11: What People Do for Money: Some Joint Ventures
ZURICH  •  various venues  •  11 June - 18 September 2016

Manifesta is the only roving biennial of contemporary art. From Rotterdam to Frankfurt to San Sebastian and St. Petersburg – its journey has taken it all over Europe. Between June and September 2016, Zurich hosts Manifesta 11. Featuring 130 artists, a floating pavilion and 38 parallel events, Manifesta venues and activities are scattered all over the city. Under theme of “What People Do for Money: Some Joint Ventures”, artists from all over the world are getting together with representatives of Zurich-based occupations.

For example, the Catalan artist Carles Congost is working with the Zurich Fire Brigade to produce a film, Simply the Best, which will address the differences between a vocation and wage labour. Maurizio Cattelan is working together with a Paralympic athlete. Teresa Margolles with a transsexual sex worker, Marguerite Humeau with an engineer for robotic and Shelly Nadashi with a literature teacher.

Another of the participating artists, French author Michel Houellebecq, has teamed up with a doctor to present Manifesta visitors a meticulous evaluation of his health.

The 30 new productions follow the format of the Joint Venture. Each of these artistic projects is exhibited in three different ways: at a satellite venue, in a classical art institution and in the form of a film screened at the Pavillon of Reflections.

The historical exhibition, which comprise over 100 positions, is being co-curated by Manifesta 11 Chief Curator Christian Jankowski together with English Curator Francesca Gavin.

The Historical Exhibition: Sites Under Construction take up and
explore the various ways in which current and historical working worlds have been portrayed in art.

Manifesta was conceived in the early 1990s as a nomadic, European biennial of contemporary art, responding to the new social, cultural and political reality that emerged in the aftermath of the Cold War.

Following a desire to explore the psychological and geographical territory of Europe and to provide a dynamic platform for cultural exchange throughout the region, it takes place every two years in a different European city. Along with the Venice Biennale and documenta in Kassel, Manifesta is one of the foremost art events in Europe.

Manifesta 11 Website


<P>Hendrick Goltzius (1558–1617), <EM>Bacchus</EM>, ca. 1595Kupferstich. Platte 24.9 x 18.1 cm | Blatt 25.2 x 18.1 cm. Kunstmuseum Basel- Kupferstichkabinett- Alter BestandPhoto: Kunstmuseum Basel - Martin P. Bühler</P>

Hendrick Goltzius (1558–1617), Bacchus, ca. 1595
Platte 24.9 x 18.1 cm | Blatt 25.2 x 18.1 cm. Kunstmuseum Basel- Kupferstichkabinett- Alter Bestand
Photo: Kunstmuseum Basel - Martin P. Bühler

Enthralling Engraving: The Enterprise of Hendrick Goltzius
BASEL  •  Basel Kupferstichkabinett  •  20 August - 13 November 2016

The exhibition at the Basel Kupferstichkabinett presents a selection of around eighty of the finest works by the master from Haarlem, Hendrick Goltzius (1558–1617), including Biblical and mythological scenes and erudite allegories. Goltzius owes his prominent place in art history primarily to a career combining three vocations: he was an inventor, engraver, and publisher, pursuing all his ventures with unusual creativity as well as the utmost professionalism.

The exhibition illustrates that Goltzius’s great success did not grow solely out of his own creative powers. The publishing enterprise he launched in 1582 not only served to bring his own engravings to market, it also enabled him to harness the full potential of others. He collaborated with several renowned artists of his time such as Karel van Mander, Cornelis Corneliszoon van Haarlem, and Bartholomäus Spranger, whose creative ideals had a lasting influence on him. Goltzius increasingly devoted himself to the depiction of the naked human body, which he staged in uncommonly dynamic and artistic poses. His longstanding passion for mythological themes eventually led him to travel to Italy, where, in 1590–91, he seized the opportunity to study famed antiquities and masterworks of Italian art with his own eyes. A succession of talented associates in his workshop—Jacob Matham, Jan Muller, and Jan Saenredam—executed his engravings with the same perfection for which Goltzius was famous, allowing him to maintain a product range featuring a very wide array of themes and motifs without compromising the high technical quality of his output.

Kunstmuseum Basel Websitte

Contact: Kunstmuseum Basel
St. Alban-Rheinweg 60
CH-4010 Basel
Tel: (41) 61 206 62 62

<P>Betsabeé Romero, *1963, <EM>Piel de casa</EM>, 2001Color print on Kodak Professional Digital Paper mounted on aluminum, 69,5 x 103,9 cmDaros Latinamerica Collection, Zürich© The artis</P>

Betsabeé Romero, *1963, Piel de casa, 2001
Color print on Kodak Professional Digital Paper mounted on aluminum, 69,5 x 103,9 cm
Daros Latinamerica Collection, Zürich
© The artis

Without Restraint: Works by Mexican Women Artists from the Daros Latin America Collection
BERN  •  Kunst Museum Bern  •  3 June - 23 October 2016

The exhibition presents together for the first time contemporary Mexican art by women from the Daros Latinamerica Collection (Zurich). The works of the artists on show engage with the concept of mexicanidad—of Mexican national identity—and challenge the traditional roles and social spaces assigned to women and minorities by the prevailing hierarchies. Using different media, the artists overthrow the existing order of everyday life and routines which trap women in a labyrinth of traditional archetypes. Topics such as life and death, the violated body, identity, migration, nature and the metropolis are critically examined and discussed in their works.

Without Restraint  presents 35 works including photographs, video, obsjects and installations by Ximena Cuevas (1963), Claudia Fernández (1965), Teresa Margolles (1963), Betsabeé Romero (1963), Maruch Sántiz Gómez (1975), Teresa Serrano (1936) and Melanie Smith (1965). The exhibition was curated by Valentina Locatelli, from Kunstmuseum Bern.

The Daros Latinamerica Collection, based in Zurich, is a comprehensive private collection of contemporary art from Latin America. It includes over 1,200 works by 120 artists, comprising both individual works and groups of works in all media and genres, created mainly from the 1960s to the present day.

Kunst Museum Bern Website


Kunst Museum Bern
Hodlerstrasse 8
3011 Bern, Switzerland

Tel: (41) 31 328 09 44

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