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Fokus Andreas Gursky
BASEL  •  Kunstmuseum  •  18 September 2018 - 31 March 2019
 
Andreas Gursky (b. 1955), one of the most widely acclaimed contemporary photographers, is a member of what is often called the “Düsseldorf School of Photography,” a loose association of graduates of the Düsseldorf Art Academy that emerged in the 1980s. Like his influential teachers, the photographers Bernd and Hilla Becher, Gursky creates photographs that aim to render the most neutral perspective possible. Since the early 1990s, he has also used digital tools to construct large-format pictures that are studies in the myth of a neutral photography.

The Kunstmuseum Basel owns a representative group of works. With the exception of "Untitled III" (1996), all pictures date from the early years of the twenty-first century. They show subjects such as the crowds at the airport in Frankfurt or the Tokyo stock exchange, low-wage women workers in Vietnam or groundskeepers installing rolls of sod in the soccer stadium in Amsterdam—representative sites that allow Gursky to spotlight the mechanisms of our globalized society. Each picture is spellbinding, a cornucopia of fascinating detail; the juxtaposition of several works brings out the artist’s sustained engagement with multifaceted and complex thematic concerns.

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

Fuseli: Drama and Theatre
BASEL  •  Kunstmuseum  •  20 October 2018 - 10 February 2019
 
 

Thirteen years after the last major presentation of his work in Switzerland, at the Kunsthaus Zürich, the Kunstmuseum Basel mounts a comprehensive monographic exhibition of the work of Henry Fuseli, a native son of Zurich who rose to fame in Rome and London. One of the most inventive and unconventional innovators in late-eighteenth-century art, Fuseli stood on the threshold between classicism and nascent Romanticism. His oeuvre bears eloquent witness to the competing artistic paradigms in the waning decades of the Age of Enlightenment.

Fuseli styled himself as a painter of Dark Romanticism and «Gothic horror», and that aspect of his oeuvre is still most familiar to audiences today. Shifting the focus, the exhibition demonstrates that drama and theater were no less vital to his artistic vision: the erudite artist’s creations almost invariably draw on literary motifs, quoting ancient mythology, John Milton’s Paradise Lost, or the recently rediscovered Nibelungen saga. After his return from Rome to London in 1779, Shakespeare’s plays become another major source of motifs in his art, as his contributions to John Boydell’s Shakespeare Gallery illustrate.

Drama and Theater—the title captures the interest in the themes from literary and stage works chosen by Fuseli that animates the exhibition, but it also describes his dynamic compositions and constellations of characters and the «theatrical» devices that often enliven his depictions.



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



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