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NEW SWISS PERFORMANCE NOW

Kunsthalle Basel
Through February 18, 2018

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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 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.

with Claudia Comte, Florian Graf, Raphael Hefti, Balz Isler, Florence Jung, Sophie Jung, Stefan Karrer, Ariane Koch & Sarina Scheidegger, Nils Amadeus Lange, Jérôme Leuba, Marta Margnetti, Lou Masduraud & Antoine Bellini, Garrett Nelson, Oppressed by Privilege / Privileged by Oppression, Ernestyna Orlowska, Mai-Thu Perret, PRICE (Mathias Ringgenberg), Lea Rüegg & Raphaela Grolimund, Romy Rüegger, Yves Scherer, Steven Schoch, Ramaya Tegegne, Hannah Weinberger, Johannes Willi
Curated by Elena Filipovic and Renate Wagner

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Raphael Hefti, We are not one way trip to mars people, 2018, New Swiss Performance Now, Kunsthalle Basel, 2018. Foto / Photo: Dominik Asche / Kunsthalle Basel 
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PRICE (Mathias Ringgenberg), Where Do You Wanna Go Today (Variations), 2017, New Swiss Performance Now, Kunsthalle Basel, 2018. Foto / Photo: Kunsthalle Basel 
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Claudia Comte, Hot Saw - Electric Power, 2018, New Swiss Performance Now, Kunsthalle Basel, 2018. Foto / Photo: Dominik Asche / Kunsthalle Basel 
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Ernestyna Orlowska, God Is a Girl, Extended Version: Night Time Is the Right Time, 2018, New Swiss Performance Now, Kunsthalle Basel, 2018. Photo: Dominik Asche / Kunsthalle Basel 
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Balz Isler, untold but seen, 2018, New Swiss Performance Now, Kunsthalle Basel, 2018. Photo: Kunsthalle Basel 
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Lea Rüegg & Raphaela Grolimund, reich und schön und kunst, episode 1-3, 2018, New Swiss Performance Now, Kunsthalle Basel, 2018. Photo: Dominik Asche / Kunsthalle Basel 
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Steinenberg 7, CH-4051 Basel / Tel +41 61 206 99 00 / info@kunsthallebasel.ch / www.kunsthallebasel.ch / Yves Scherer, Nail Care, 2018, New Swiss Performance Now, Kunsthalle Basel, 2018. Foto / Photo: Dominik Asche / Kunsthalle Basel 
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Nils Amadeus Lange, Despicable, 2018, Photo: James Bantone 
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