Sissel Tolaas, The FEAR of smell – the smell of FEAR, 2006 bis heute © Foto: Sissel Tolaas

Belle Haleine – The scent of art

 February 11 - May 17, 2015

How does art smell? What happens when our nose suddenly plays the principal role in the experiencing of art? For the first time, the exhibition places the sense of smell at the focus of our aesthetic perception. Scents evoke emotions, memories and associations that are subjectively and culturally shaped to varying degrees. A certain scent attracts us or repels us. The use of olfactory stimuli in art often occurs subversively and breaks many taboos. Odors provoke. Internationally renowned artists make use of this circumstance and in doing so deal with the big issues of our present day and society. The exhibition shows works and installations by, among others, M. Duchamp, D. Roth, E. Ruscha, V. Soares, S. Tolaas. A scent cinema and a diverse interdisciplinary supporting program complete the show.

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Haroon Mirza/hrm199 Ltd.

 June 10 - September 6, 2015

Haroon Mirza creates atmospheric installations featuring sound and video out of found objects, technical commodities, or vintage sound systems. His pleasure and joy in experimenting brings the familiar into new, constantly developing and transforming contexts. The biggest solo exhibition up to now will present the full spectrum of his artistic work with new and well-known works.

Haroon Mirza, The System, 2014. IMMA, Courtesy the artist, Irish Museum of Modern Art and Lisson Gallery. Foto: Davey Moore

Ben Vautier, © Foto: Benoît Barbagli

Ben Vautier: Is everything art?

 October 21, 2015 - January 24, 2016

Ben Vautier has been a presence in language and art as an artist, performer, organizer, and inventor since the late 1950s. He is among the pioneers of Fluxus in Europe and was a close colleague of artists at the École de Nice – César, Arman, Yves Klein, and others. He is known for his textual images, which, with single words or short, concise sentences, trigger contemplation or smiles. His performance – he calls them "Gestes" – often move in a social and political discourse which, in recent times, he is also continuing with his Internet radio station and his newsletter. Museum Tinguely is dedicating to Ben Vautier, who celebrates his eightieth birthday in summer 2015, his first comprehensive retrospective in Switzerland.