Eva Aeppli, Impasse Ronsin, Paris, 1957. Photo: Hansjörg Stoecklin

Eva Aeppli

June 6 - November 1, 2015

Museum Tinguely, Basel commemorates the artist Eva Aeppli, who passed away on May 4, 2015, with a presentation of works and photos. Aeppli, who grew up in Basel, created from the 1950s an oeuvre that is characterized by great intensity, and in which she traced the depths of the human psyche. Her creations are charcoal drawings, large-format paintings, fabric figures, and bronze heads, along with joint sculptures with Jean Tinguely, with whom she went to Paris in 1952 and to whom she was married until 1961. Aeppli resided from the 1950s onward in France, ultimately in Honfleur (Normandy), where she passed away shortly after her 90th birthday. Museum Tinguely is showing, from June 6 until November 1, 2015, two large-format paintings, a group of fabric figures, nine bronze heads, and numerous photographs by the artist.

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Haroon Mirza/hrm199 Ltd.

 June 10 - September 6, 2015

The sound, light and media installations by Haroon Mirza appeal to our sense of vision as well as our sense of hearing and create unique immersive experiences. His mostly site-specific installations also present a multi-layered dialogue with other artists and between the materials themselves which include audio equipment, LEDs, solar panels, found footage and works by other artists. The largest Mirza exhibition to date will include existing work as well as several new creations, thus showing Mirza's work in all its diversity. As an exploration of the theoretical question: how far a solo exhibition is inherently also always a group exhibition, 'Haroon Mirza/hrm 199 Ltd.' focuses on the collaborative practices of the artist and the various forms of his co-operation.

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Ben Vautier: Is everything art?

 October 21, 2015 - January 17, 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.