Len Lye (1901–1980), a native of Christchurch, New Zealand, was one of the most important experimental filmmakers of the 1930s to 1950s. At the same time, living initially in New Zealand and Australia, from 1926 in London and from 1944 in New York City, he created a fascinating body of work embracing all artistic disciplines large parts of which – including his kinetic sculptures – have yet to be discovered. The exhibition will showcase the work of Len Lye in all its variety and breadth, paying special attention to the relationships between the different media that he set in motion.
With the exhibition, «Tadeusz Kantor : Où sont les neiges d'antan», Museum Tinguely presents one of Poland’s most important theatre and visual artists of the 20th century with one of his expansive works for the stage. Tadeusz Kantor’s (1915-1990) independent underground theatre, devoted to the reality of everyday life and often critically concerned with Poland's suppressed history, is still influential for a young generation of theatre artists today. At Museum Tinguely, from 9. to 20. October, the exhibition Kantor’s show of objects, drawings, film- and photo documentation is accompanied by the Virtual Reality-simulation Cricoterie (2019), by Auriea Harvey & Michaël Samyn. Visitors are invited to be the hands directing a virtual stage filled with a cast of uncanny characters and props, inspired by Kantor’s Theatre of Death and simultaneously, the audience watches as things get out of hand.
From June 2019, Museum Tinguely and Centre Pompidou-Metz will present two parallel exhibitions devoted to the artist Rebecca Horn. In this way, the two institutions offer complementary insights into the work of an artist who is among the most extraordinary of her generation and some of whose creative output has yet to be discovered. The «Theatre of Metamorphoses» show in Metz explores the diverse theme of transformation from animist, surrealist and mechanistic perspectives, placing special emphasis on the role of film as a matrix within Horn’s work. In the «Body Fantasies» show in Basel, which combines early performative works and later kinetic sculpture to highlight lines of development within her oeuvre, the focus is on transformation processes of body and machine.
Lois Weinberger’s artistic research pioneered the linking of art, society, and nature. For documenta X in 1997, he planted a disused railway track with neophytes as a metaphor for processes of migration in our time. Debris Field is a poetico-archaeological research project, presenting ordinary and significant relics from several centuries of history found at his parents’ farm, part of Stams Abbey (Tyrol). They include a mummified cat with apotropaic powers (the ability to ward off evil) and single shoes from dead people preserved in an underfloor space.
With his films, photographs, and sculptures, Cyprien Gaillard (b. 1980, Paris) describes the imminence of a transformation and evokes the perpetual destruction, preservation, and reconstruction of urban spaces. He films archaeological ruins invaded by nature and exotic birds flying over a mutating European city, or describes the slow erosion of modernist utopias by recording the demolition of major architectural ensembles. Different realities and temporalities interlock in his work, giving rise to a harmonious ensemble of a singular beauty.
In preparation for its forthcoming exhibition «Amuse-bouche. The Taste of Art» (19 February to 17 May 2020), the Museum Tinguely is hosting an interdisciplinary symposium on the subject to be held on 5 and 6 April 2019.
Speakers of international renown from academia and the practice will provide exciting insights into the many different fields impacted by taste. The symposium will offer a veritable smorgasbord of perspectives on taste and food culture, ranging from physiology, biochemistry, food sensory science, psychology, anthropology and linguistics to literature, cultural studies, art history, the art of cooking and the fine arts. In addition to the papers, there will be some highly unusual tastings, including a dessert with iron ore prepared by the Michelin-starred Swiss chef Stefan Wiesner, a new project by the pioneer of Eat Art Daniel Spoerri, and an edible artistic intervention by the young Portuguese artist Marisa Benjamim.