Boris Nikitin, The Last Reality Show, Überwachungskamera, 2023 ​​​​​​​© Boris Nikitin, Foto: Boris Nikitin

Boris Nikitin, Erste Staffel. 20 Jahre Grosser Bruder, surveillance camera
Stage design: David Hohmann, Staatstheater Nürnberg, 2020
© photo: Boris Nikitin

The Last Reality Show
Boris Nikitin

6 December 2023 - 21 January 2024

Big Brother was the first reality show to be aired simultaneously on television and the internet. The container was a democratic utopia, dystopia and work of popular Conceptual Art rolled into one: an auto-surveillance system, a permanently auto-updating ready-made, a paradoxical authenticity machine. To mark the twentieth anniversary of the first season of Big Brother in Germany, the Basel-based artist and theatre director Boris Nikitin has created a replica of the container. The container is empty, its inhabitants having long since left. As a historical artefact, it stands there deserted, like a lonely relic.

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Delphine Reist, Cartouches, 2020 © Delphine Reist, photo : Emmanuel Watteau

Delphine Reist, Cartouches, 2020 © Delphine Reist, photo: Emmanuel Watteau

Delphine Reist
ÖL [oil, olio, huile]

18 October 2023 – 14 January 2024 

Work structures the life of the individual and society as a whole. In Reist’s art, things take on a life of their own, offering their views on the movement and rhythm of production, or speaking of efficiency and exhaustion: suddenly noisy drills, leaky printers, window blinds controlled by an invisible hand. At Museum Tinguely, the Geneva-based artist presents works that refer directly or indirectly to oil as an energy source, painting material and lubricant, as well as to its fluid physical properties.

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Playgroudn aktuell vorschau

Temitayo Ogunbiyi, You will follow the Rhein and compose play, 2023, Museum Tinguely

Temitayo Ogunbiyi
You will follow the Rhein and compose play

18 October 2023 – 14 January 2024
Playground installation in Solitude Park from 21 May 2023

For the first time in Switzerland, Museum Tinguely presents a two-part project by Temitayo Ogunbiyi (born 1984), an artist based in Lagos, Nigeria. Since May, a work from Ogunbiyi’s Playground series has been installed in Solitude Park, a structure that invites people of all ages to move and interact socially while addressing issues including global networking, cultural exchange, migration and our treatment of the environment. In a playful presentation, the exhibition then offers a comprehensive overview of Ogunbiyi’s practice, featuring works made since 2016 as well as objects made specifically for the show, including musical instruments and works inspired by her research in Basel.

The exhibition is created in collaboration with Culturescapes 2023 Sahara, which focuses on the Saharan space as the one where reconnecting and reimagining Africa is possible.


Roger Ballen, Headless 2006 © courtesy Roger Ballen

Roger Ballen, Headless, 2006 © courtesy Roger Ballen

Roger Ballen
Call of the Void

(Danse macabre No. VIII)
19 April 2023 – 29 October 2023

Roger Ballen (*1950, New York lives in Johannesburg) is one of the most influential and important photographic artists of the 21st century. His strange and extreme works confront the viewers and challenge them to come with him on a journey into their own minds as he explores the deeper recesses of his own. Through the 1990s, he developed a photographic style he describes as Ballenesque. Over the past decade, Ballen has created powerful artworks in which the line between fantasy and reality becomes increasingly blurred. He employs drawings, painting, collage and sculptural techniques to create elaborate sets – the perfect match to Tinguely’s Dance of Death, as the show will be shown in close proximity to this work.

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Janet Cardiff & George Bures Miller, Opera for a Small Room (detail), 2005, mixed media installation with sound, 2.6 x 3 x 4.5m. Photo: Seber Ugarte, Lorena López © 2022 courtesy the artist Luhring Augustine Gallery

Janet Cardiff & George Bures Miller, Opera for a Small Room, 2005 © 2023 courtesy the artists, Luhring Augustine, New York, Gallery Koyanagi, Tokyo and Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, photo: Seber Ugarte, Lorena López

Janet Cardiff & George Bures Miller
Dream Machines

7 June – 24 September 2023

The Canadian artist duo Janet Cardiff & George Bures Miller creates installations that activate all the senses. They transport us into poetic, dreamlike worlds driven by the love of storytelling and discovery.  Their works are homages to cultural practices steeped in tradition – like cinema, theatre, radio plays and music-making. The exhibition at Museum Tinguely offers a comprehensive overview of the duo's work from their first interactive soundscapes to their most recent immersive – and dystopian – spatial installations.

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Rolf Julius, Musik für die Augen, 1982, installation view Galerie Thomas Bernard, Paris 2015 © Estate Rolf Julius / Xippas / 2022 ProLitteris, Zurich, photo: Rebecca Fanuele

Rolf Julius, Musik für die Augen, 1982
Installation view at Galerie Thomas Bernard, Paris 2015
© Estate Rolf Julius / Xippas/ 2023  ProLitteris, Zurich, photo: Rebecca Fanuele

À bruit secret
Hearing in Art

22 February – 14 May 2023

What does the River Rhine in Basel actually sound like? Can voices or the din of the city be used as visual or sculptural material? How have jungle noises changed over the past few years? Can sound waves be registered other than through the ears? Museum Tinguely’s series on the human senses in art continues with an array of auditory encounters with the known and unknown soundscapes of this earth. The group exhibition will showcase works in various media from the Baroque period to the present.

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SoundTrieb performing Walking, Pilatus, October 2022.

SoundTrieb performing Walking, Pilatus, October 2022.

Staring at the Bin — Swiss Edition

by Meriel Price, curated by Isabel Piniella Grillet, performed by SoundTrieb

22 February – 26 March 2023

In dialogue with the exhibition À bruit secret, the artist and composer Meriel Price presents a video series of subtle and fleeting miniature performances in public space. Viewers are witnesses to a choreographed, anarchistic infiltration of surveillance that unfolds acoustically as well as performatively.

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