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Museum Tinguely, Basel presents BANG BANG

June 8–August 21, 2022

An exhibition project by Revolving Histories/Performance Chronik Basel and Museum Tinguely.

All summer long, Museum Tinguely will be celebrating performance art with BANG BANG—translocal hi:stories of performance art. At the heart of this process-oriented exhibition is the Swiss performance scene, its players, and its networks, accompagnied by a vibrant and ambitious international programme. The incredibly rich history of the medium will be presented in a unique kaleidoscope of video installations, performances, photos, and texts. BANG BANG will chart the development of performance art and redraw the contours of this constantly changing discipline. As a festival of performance art, BANG BANG is subdivided into seven thematic chapters, which on seven weekends will combine live performances, discussions, and presentations involving audiences, artists, scholars, and the museum. Ranging from the dazzling to the almost imperceptible, BANG BANG promises to be an unforgettable live experience at Museum Tinguely and the surrounding Solitude Park. It will run from June 8 to August 21, 2022, offering visitors multiple opportunities to discover performance art in all its myriad dimensions.

Temporary exhibitions and live events

Over time, the performance festival BANG BANG will explore seven topics which will function as a framework for the whole project. Each thematic chapter will seek to delineate the rhizome-like contours of an intrinsically elusive practice. Additionallythree temporary exhibitions will highlight three different artistic positions, inside a changing display within the main exhibition.

From Friday to Sunday, the topic of the moment will be explored through live performances, discussions and video screenings. As a prelude to all these activities, an international two-days symposium will discuss the different narratives around the beginnings of performance art, from June 9–10.

1. Saga (Looking back)
June 9–12, 2022
With performances by Paul Maheke, Gisela Hochuli, Davide-Christelle Sanvee, DARTS Collective/Claudia Grimm

2. Emancipation from the Medium (Aesthetic Practices, Hybridization)
June 17–19, 2022
With performances by Madison Bycroft, Leo Hofmann, Anne Sylvie Henchoz, Dorothea Rust, Myriam Ziehli, Rahel El-Maawi

3. On the Radical Equivalence of Experience (Choreopolitics, Queer)
June 24–26,  2022
With performances by Tarek Lahkrissi, Julia Geröcs & Gabriel Studerus, La Ribot Ensemble, Anne Käthi Wehrli

4. The Fleeting Act (Politics, Activism, Feminism)
July 1–3, 2022
With performances by Alex Baczynski-Jenkins, Darren Roshier, Claudia Barth with Trudi Barth, Ariane Andereggen

5. Social Elegance (Friendships, Scenes, Networks)
July 8–August 7, 2022
Various live events in collaboration with PANCH – Performance Art Netzwerk CH

6. Live Transmission (Situation, Reception)
August 12–14, 2022
With performances by Maria Hassabi, Dorothea Schürch & Bärbel Schwarz, Bruno Jakob & Hans Witschi, Birgit & Anatol Kempker

7. Freckly Night (Dazzling Moments between Past and Future) 
August 19–21, 2022
With performances by Esben Weile Kjaer, Les Reines Prochaines, Chris Regn, Evi Wiemer, Jean Cotter, Yan Duyvendak, Ntando Cele, Anne Rosset & Robert Alexander, Markus Goessi, Iris Ganz, Andrea Saemann

Event highlights

Summer party and opening: June 7, 6:30pm
Free admission, no booking required

Davide-Christelle Sanvee: June 11, 8:30pm
La Performance des performances

Madison Bycroft: June 18, 7:30pm
Dissolution: the Musical

Tarek Lakhrissi: June 25, 8pm

Sarina Scheidegger: July 2, 3–5pm
Collaborating Waters

Come and Show — Performance All Day Long: August 6, 11am–9pm

Maria Hassabi: August 13, 5pm

Esben Weile Kjær: August 20, 5pm

Les Reines Prochaines: August 20, 6pm
Never Ending Pirouettes

Curators: Lena Eriksson, Séverine Fromaigeat, Muda Mathis, Chris Regn, Andrea Saemann

Museum Tinguely
Paul Sacher-Anlage 1
CH-4002 Basel
Hours: Tuesday–Sunday 11am–6pm

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