Fondation Beyeler — Summer Show

© philippe parreno, "membrane," 2023

Fondation Beyeler
Until August 11

For the first time in the Fondation Beyeler’s more than 25-year history, the entire museum and its surrounding park will be transformed into the site of an experimental presentation of contemporary art for their summer show. The presentation will feature contributions by Michael Armitage, Anne Boyer, Federico Campagna, Ian Cheng, Chuquimamani-Condori and Joshua Chuquimia Crampton, Marlene Dumas, Frida Escobedo, Peter Fischli, Cyprien Gaillard with Victor Man, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Wade Guyton, Carsten Höller with Adam Haar, Pierre Huyghe, Arthur Jafa, Koo Jeong A, Dozie Kanu, Cildo Meireles, Jota Mombaça, Fujiko Nakaya, Alice Notley, Precious Okoyomon, Philippe Parreno, Rachel Rose, Tino Sehgal, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Ramdane Touhami, and Adrián Villar Rojas.

Developed by Sam Keller, Mouna Mekouar, Isabela Mora, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Precious Okoyomon,
Philippe Parreno, and Tino Sehgal in close collaboration with the participants, the exhibition aspires to
stimulate artistic freedom, interdisciplinary exchange, and collective responsibility. The approach, as stated
by Philippe Parreno and Precious Okoyomon, acknowledges “the complexities and uncertainties involved in
bringing artists together, yet it also embraces these entanglements as integral to the creative process.” The
show is envisioned as “a dynamic rather than static proposal, an evolving ontological project that mirrors the
complexity and diversity inherent in bringing together distinct artistic voices under one umbrella.”
As the show has been conceived as a living organism that changes and transforms, participants have contributed their thinking on every phase of the making of an exhibition—from its conception, elaboration, and production to its
creation and presentation. In particular, Tino Sehgal has been invited to create transforming display
features for the overall presentation, especially extending to works from the in-house collection.

The list of participants features artists, poets, architects, musicians, composers, philosophers, and
scientists. They each have been welcomed to transform Fondation Beyeler, extending across the galleries,
gardens, terraces, and ancillary spaces, such as the box office, green room, shop, foyer, and winter garden.
The public will rediscover the existing gallery spaces in an unexpected way and explore spaces that they
are not familiar with. Turning up at different times, visitors will have different experiences within the same
spaces. Multiple temporalities will overlap through exhibition displays, social spaces, performances,
concerts, poetry readings, talks, and community activities, encouraging multiple visits by offering return
tickets. The labyrinth-like exhibition architecture invites audiences to explore the show in different ways.

Connections and interrelationships between individual works are developed in close dialogue with the
artists. This exchange also extends to works from the Fondation Beyeler collection, which has been made
available to the artists as a resource and forms an integral part of the exhibition. Alongside the temporary
art projects, works by artists including Louise Bourgeois, Paul Klee, Claude Monet, and Vincent Van Gogh
will be on display.