Isa Genzken

Works from 1973 to 1983

Gegenwart / 05.09.2020–24.01.2021 / Curator: Søren Grammel






Isa Genzken is widely recognized as one of the most important living artists. Her body of work has inspired and challenged generations of artists.

The exhibition at the Kunstmuseum Basel | Gegenwart and Neubau is dedicated to the artist’s early oeuvre. The exhibition opens with works from her time as a student at the Düsseldorf Academy of Fine Arts (1973–1977) and details the evolution of her art up to 1983. The works shown include sculptures, computer printouts, extensive series of drawings, photographs and films.

The artist blends conceptual approaches with personal themes. Many works that initially seem to be exercises in geometric abstraction prove upon closer examination to be traces of her own existence, telling stories of personal relationships and the vagaries of desire. Her work during this period also responds to minimalism and conceptual art, two dominant approaches in America and Western Europe at the time. Genzken insistently plays with basic forms and materials that dominate the architectural and social spaces around us. Yet the exhibition also reveals how she continually raises questions concerning the very nature of human existence.








The exhibition is supported by:

  • Peter und Irene Ludwig Stiftung
  • Trafina Privatbank AG
  • Isaac Dreyfus Bernheim Stiftung
  • Stiftung für das Kunstmuseum Basel
  • FONDS FÜR KÜNSTLERISCHE AKTIVITÄTEN IM MUSEUM FÜR GEGENWARTSKUNST DER EMANUEL HOFFMANN-STIFTUNG UND DER CHRISTOPH MERIAN STIFTUNG

Events for this exhibition

Sun25Oct

Gegenwart
14:00–15:00

Führung in der Ausstellung "Isa Genzken. Werke von 1973 bis 1983"

Kosten: Eintritt + CHF 5

Sun1Nov

Gegenwart
14:00–15:00

Führung in der Ausstellung "Isa Genzken. Werke von 1973 bis 1983"

Kosten: Eintritt + CHF 5

Wed4Nov

Gegenwart
16:45–17:45

Kuratorinnenführung

Führung in der Ausstellung "Isa Genzken. Werke von 1973 bis 1983" mit der Assistenzkuratorin Sarah Wiesendanger. Kosten: Eintritt + CHF 5

Sun8Nov

Gegenwart
13:00–14:00

Guided Tour in English "Isa Genzken. Works from 1973 until 1983"

Costs: Entry + CHF 5

 

Gegenwart
14:00–15:00

Führung in der Ausstellung "Isa Genzken. Werke von 1973 bis 1983"

Kosten: Eintritt + CHF 5