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 oeuvre, which continues to inspire and challenge younger generations of artists, straddles the boundaries of disciplines such as sculpture, installation, architecture, photography, film, and painting.

The exhibition at the Kunstmuseum Basel turns the spotlight on the outstanding creative practice that Isa Genzken devised in the first decade of her career. Internationally acclaimed solo exhibitions have presented surveys of key tendencies in Genzken’s oeuvre or showcased spectacular new productions. The show at the Kunstmuseum Basel, by contrast, undertakes a comprehensive examination of her output between 1973 and 1983. It was during this time that she created the “Ellipsoids” and “Hyperbolos”; the largest-ever gathering of works from these sculptural series will be center stage in our exhibition.

A second focus will be on Genzken’s computer printouts on continuous paper, some in very large formats. These series, which played a vital role in the development of the “Ellipsoids” and “Hyperbolos,” are also of eminent artistic value in themselves. They will be complemented by several graphic series whose line patterns first probed the elegantly curved horizontal shape that the artist subsequently translated into the abovementioned sculptures. Other works from the same decade to be presented include the early film “Zwei Frauen im Gefecht” (1974) and conceptual photographic series such as the so-called Hi-Fis (1979).The bodies of work selected for the exhibition draw attention to the influence of conceptual and post-minimalist approaches on Genzken’s early work.








The exhibition is supported by:

  • 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

Fri4Sep

Neubau, Gegenwart
10:00–20:00

Opening Day of the Exhibition Isa Genzken

Instead of a public vernissage, we kindly invite you to visit the exhibition.

Sun6Sep

Gegenwart
14:00–15:00

Führung in der Ausstellung

Isa Genzken. Werke 1973-1983. Kosten: Eintritt + CHF 5

Sun13Sep

Gegenwart
13:00–14:00

Führung in der Ausstellung

Isa Genzken. Werke 1973-1983. Kosten: Eintritt + CHF 5

 

Gegenwart
13:00–14:00

Guided tour in english

Isa Genzken. Works 1973-1983. Costs: Entry + CHF 5

Sun20Sep

Gegenwart
14:00–15:00

Führung in der Ausstellung

Isa Genzken. Werke 1973-1983. Kosten: Eintritt + CHF 5

Sun27Sep

Gegenwart
14:00–15:00

Führung in der Ausstellung

Isa Genzken Werke 1973-1983. Kosten: Eintritt + CHF 5

Sun4Oct

Gegenwart
14:00–15:00

Führung in der Ausstellung

Isa Genzken. Werke 1973-1983. Kosten: Eintritt + CHF 5

Sun11Oct

Gegenwart
13:00–14:00

Guided tour in english

Isa Genzken. Works 1973-1983. Costs: Entry + CHF 5

 

Gegenwart
14:00–15:00

Führung in der Ausstellung

Isa Genzken. Werke 1973-1983. Kosten: Eintritt + CHF 5