Exposed Exhibitions – Fotoarchiv der Kunsthalle Basel

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Installation view, Exposed Exhibitions – Fotoarchiv der Kunsthalle Basel, Kunsthalle Basel, 2017.
Photo: Philipp Hänger / Kunsthalle Basel

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Werner von Mutzenbecher, installation view, Kunsthallefilm II / 2017, 2017, Exposed Exhibitions – Fotoarchiv der Kunsthalle Basel, Kunsthalle Basel, 2017. Photo: Philipp Hänger / Kunsthalle Basel

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Detail view of selected archival material “Archeology of Rooms,” Exposed Exhibitions – Fotoarchiv der Kunsthalle Basel, Kunsthalle Basel, 2017. Photo: Philipp Hänger / Kunsthalle Basel

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Esther Hunziker, installation view, Hall, 2017, Exposed Exhibitions – Fotoarchiv der Kunsthalle Basel, Kunsthalle Basel, 2017. Photo: Philipp Hänger / Kunsthalle Basel

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Detail view of selected archival material “Archeology of Rooms,” Exposed Exhibitions – Fotoarchiv der Kunsthalle Basel, Kunsthalle Basel, 2017. Foto: Philipp Hänger / Kunsthalle Basel

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Raoul Müller, installation view, Forget it, 2013-2017 (front) and selected archival material “Archeology of Rooms” (back), Exposed Exhibitions – Fotoarchiv der Kunsthalle Basel, Kunsthalle Basel, 2017. Foto: Philipp Hänger / Kunsthalle Basel

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Cécile Hummel, installation view, Distant Glance, 2017, Exposed Exhibitions – Fotoarchiv der Kunsthalle Basel, Kunsthalle Basel, 2017. Photo: Philipp Hänger / Kunsthalle Basel

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Doris Lasch and Astrid Seme, installation view, The imaginary museum, 2017, Exposed Exhibitons – Fotoarchiv der Kunsthalle Basel, Kunsthalle Basel, 2017. Photo: Philipp Hänger / Kunsthalle Basel

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Installation view of selected archival material “Contac Sheets,” Exposed Exhibitions – Fotoarchiv der Kunsthalle Basel, Kunsthalle Basel, 2017. Photo: Philipp Hänger / Kunsthalle Basel

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Detail view of selected archival material “Contact Sheets,” Exposed Exhibitions – Fotoarchiv der Kunsthalle Basel, Kunsthalle Basel, 2017. Photo: Philipp Hänger / Kunsthalle Basel

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Opening, Die neue amerikanische Malerei, Kunsthalle Basel, 1958. Photo: Peter Moeschlin / Photo Archive Kunsthalle Basel

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Jean-Christophe Ammann, former director of Kunsthalle Basel, 1980. Photo: Christian Baur /Photo Archive Kunsthalle Basel

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Installation of the exhibition, Carl Burckhardt, Kunsthalle Basel, 1978. © Photo Archive Kunsthalle Basel

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Installation view, Impressionisten, with Claude Monet’s Nymphéas (1914-26), Kunsthalle Basel, 1949. © Photo Archive Kunsthalle Basel

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Poster for the exhibition, Exposed Exhibitions – Fotoarchiv der Kunsthalle Basel, Kunsthalle Basel, 2017. Design: Paula Pfau

Exhibition text and related events (PDF)
Press Images (ZIP)

145 Jahre Basler Kulturgeschichte: Die Kunsthalle lässt tief in ihr Fotoarchiv blicken, barfi.ch (09/2017)
Gästebuch der Extraklasse, Basler Zeitung (09/2017)
Alte Fotos werden zu neuen Kunstwerken, Telebasel (09/2017)
Entnommen dem Fluss der Zeit – Exposed Exhibitions in der Kunsthalle Basel, Radio X (10/2017)
Exposed Exhibitions – Rückschau muss nach vorn weisen, Kunstbulletin (11/2017)


The photo archive of Kunsthalle Basel testifies to more than 100 years of exhibition-making at the institution through nearly 25,000 photographs, a selection of which is exposed to the light again. With their new artworks, Cécile Hummel, Esther Hunziker, Doris Lasch & Astrid Seme, Raoul Müller, and Werner von Mutzenbecher reflect on the complexity of the archive and the institution’s long history of exhibiting the now.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An exceptional exhibition in an exceptional institution with an exceptional photo archive deserves an exceptional video portrait. We asked the creative minds of Adam Csoka Keller and Evelyn Bencicova (6th Finger Studio) to take inspiration from our exhibition Exposed Exhibitions – Fotoarchiv der Kunsthalle Basel and make a short film that would both represent it and act as an independent object based on their interpretations of it.