Performance Process

New Swiss Performance Now


Sophie Jung, [@real, too] eh, co–?: “nah, cis. us!”, 2015. Photo: Philipp Hänger / Kunsthalle Basel


Claudia Comte, Tornado Kit, 2014. Photo: Stefan Altenburger


Raphael Hefti, Quick Fix Remix, 2015, (performance).


Mai-Thu Perret, Figures, 2014, (performance),  Angelic Sisters, Chiesa di San Paolo Converso, Milan, 2015.


Hannah Weinberger, installation view, On Seen, 2016, Freymond Guth Fine Arts, Basel, 2016.


Florian Graf, Ghost Light Light House, 2012, (still). Courtesy the artist and Grieder Contemporary


Jérôme Leuba, battlefield #54 / lovers, Casal Solleric, 2011. Courtesy the artist


Stefan Karrer, RUIN, 2016. Photo: Stefan Karrer


Romy Rüegger, I am the Wall, 2017, (performance), Performatik17, 2017. Photo: Romy Rüegger. Courtesy the artist.


Johannes Willi, I Like The Universe And The Anthropocene Likes Me, 2017. Foto: Flavia Mielnik


Ariane Koch & Sarina Scheidegger, 13, 2016. Photo: Kambiz Shafei


Balz Isler, In order to be, 2014, (performance), Kunsthaus Hamburg, 2014. Photo: Tim Heuss / Kunsthaus Hamburg


Ernestyna Orlowska, God Is A Girl, (performance), Stadtgalerie Bern, 2017. Photo: David Aebi


PRICE (Mathias Ringgenberg), Where Do You Wanna Go Today (Variation 3), (performance), 2017. Photo: Senta Simond


Marta Margnetti, installation view, Open House, view on, Mind the Gap, 2017, Schwob-Haus c/o Stadtgalerie Bern, 2017. Photo: Marta Margnetti


Oppressed by Privilege / Privileged by Oppression, Aufstand der Privilegierten, 2017, (performance), Ausstellungsraum Klingental, 2017. Photo: Zlatko Mićić


Steven Schoch, Kontemplativ Arbeiten, 2014, (performance), Kunst(Zeug)Haus, 2014. Photo: Andri Stadler


Garrett Nelson, Head Bimbo, 2017, (Performance), Lyles & King Gallery, New York, 2017. Courtesy the artist and Lyles & King Gallery, New York.


Antoine Bellini & Lou Masduraud, exhibition view, Coil interior, Hard Hat, 2017. © Quentin Lannes


Ramaya Tegegne, Version #6: Mike Kelley, 2014, (Performance), Forde, Geneva, 2014. Photo: Anaïs Defago


Lea Rüegg & Raphaela Grolimund, installation view, Wir über Kunst, 2016, Bachelor and Master Exhibition Institut Kunst HGK FHNW, Every Contact Leaves a Trace, Kunsthalle Basel, 2016. Photo: Christian Knörr


Poster for the exhibition, New Swiss Performance Now, Kunsthalle Basel, 2017. Design: Dan Solbach

Opening Thu, January 18, 7 pm

«Kunst der Stunde»: Performance ist angekommen, Basellandschaftliche Zeitung (09/2017)
Müde Supermänner zum Jubiläum, Telebasel (09/2017)

Im Labor, Basler Zeitung (09/2017)

Continuing its tradition of showcasing emerging artists, Kunsthalle Basel’s New Swiss Performance Now concentrates on a new generation of artists who use performance in their practice. Bringing together both artists regularly making performance art and visual artists who use the medium when it best expresses an idea, the show is conceived as a “live exhibition” in which no documentation, scripts, props, or other traces of performances will be exhibited. Instead, for one month, and within special opening hours, numerous performances and a vibrant program of ephemeral actions and events unfold on the upper floor of Kunsthalle Basel. Presenting newly commissioned and recent pieces that range from the spectacular to the almost imperceptible, the selected artists draw on techniques from theater, dance, installation, or film to make their fleeting, situation-oriented actions. Expanding on the incredibly rich history of performance art in Switzerland—so well documented and presented by this exceptional multi-institutional collaboration—Kunsthalle Basel’s program emphasizes the form’s vitality in the new and the now.

The exhibition’s duration is framed by two of Basel’s liveliest cultural events: It begins on January 19, 2018, with the 18th edition of Basel Museums Night (with more than thirty-five participating museums and institutions), and it ends with a grand finale on the night of February 18, 2018 and carries into the wee hours of February 19, when all of Basel turns off its lights at 4 am for the Morgestraich, the ritual beginning of carnival, the city’s own “collective performance.”

With Claudia Comte, Florian Graf, Raphael Hefti, Balz Isler, Florence Jung, Sophie Jung, Stefan Karrer, Ariane Koch & Sarina Scheidegger, Nils Amadeus Lange, Jérôme Leuba, Marta Margnetti, Lou Masduraud & Antoine Bellini, Garrett Nelson, Oppressed by Privilege / Privileged by Oppression, Ernestyna Orlowska, Mai-Thu Perret, PRICE (Mathias Ringgenberg), Lea Rüegg & Raphaela Grolimund, Romy Rüegger, Yves Scherer, Steven Schoch, Ramaya Tegegne, Hannah Weinberger, Johannes Willi. Find here the artists’ biographies.

Curated by Elena Filipovic and Renate Wagner.


18.1.2018, 7 pm
Opening New Swiss Performance Now

19./20.1.2018, 7 pm – 2 am
Performance night New Swiss Performance Now, part of Basel Museum Night 2018

20.1.-17.2.2018, special opening hours
Performance events of New Swiss Performance Now

26.1.2018, Program and schedule to be announced
Symposium PerformanceProcess Day 1 at Museum Tinguely

27.01.2018, Program and schedule to be announced
Symposium PerformanceProcess Day 2 at Kunsthalle Basel

18./19.2.2018, 7 pm – 2 am
Grand finale of New Swiss Performance Now

The exhibition New Swiss Performance Now is generously supported by Division of Cultural Affairs, Canton of Basel-Stadt, Jubiläumsstiftung der Schweizerischen Mobiliar Genossenschaft, and Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Arts Council.

Trailer PerformanceProcess – An Approach to Swiss Performance Art from 1960 to the Present