Culture under one roof
Kunsthalle Basel and S AM Schweizerisches Architekturmuseum are united not only by a common roof but also by their mutual enthusiasm for art, culture, and society. They combine contemporary artistic positions with current architecture and urban development topics.
The next tandem tour will take place on Sunday, the 7. April 2024!
On Sunday, the 5. November 2023, the two institutions showed their most diverse sides. While the exhibitions at Kunsthalle Basel by Phung-Tien Phan and Diego Marcon dealt with role models and the uncanny, S AM presented the brand new SAY Swiss Architecture Yearbook.
On Sunday, the 27. August 2023, the focus was on the perception of bodies and spaces. While the spatial installations in P. Staff’s exhibition triggered strong physical reactions, the video works shown in the Homo Urbanus series by Bêka & Lemoine took on an observational role.
On Sunday, the 12. October 2023, the joint tour through both institutions was about different cultural impacts in arts and architecture. After exploring the overwhelming worlds full of avatars, Buddhist symbols, and questions about the (digital) self, all created by LuYang in a very special pictorial language inspired by Chinese and Japanese pop culture, the tour continued at S AM Schweizerisches Architekturmuseum. The exhibition Make Do With Now focused on Japanese architecture and showed how a new generation is developing ecological, critical, and social approaches to space.
On Sunday, the 23. October 2022, a joint tour of Kunsthalle Basel and the S AM Schweizerisches Architekturmuseum was about buildings, their future, and their past. While Daniel Turner’s exhibition focused on the memory of materials, the show Die Schweiz: Ein Abriss dealt with our current handling of buildings and their sustainability.
On Sunday, the 21. August 2022, in a joint tour of the two institutions, the works of the Kenyan-born artist Michael Armitage were viewed with a particular focus on materiality, to subsequently walk through the exhibition Napoli Super Modern with a sharpened eye. Two worlds, two points of view, two perspectives met within one tour.
On Thursday, 30. September 2021, we explored the group exhibition INFORMATION (Today), which investigates twenty-first-century data-based capitalism and its manifestations in encrypted networks, digital currencies, artificial intelligence, and various other phenomena that define our everyday lives from the background. Subsequently, these difficult-to-decipher digital mechanisms have been juxtaposed with the architectural mock-up, a 1:1 scale model of a facade or other part of a building that tests and demonstrates a design element.
On Sunday, 29. August 2021, the works of Detroit-born artist Matthew Angelo Harrison were explored, followed by a discussion on the mock-up and its significance in architecture and public space.