What can archives reveal about an institution’s exhibitions? Its publics? Even art history more broadly? This afternoon-long symposium devoted to exhibition and archive histories takes as its starting point the vast holdings of the Kunsthalle Basel Photo Archive, containing photographic documentation of more than one hundred years of its exhibitions. This gathering of international speakers and specialists on Saturday, November 9, 2019, 2–7 pm, explores several periods in the institution’s history, loosely connected to the directors whose visions defined their respective eras. But the implications of these lectures stretch far beyond one localized institutional context and serve as illustrative case studies about exhibition histories and archives at large, as well as close art historical readings of several modern art movements.
Program (entrance is free)
Introductions: Elena Filipovic, Director of Kunsthalle Basel, in English; Roman Kurzmeyer, Board Member of the Camille Graeser Stiftung, in German; Sören Schmeling, Head of Photo Archive of Kunsthalle Basel, in German
Exhibition History, Institutional Archives, and the Museum, keynote lecture, in English
Zwei Titel, zwei Kataloge, zwei Ausstellungen: konkrete kunst (1944) in der Kunsthalle Basel als Reprise von konstruktivisten (1937) (Eng. Two Titles, Two Catalogues, Two Exhibitions: konkrete kunst  as a Reprise of the Kunsthalle Basel Exhibition konstruktivisten ), lecture, in German
Kunst am Puls der Zeit ausstellen. Arnold Rüdlinger und der Abstrakte Expressionismus (Eng. Exhibiting Art at the Pulse of Time: Arnold Rüdlinger and Abstract Expressionism), lecture, in German
Für Veränderungen aller Art …. Kunsthalle Basel as Open Space , lecture, in English
Closing remarks: Elena Filipovic, Director of Kunsthalle Basel, in English
There will be time for questions after each lecture.
The symposium is given in the context of the Camille Graeser Lectures, named for the Swiss artist Camille Graeser (1892–1980), whose foundation has been among those that have kindly provided support for the digitalization of the Photo Archive of Kunsthalle Basel; in this case it also supports the scholarly research made public through this event.