Camille Graeser Lectures 2019: Exhibition and Archive Histories

(1) GOYA – Gemälde, Zeichnungen, Graphik, Tapisserien, Kunsthalle Basel, 1953. Photo: Jeck, Basel (2) Vincent Fecteau, You Have Did the Right Thing When You Put That Skylight In, Kunsthalle Basel, 2015. Photo: Philipp Hänger

(1) Kunst und Naturform, Kunsthalle Basel, 1958. Photo: Willi Eidenbenz
(2) A Tooth for an Eye, Kunsthalle Basel, 2018. Photo: Dominik Asche

(1) Michael E. Smith, Kunsthalle Basel, 2018. Photo: Philipp Hänger (2) Gedächtnisausstellung Hans Sandreuter, Kunsthalle Basel, 1902

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)

2–2:20 pm
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

2:20–3:20 pm
Bruce Altshuler
Exhibition History, Institutional Archives, and the Museum, keynote lecture, in English

3:20–4:20 pm
Felix Thürlemann
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 [1944] as a Reprise of the Kunsthalle Basel Exhibition konstruktivisten [1937]), lecture, in German

4:20–4:45 pm
Coffee Break

4:45–5:45 pm
Nora Fiechter
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

5:45–6:45 pm
Adam Szymczyk
Für Veränderungen aller Art …. Kunsthalle Basel as Open Space , lecture, in English

6:45–7 pm
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.