Kunstkredit Basel-Stadt

Picture a Vacuum!

Manuel Scheiwiller, YBDG, 2021, Videostill, Courtesy of YBDG

Pável Aguilar, FUGA, 2020, Photo: Christian Knörr

Franziska Baumgartner, Tidal, 2020, Photo: David Aebi

Franziska Furter, Banner / Bowie, Banner / Plath, Banner / De Beauvoir, Banner / Borges, Banner / Borges Suicide, 2020, Courtesy of Lullin + Ferrari, Zürich & the artist.

Chantal Küng, Untitled, 2021, Aquarell auf Papier, 35 × 36.5 cm

Barbara Maria Meyer, E-04, 2021, Öl auf Leinwand, 172 × 135 cm, Photo: Moritz Schermbach

Katrin Niedermeier, Steffi Walking Non-Stop, 2021

Emanuel Rossetti, Streets, 2019–2020, 24 digitale C-Prints auf Fuji Crystal Archive Papier, gerahmt, 81.5 × 122 cm, Courtesy of Jan Kaps, Köln & the artist, Photo: Paul Schöpfer.

A vacuum is a result of the absence of matter in an airless space. But a vacuum may also be felt, for example in situations in which our accustomed scope for action is lacking. Titled Picture a Vacuum! the Kunstkredit Basel-Stadt Annual Exhibition 2021 reflects on the many different strategies that artists adopt to record or reconstruct vacuum-like states in the present. Eight positions will be on show, all of which the Kunstkredit Commission singled out for one of its 2020 grants. The works are about acoustic silence and resonance, landscapes and urban spaces devoid of humans, gaps in our own powers of perception, omissions in the historical record, and the lack of diversity in gender roles on the web. So unexpected and abundant are the approaches showcased here that suction becomes productive.

With Pável Aguilar, Franziska Baumgartner, Franziska Furter, Chantal Küng, Barbara Maria Meyer, Katrin Niedermeier, Emanuel Rossetti and Manuel Scheiwiller

The exhibition is curated by Eva-Maria Knüsel.