An exhibition by Nick Mauss

Bizarre Silks, Private Imaginings and Narrative Facts, etc.

Installation view, Bizarre Silks, Private Imaginings and Narrative Facts, etc., an exhibition by Nick Mauss, Kunsthalle Basel, 2020. Photo: Philipp Hänger / Kunsthalle Basel

Installation view, Bizarre Silks, Private Imaginings and Narrative Facts, etc., an exhibition by Nick Mauss, view on video documentation of Ray Johnson’s artist book Ray Gives a Party, ca. 1955, Kunsthalle Basel, 2020. Photo: Philipp Hänger / Kunsthalle Basel

Installation view, Bizarre Silks, Private Imaginings and Narrative Facts, etc., an exhibition by Nick Mauss, view on Bea Schlingelhoff, Typeface dedicated to and named after Anne-Marie (Im Hof-)Piguet, 2018, Kunsthalle Basel, 2020. Photo: Philipp Hänger / Kunsthalle Basel

Installation view, Bizarre Silks, Private Imaginings and Narrative Facts, etc., an exhibition by Nick Mauss, view on Rosemary Mayer, Galla Placidia, 1973, Kunsthalle Basel, 2020. Photo: Philipp Hänger / Kunsthalle Basel

Installation view, Bizarre Silks, Private Imaginings and Narrative Facts, etc., an exhibition by Nick Mauss, view on Rosemary Mayer, Hypsipyle, 1973, Kunsthalle Basel, 2020. Photo: Philipp Hänger / Kunsthalle Basel

Installation view, Bizarre Silks, Private Imaginings and Narrative Facts, etc., an exhibition by Nick Mauss, view on (f.l.t.r.) Ketty La Rocca, Comma with 3 dots, 1970; Ketty La Rocca, J, 1970; Rosemary Mayer, Hypsipyle, 1973, Kunsthalle Basel, 2020. Photo: Philipp Hänger / Kunsthalle Basel

Installation view, Bizarre Silks, Private Imaginings and Narrative Facts, etc., an exhibition by Nick Mauss, view on (front) Georgia Sagri, Deep Cut, 2018, and (back) Ketty La Rocca, Comma with 3 dots, 1970, Kunsthalle Basel, 2020. Photo: Philipp Hänger / Kunsthalle Basel

Installation view, Bizarre Silks, Private Imaginings and Narrative Facts, etc., an exhibition by Nick Mauss, view on Konrad Klapheck, Liberté, amour, art, 1964, Kunsthalle Basel, 2020. Photo: Philipp Hänger / Kunsthalle Basel

Installation view, Bizarre Silks, Private Imaginings and Narrative Facts, etc., an exhibition by Nick Mauss, view on (f.l.t.r.) Konrad Klapheck, Liberté, amour, art, 1964; Georgia Sagri, Open Wound, 2018; Georgia Sagri, Fresh Bruise, 2018, Kunsthalle Basel, 2020. Photo: Philipp Hänger / Kunsthalle Basel

Installation view, Bizarre Silks, Private Imaginings and Narrative Facts, etc., an exhibition by Nick Mauss, Kunsthalle Basel, 2020. Photo: Philipp Hänger / Kunsthalle Basel

Installation view, Bizarre Silks, Private Imaginings and Narrative Facts, etc., an exhibition by Nick Mauss, view on bizarre silk fragments, Kunsthalle Basel, 2020. Photo: Philipp Hänger / Kunsthalle Basel

Installation view, Bizarre Silks, Private Imaginings and Narrative Facts, etc., an exhibition by Nick Mauss, view on Edward Owens, Private Imaginings and Narrative Facts, 1968–70, Kunsthalle Basel, 2020. Photo: Philipp Hänger / Kunsthalle Basel

Installation view, Bizarre Silks, Private Imaginings and Narrative Facts, etc., an exhibition by Nick Mauss, view on Hannah Höch, Ich bin ein armes Tier, 1959, Kunsthalle Basel, 2020. Photo: Philipp Hänger / Kunsthalle Basel

Installation view, Bizarre Silks, Private Imaginings and Narrative Facts, etc., an exhibition by Nick Mauss, view on (front) Robert Morris in Zusammenarbeit mit The Fabric Workshop, Philadelphia, Restless Sleepers/Atomic Shroud, 1981; (back left) Megan Francis Sullivan, Baigneur aux brax écartés, 1883, Collection Jasper Johns (Inverted), 2016; (back right) Megan Francis Sullivan, Cing Baigneuses, 1885–1887, Kunstmuseum Basel (Inverted), 2015, Kunsthalle Basel, 2020. Photo: Philipp Hänger / Kunsthalle Basel

Installation view, Bizarre Silks, Private Imaginings and Narrative Facts, etc., an exhibition by Nick Mauss, view on Megan Francis Sullivan, Study of Bathers, 1902, Private Collection (Inverted), 2017, Kunsthalle Basel, 2020. Photo: Philipp Hänger / Kunsthalle Basel

Installation view, Bizarre Silks, Private Imaginings and Narrative Facts, etc., an exhibition by Nick Mauss, view on Gretchen Bender, TV Text and Image (PEOPLE WITH AIDS), 1986–1993, Kunsthalle Basel, 2020. Photo: Philipp Hänger / Kunsthalle Basel

Installation view, Bizarre Silks, Private Imaginings and Narrative Facts, etc., an exhibition by Nick Mauss, view on (front) Nick Mauss, Tresholds, 2020, and (back) Rosemary Mayer, “reenactment” by Nick Mauss in collaboration with the Estate of Rosemary Mayer, February Ghosts (Monoceros, Auriga, and Orion), 1981/2020, Kunsthalle Basel, 2020. Photo: Philipp Hänger / Kunsthalle Basel

Installation view, Bizarre Silks, Private Imaginings and Narrative Facts, etc., an exhibition by Nick Mauss, view on (left) Ken Okiishi, Untitled, 2016, Kunsthalle Basel, 2020. Photo: Philipp Hänger / Kunsthalle Basel

Installation view, Bizarre Silks, Private Imaginings and Narrative Facts, etc., an exhibition by Nick Mauss, view on (front) Rosemary Mayer, “reenactment” by Nick Mauss in collaboration with the Estate of Rosemary Mayer, February Ghosts (Monoceros, Auriga, and Orion), 1981/2020, and (back) Nick Mauss, Tresholds, 2020, Kunsthalle Basel, 2020. Photo: Philipp Hänger / Kunsthalle Basel

Installation view, Bizarre Silks, Private Imaginings and Narrative Facts, etc., an exhibition by Nick Mauss, Kunsthalle Basel, 2020. Photo: Philipp Hänger / Kunsthalle Basel

Installation view, Bizarre Silks, Private Imaginings and Narrative Facts, etc., an exhibition by Nick Mauss, view on (front) Rosemary Mayer, “reenactment” by Nick Mauss in collaboration with the Estate of Rosemary Mayer, February Ghosts (Monoceros, Auriga, and Orion), 1981/2020, and (back) Anton Perich, Victor Hugo Rojas, 1978, Kunsthalle Basel, 2020. Photo: Philipp Hänger / Kunsthalle Basel

Nick Mauss, Untitled Study for Bizarre Silks, Private Imaginings and Narrative Facts, etc. at Kunsthalle Basel, 2018.

Exhibition text and related events (PDF)
➔ Press images (ZIP)

Artist Nick Mauss (* 1980) has repeatedly turned exhibition-making—the assembly of precisely staged relations—into an art form. He especially conceives the scenography for this show, which brings together and reframes works by contemporary and historical figures, emphasizing aspects of legibility, textility, fragility, and aggression across various media.

With Anonymous, Gretchen Bender, Felix Bernstein / Gabe Rubin, William S. Burroughs / Brion Gysin, James Ensor, Hannah Höch, Ray Johnson, Konrad Klapheck, Ketty La Rocca, Nick Mauss, Rosemary Mayer, Robert Morris, Ken Okiishi, Edward Owens, Anton Perich, Georgia Sagri, Bea Schlingelhoff, and Megan Francis Sullivan

Please note, the exhibition has been extended until 20 September 2020. Given the fragility or prior commitment of some artworks whose loans could not be extended, Nick Mauss has adapted the show for this new duration and imagined some changes: on 16 June 2020, the works Galla Placidia and Hypsipyle, both 1973, by Rosemary Mayer were exchanged for the video, Memory, La MaMa, 2014, by Felix Bernstein and Gabe Rubin, and a new piece by Nick Mauss entitled Untitled Banner, 2020. On August 18, 2020, the painting Liberté, amour, art, 1964, by Konrad Klapheck will be replaced by the etching Peste dessous, peste dessus, peste partout, 1904, by James Ensor.

Press clippings:
Birds of Paradise, Birds of Prey, NERO (7/2020)
Nick Mauss — Tumult im letzten Raum, Kunstbulletin (4/2020)
Nick Mauss “Bizarre Silks, Private Imaginings and Narrative Facts, etc.” Kunsthalle Basel, Flash Art (4/2020)
Nick MAUSS über „BIZARRE SEIDEN“ aus dem 17. und 18. Jahrhundert, Monopol (2/2020)
Die Kunsthalle schmeisst eine Party, Basellandschaftliche Zeitung (2/2020)
Am seidenen Faden, Basler Zeitung (2/2020)
Bizarre Silks, Private Imaginings and Narrative Facts, etc., RadioX (2/2020)


A film of the exhibition Bizarre Silks, Private Imaginings and Narrative Facts, etc. by Ken Okiishi, 2020