Ungestalt brings together a subjective ensemble of newly commissioned and existing pieces
of drawing, photography, sculpture, textile, and video by fifteen artists and one artistic duo, each of whom has responded to their moment with works characterized by a tantalizing,
yet unnerving, volatility. In its amorphous excess, the show also poses the question: How can an exhibition itself become subject to
a certain degree of unforming? One answer is: through some abdication of control. Accord- ingly, Florence Jung, known for her various acts of artistic evasion in which rumors or audience sequestration or counterfeit items replace
art, was invited to exert her influence upon the exhibition. Her (possible) interventions into every aspect of the show’s preparation, presen- tation, and communication constitute her artwork, the details of which will remain con- fidential. Her imperceptible, incommunica-
ble influence undoes the exhibition just as the shifting humidity levels and the rot wafting
in the air subtly outmaneuver curatorial con- trol, rendering a show that is not quite govern- able, not quite containable, not quite able to itself achieve Gestalt.
Artists: Caroline Achaintre, Olga Balema, Joachim Bandau, Trisha Donnelly, Marcel Duchamp, Michaela Eichwald, Florence Jung, Eric N. Mack, Liz Magor, Park Mcarthur, Pakui Hardware, Nathalie Perrin, Tomo Savić-Gecan, Lucie Stahl, Alina Szapocznikow, Adrián Villar Rojas
Venue: Kunsthalle Basel
Exhibition Title: Ungestalt
Curated by: Elena Filipovic
Date: May 19 – August 13, 2017
Phography by Philipp Hänger.
Text (press release) and images provided by Kunsthalle Basel.