previews

  • Long-Tail Elephant

    Kunsthalle Bern
    Helvetiaplatz 1
    September 5–October 18, 1998

    A year after the crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators in Tiananmen Square and the emigration of some of China’s most progressive cultural forces, four Canton-based artists—Liang Ju Hui, Xu Tan, Chen Shao Xiong, and Lin Yilin—began a collaborative project under the name “Long-Tail Elephant.” Organizing clandestine exhibitions and staging art actions throughout Canton, their “unofficial” work quickly became an underground phenomenon. Viewers in Europe will get a first glimpse of “Long-Tail Elephant” at the Kunsthalle Bern, where the artists plan to present collective and individual works in a variety of media: video, sculptural objects, performance, and a site-specific intervention. The show is curated by Kunsthalle director Bernhard Fibicher.

  • Artists' Dialogues—Resonances: Josef and Anni Albers

    Kunstmuseum Bern
    Hodlerstrasse 12
    November 6, 1998–January 31, 1999

    Though Josef Albers is best remembered for passing on Bauhaus principles to an illustrious roster of students in the US, it is less known that his own art was closely connected with that of his wife, Anni. As part of a series dedicated to artist couples, the Kunstmuseum will present a range of the Albers’ work, as well as the pre-Columbian sculptures and textiles Anni collected. Organized by Josef Helfenstein and Henriette Mentha, the show will also take advantage of the Kunstmuseum’s Paul Klee Foundation to look at the influence the couple’s eminent Bauhaus instructor had on the duo. A catalogue featuring texts by five leading Albers scholars is being published on the occasion of the show.