Alex Bag with Patterson Beckwith, Cash from Chaos/Unicorns and Rainbows, 1993–96, still from a TV show for public access cable, New York. Alex Bag.


Alex Bag

Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst
Limmatstrasse 270
May 28–August 14

Curated by Raphael Gygax

“I tend to be idealistic about ideas of the responsibility of the artist,” Alex Bag once told me, but the pleasure principle in her videos can be so very high, it’s easy to forget that she’s a satirist and that satire is finally moral. Art school–educated, inspired by Situationism and punk rock, Bag applies her paradoxical connoisseurship of television and the movies to subverting the society of the spectacle. This show will brings together twenty years of work in various formats, including the notorious and hard-to-find TV program, made with Patterson Beckwith, Cash from Chaos/Unicorns and Rainbows (1993–96). It was only two years back that Bag had her first solo museum presentation, at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York; now, when she gets a retrospective, it’s in Europe. Prophets are rarely recognized in their own lands.