previews

  • “Piet Mondrian–Barnett Newman–Dan Flavin”

    Kunstmuseum Basel | Gegenwart
    St. Alban-Rheinweg 60
    September 8 - January 19

    Curated by Bernhard Mendes Bürgi

    Mondrian, Newman, Flavin: without a doubt, a sluggers’ row in the history of geometric abstraction. What happens, then, when all three are up to bat at once, as is the Kunstmuseum Basel’s game plan this fall? Organized by Bernhard Mendes Bürgi as a triad of self-contained presentations, this show hopes to scrutinize the material and theoretical specificities of each artist’s practice, while also drawing out such deeply shared aesthetic concerns as the redefinition of the functions of space, color, and line. The exhibition will include a total of nearly forty works, with a particular emphasis on mature production and, Flavin excepting, painting. With a surfeit of Light and Space priming the dialogue in New York this summer, could Basel’s heavyweight grouping prove to be the conversation’s main event?