previews

  • “Marina Pinsky: Dyed Channel”

    Kunsthalle Basel
    Steinenberg 7
    January 22 - April 10

    Curated by Elena Filipovic

    Marina Pinsky has quickly become known for material explorations that often enmesh photography and sculpture. For her first major institutional exhibition, Pinsky will train her eye on the host city itself, surveying Basel’s history as a capital of the chemical industry—from its aniline-dye factories in the mid-nineteenth century to its current gaggle of corporate pharmaceutical residents (e.g., Roche). Sprawling across the kunsthalle’s ground floor, the show will feature newly made work, including a commissioned installation of two dozen large-scale sculptures in the form of resin blister packs, each containing ten handmade ceramic pills emblazoned with renderings of starchitect buildings commissioned by Basel’s Big Pharma. In light of the recent plague of thoughtless abstraction, such an attentive approach to culture is just what the doctor ordered.