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Bettina Pousttchi – Basel Time – Facade of Exhibition Hall 1
Art | 41 | Basel – Public Art Projects
For the first time in the history of Art Basel, the building where the art show is held will be turned into an exhibition surface. This June the Berlin-based artist Bettina Pousttchi (b. 1971) will show her photo installation Basel Time (2010) on its facade. In the last few months the artist has gained attention for her critically acclaimed work Echo, a nearly 2000 square meter public photo installation covering the entire facade of Temporäre Kunsthalle in Berlin. It transformed the temporary art institution into a phantom Palace of the Republic. Bettina Pousttchi's new work Basel Time creates a 15 x 19 metre visual echo of the public clock over the main entrance of the Basel fair building (Hall 2) on the face of another fair building (Hall 1).
As in a déjà-vu Bettina Pousttchi doubles this famous clock in her digitally altered photograph to trigger questions about public memory, the historical function of clocks on official buildings and the temporary aspect of architecture. Although still generally considered to be expressions of timelessness, architecture and urban structures have become markers of the temporary. Addressing the role of what Pousttchi calls 'collective image memory,' pertinent to the work is the fact that Hall 1 will be demolished in a few months to make way for a new building by Herzog & de Meuron.
'The blurring in my photo works opens up a space of possibility of the imaginary. In this visual uncertainty lies the question of what reality is, if and how it is depicted, and how we perceive it.' (Bettina Pousttchi)
The catalogue "Echo Berlin" about the installation Echo will be released on Friday, 18 June 2010, in connection with the Art Basel Weekend Activities. The catalogue will be published by Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König with texts by Diedrich Diederichsen, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Markus Miessen, Esther Ruelfs, Angela Rosenberg, Tom McCarthy and the artist.
Bettina Pousttchi participated in the Biennale in Venice in 2003 and 2009. Last year her works were exhibited at the Kunstverein Hannover, the Kunsthalle Mainz, the Kunstmuseum Thun and the Kunstmuseum St. Gallen. This year her work will be shown at the Lewis Glucksmann Gallery in Cork, Ireland, and the Pori Art Museum in Pori, Finland.
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Basel Time, 2010
15 x 19 m