Introduction

Installation view with works by Mark Rothko and Richard Serra
Installation view with works by Ellsworth Kelly and Tony Smith
Installation view with works by Wade Guyton
Installation view with a work by Olafur Eliasson
Installation view with works by Robert Ryman
Installation view with works by Agnes Martin
Santiago Sierra, 2000 Black Posters, Basel, Switzerland. October 2015–January 2016, Courtesy Santiago Sierra
Black Sun OCTOBER 4, 2015 – JANUARY 10, 2016

The exhibition  «Black Sun» is devoted to the lasting influence of Kazimir Malevich upon art right up to our own day. At the same time, it celebrates the 100th birthday of Malevich’s iconic Black Square. On show are works by 36 artists of the 20th and 21st century, representing the spheres of painting, sculpture, installation and film, as well as art in the public space. Major artworks illuminate the connections and tensions—at the level of both form and content—between Malevich’s Black Square and the art of the last 100 years.

Works from the following artists are on show: Josef Albers, Carl Andre, Alexander Calder, Olafur Eliasson, Dan Flavin, Lucio Fontana, Günther Förg, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Wade Guyton, Damien Hirst, Jenny Holzer, Donald Judd, Ilya und Emilia Kabakov, Wassily Kandinsky, On Kawara, Ellsworth Kelly, Yves Klein, Sol LeWitt, Agnes Martin, Piet Mondrian, Jonathan Monk, Barnett Newman, Palermo, Philippe Parreno, Sigmar Polke, Ad Reinhardt, Gerhard Richter, Mark Rothko, Robert Ryman, Richard Serra, Santiago Sierra, Tony Smith, Jean Tinguely, Rosemarie Trockel, Andy Warhol and Lawrence Weiner.

Reflecting upon the first presentation of his Black Square in 1915, Malevich wrote: «This was no ‘empty square’ which I had exhibited but rather the feeling of nonobjectivity.» Malevich thus became a pioneer of abstract art, which was also developing parallel to Suprematism in Western Europe during the first decades of the 20th century. In the 1950s the search for immateriality led to monochrome painting and in America to Color Field painting. Here, color became the central object of the artwork. Minimal art, with its geometric formal language and industrial manufacturing processes, was based on a desire to avoid all meaning. In Conceptual art, which emerged at the same time as minimalism, the idea behind an artwork is more important than its execution. Malevich’s Black Square has left its traces in Pop Art, too. Artists continue to engage with Malevich, by using or citing his vocabulary of colors and forms or building upon his achievements.

The exhibition «Black Sun» is supported by:
Ringier Collection, Switzerland

LIST OF WORKS

Josef Albers
Homage to the Square: Greek Island, 1967, Oil on fiberboard, Beyeler Collection

Carl Andre
8004 Mönchengladbach Square, 1968, Hot-rolled steel, 36 units, Raussmüller Collection, Basel

Alexander Calder
The Tree, 1966, Painted steel, Beyeler Collection

Olafur Eliasson
Remagine (Large Version), 2002, 12 Scheinwerfer, 12 Stative, 12 Stahlkonstruktionen zur Wandbefestigung, Steuerung, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Dauerleihgabe Stiftung KiCo

Dan Flavin
“Monument” 1 for V. Tatlin, 1964, Fluorescent light tubes (cool white), Raussmüller Collection, Basel

Lucio Fontana
Concetto spaziale, attese [Spatial Concept: Expectations], 1964, Dispersionsfarbe auf Leinwand, The Margherita Stein Collection

Concetto spaziale, natura [Spatial Concept: Nature], 1959/60, Terracotta, Fondation Beyeler Collection

Günther Förg
Untitled, 1989, Acrylic on lead on wood, Estate Günther Förg, Suisse

Felix Gonzalez-Torres
“Untitled” (We Don’t Remember), 1991, Print on paper, endless copies, 20,3 (at ideal height) x 73,7 x 58,4 cm, Sammlung Hoffmann, Berlin

Wade Guyton
Untitled, 2013, Epson UltraChrome K3 inkjet on linen, Courtesy Wade Guyton and Galerie Francesca Pia, Zürich

Untitled, 2007, Epson UltraChrome inkjet on linen, Collection of the artist

Untitled, 2007, Epson UltraChrome inkjet on linen, Collection of the artist

Damien Hirst
Black Sun, 2004, Flies and resin on canvas, Private collection, Courtesy White Cube

Jenny Holzer
Black -15-, 2008, Screen-print and oil on linen [Text: “Declassified U.S. Government Document”], Courtesy Sprüth Magers

Meticulous and Adaptable, 2013, Oil on linen [Text: “Declassified U.S. Government Document”], Courtesy Sprüth Magers

SECRET Page 3, 2014, Oil on linen [Text: “Declassified U.S. Government Document”], Collection John Cheim

Donald Judd
Untitled, 1987, Clear anodized aluminium, Courtesy Annemarie Verna Galerie, Zurich

Ilya and Emilia Kabakov
Suprima Missed by Malevich: The Black Corner, 2006, Oil on canvas, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov

Vassily Kandinsky
Improvisation 10, 1910, Oil on canvas, Beyeler Collection

Fuga (Fugue), 1914, Oil on canvas, Beyeler Collection

On Kawara
13 Jan. 1973, 1973, Acrylic on canvas, Collection Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven

July 4, 1973, 1973, Acrylic on canvas, Collection Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven

22. Okt. 1976, 1976, Acrylic on canvas, Private collection

Ellsworth Kelly
White Square, 1953, Oil on wood, Private collection

Black Square, 1953, Oil on wood, Private collection

Dark Gray with White Rectangle II, 1978, Oil on canvas, Beyeler Collection

Blue Black Red Green, 2000, Oil on canvas, Beyeler Collection

White Curves, 2001, Aluminum, coated with polyurethane, Beyeler Collection

Lake II, 2002, Oil on canvas, Beyeler Collection

Yves Klein
Monochrome bleu sans titre (IKB 4) [Blue Monochrome, Untitled (IKB 4)], 1961, Pigment in Kunstharz auf Panel, Private collection

Sol LeWitt
Cube, 1969, Gespritztes Eisenblech, Emanuel Hoffmann-Stiftung, Depositum in der Öffentlichen Kunstsammlung Basel

Wall Drawing #354, 1981, India ink wash, Raussmüller Collection, Basel

Agnes Martin
Earth II, 1959, Oil on canvas, Daros Collection, Switzerland

Flower in the Wind, 1963, Oil and pencil on canvas, Daros Collection, Switzerland

Untitled #11, 1981, Gesso, acrylic and graphite on canvas, Daros Collection, Switzerland

Piet Mondrian
Tableau No. I [Picture No. I], 1921–25, Oil on canvas, Beyeler Collection

Composition with Yellow and Blue, 1932, Oil on canvas, Beyeler Collection; purchased with a donation by Hartmann P. and Cécile Koechlin-Tanner, Riehen

Composition with Double Line and Blue, 1935, Oil on canvas, Beyeler Collection

Picture No. III (Lozenge Composition with Eight Lines and Red), 1938, Oil on canvas, Beyeler Collection

Jonathan Monk
From A to B and Back Again, 2003, 16 mm film, ed. 1/2, Loop, Daimler Art Collection, Stuttgart/Berlin

Barnett Newman
Genetic Moment, 1947, Oil on canvas, Beyeler Collection, Gift of Annelie Newman

Uriel, 1955, Oil on canvas, Private collection

Here II, 1965, Core-Ten Steel, Daros Collection, Switzerland

The Way II, 1969, Acrylic on canvas, Beyeler Collection

Palermo
Untitled, 1970, Oil on canvas on wood, Private collection

Himmelsrichtungen II [Cardinal Directions II], 1976, Acryl, Alkyd auf Aluminium, Aluminiumprofile, Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe

Blaues Dreieck [Blue Triangle], 1966, Kaseinfarbe oder Gouache auf Pressspanplatte, Private collection

Philippe Parreno
Marquee Beyeler, 2012, Glass, steel structure, 72 lightbulbs, 2 neon tubes, 4 solid drives, Fondation Beyeler Collection

Water Lilies, 2012, Wasserdichte Basslautsprecher, Plexiglasscheiben als Vibrationskörper, Verstärker, Tonquelle, Sammlung Fondation Beyeler

Sigmar Polke
Höhere Wesen befahlen: rechte obere Ecke schwarz malen! [Higher Beings Command: Paint the Upper Right Corner Black!], 1969, Lacquer paint on canvas, Sammlung Froehlich, Stuttgart

Moderne Kunst [Modern Art], 1968, Acrylic and lacquer paint on canvas, Sammlung Froehlich, Stuttgart

Ad Reinhardt
Abstract Painting, 1956, Oil on canvas, Private collection, Courtesy Hauser & Wirth

Gerhard Richter
Doppelgrau [Double Gray], 2014, Emailliertes Glas, Fondation Beyeler Collection

12 Scheiben (Reihe) [12 Panes (Row)], 2013, Glass and steel construction, Fondation Beyeler Collection

CR 913-32, 2010, Lacquer on back of glass, Private collection

CR 913-33, 2010, Lacquer on back of glass, Private collection

CR 913-34, 2010, Lacquer on back of glass, Private collection

CR 913-35, 2010, Lacquer on back of glass, Private collection

CR 913-36, 2010, Lacquer on back of glass, Private collection

CR 913-37, 2010, Lacquer on back of glass, Private collection

Birkenau, 2014, Oil on canvas, Private collection

Birkenau, 2014, Oil on canvas, Private collection

Birkenau, 2014, Oil on canvas, Private collection

Birkenau, 2014, Oil on canvas, Private collection

Mark Rothko
No. 18 (Brown and Black on Plum), 1958, Oil on canvas, Private collection

Blue and Gray, 1962, Oil on canvas, Beyeler Collection

Untitled (Red-Brown, Black, Green, Red), 1962, Oil on canvas, Beyeler Collection

Untitled (Plum and Dark Brown), 1964, Oil on canvas, Beyeler Collection

Untitled (Red, Orange), 1968, Oil on canvas, Beyeler Collection

Untitled, 1969, Acrylic on canvas, Private collection

Robert Ryman
Mayco, 1966, Oil (Winsor White) on canvas, Daros Collection, Switzerland

Unit, 1980, Oil and rust preventative paint on canvas, metal fasteners, Daros Collection, Switzerland

Sonet, 1981, Oil and rust preventative paint on canvas, metal fasteners, Daros Collection, Switzerland

Richard Serra
Cheever, 2009, Paintstick on handmade paper, Collection Richard Serra and Clara Weyergraf-Serra

Bisected Corner: Square, 2013, Weatherproof steel, Fondation Beyeler Collection

Santiago Sierra
2000 Black Posters, Basel, Switzerland. October 2015, Digital print, Courtesy Santiago Sierra

Tony Smith
Ten Elements, 1975–79, Aluminum, painted black, Fondation Hubert Looser, Zurich

Jean Tinguely
Métamorphose [Metamorphosis], 1956, Bemaltes Metall auf bemaltem Holz; rückseitig Gummiriemen, Holzräder, Metallhalterungen und Elektromotor, Sammlung Fondation Beyeler, Schenkung Collection Renard

Méta-Malevitch. Relief méta-mécanique [Meta-Malevich. Meta-mechanic relief], 1954, Black wooden box with seven rectangular metal elements, painted white; inside the box: wooden wheels, rubber belts, metal rods and electric motor, Museum Tinguely, Basel

Rosemarie Trockel
The Beauty and the Beast (Homage to Malevich), 1990, Strickbild, Wolle auf Keilrahmen, Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, Vaduz / Erworben mit Mitteln der Lampadia Stiftung, Vaduz

Andy Warhol
Black and White Disaster #4 [5 Deaths 17 Times in Black and White], 1963, Acrylic, screen-printing ink and pencil on canvas, Kunstmuseum Basel

Lawrence Weiner 
PLACED AT AN ANGLE THAT ALLOWS THE ASSUMPTION OF AN OBLIQUE POSITION WITHIN A HORIZONTAL CONTEXT, 1999, Language and the materials referred to, Collection of Alice Zimmerman Weiner

A 36" X 36" REMOVAL TO THE LATHING OR SUPPORT WALL OF PLASTER OR WALLBOARD FROM A WALL, 1968, Language and the materials referred to, The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Seth Siegelaub and the Stichting Egress Foundation, Amsterdam, 2010

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