In his spectacular stage piece Coucou Bazar, Dubuffet combined painting, sculpture, theatre, dance and music into a unique, multimedia work of art. This »animated painting« marks the climax not just of the L’Hourloupe cycle but of Dubuffet’s entire oeuvre. During the performance, the various costumed figures interacted continuously with each other and with the scenery, so that the presentation took on the form of a metamorphic figural landscape. Altogether 60 of these costumes and pieces of set are on display at the Fondation Beyeler—only rarely have the elements of Coucou Bazar been exhibited in public on this scale. Dubuffet’s large stage show was produced just three times: in 1973 in New York and Paris, and in 1978 in Turin. This last staging was documented in a film that can also be seen as part of this exhibition. For conservation reasons, Coucou Bazar can no longer be enacted in its entirety. The only two costumes that may still be animated are brought to life by professional performers on Wednesdays and Sundays during the exhibition.
Coucou Bazar live performances
Wednesday, February 3, until Sunday, May 8, 2016
On the occasion of the exhibition »Jean Dubuffet« figures from Dubuffet’s extraordinary stage spectacle Coucou Bazar come to life in the exhibition space.
Every Wednesday at 3 and 5 p.m. NEW: Every Saturday, 2 pm Every Sunday at 2 and 4 p.m.
Event is included in museum admission.
The performances are generously supported by the Foundation Heinz Spoerli and the Friends of the Fondation Beyeler, and in particular by:
Heinz Spoerli Dorette Gloor-Krayer Michael und Ursula La Roche
On the occasion of the exhibition "Jean Dubuffet" two figures of Dubuffet's unique stage spectacle Coucou Bazar are being brought to life on Wednesdays 3/5 pm, Sundays 2/4 pm from now also on Saturdays 2pm.
The performance is included in the museum admission price.