14 Rooms

14 Rooms 14 - 22 Juin, Messe Basel Halle 3

For '14 Rooms' curators Klaus Biesenbach and Hans Ulrich Obrist invited international artists to each activate a room, exploring the relationship between space, time and physicality with an artwork whose 'material' is the human being. Giving visitors an insight into a more performative and interactive practice, visitors will encounter a new situation within each of the 14 rooms, engaging in a diverse series of immersive and intimate experiences. '14 Rooms' will feature works by artists including Marina Abramović, Allora and Calzadilla, Ed Atkins, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Damien Hirst, Joan Jonas, Laura Lima, Bruce Nauman, Otobong Nkanga, Roman Ondák, Yoko Ono, Tino Sehgal, Santiago Sierra, and Xu Zhen. Additionally, two more works by Jordan Wolfson and John Baldessari are featured around the spectacular architectural environment conceived by Herzog & de Meuron – one acting as an epilogue, the other as archival documentation. Both challenge the very notions of live art and the human experience as set out for '14 Rooms'.


With an overall exhibition design by Herzog & de Meuron, 14 Rooms is a collaboration between Fondation Beyeler, Art Basel and Theater Basel. The exhibition in Basel has been made possible with the support of UBS, Swisslos Kanton Basel-Stadt, Swisslos Kanton Basel-Landschaft, and private patrons.

Originally commissioned as 11 Rooms by Manchester International Festival, the International Arts Festival RUHRTRIENNALE 2012-2014 and Manchester Art Gallery, the project was shown as 11 Rooms at Manchester International Festival in July 2011, as 12 Rooms at the International Arts Festival RUHRTRIENNALE 2012-2014 and as 13 Rooms by Kaldor Public Art Projects at Pier 2/3 in Sydney’s Walsh Bay in April 2013. For each edition, the artists list partially changed.

Opening Times

Saturday, June 14 to Sunday, June 22, 2014.
Daily from 10am to 7pm, apart from Monday, June 15, 2014, from 10am to 5pm.
Hall 3 of Messe Basel in walking distance from Messeplatz.


Day Ticket (return entry): CHF 18
Reduced Day Ticket for Students/Seniors: CHF 12
Combination Ticket (available to purchase onsite only): CHF 55
Groups of 10 people or more: CHF 15 per person
Admission is free for guided school classes and for children up to 16, when accompanied by a parent.

To order group tickets please contact groups@messe.ch.
Tickets to 14 Rooms can be purchased at the show venue or through 14rooms.net starting from end of April.