To mark its 25th anniversary, this autumn the museum is ringing in the weekends with the new “Friday Beyeler” event series. From 16 September to 16 December 2022, the exhibitions, the park and the restaurant of the Fondation Beyeler will remain open until 10 p.m. on Fridays, welcoming all friends of the arts and inspiring encounters.
Under the title “I Hear a New World – 14 Miaows of the Future”, students and teaching artists from the Institute of Art Gender Nature at FHNW Academy of Art and Design in Basel transform the museum foyer into a creative platform for contemporary art, featuring live performances, films, talks as well as music, poetry and dance. Each Friday evening is designed as a micro-performance festival, bringing together different art forms and insights from a quarter of a century of the Fondation Beyeler to reflect on what we can appreciate and protect through art. The starting point for the performative explorations is a seemingly invisible passage underneath the Fondation Beyeler on whose grounds there was once a cat museum.
The “Friday Beyeler” events are included in the museum admission. The performances are ongoing and can be visited at any time.
Inspired by the former cat museum, which originally occupied the grounds of the Fondation Beyeler, “I Hear a New World – 14 Miaows of the Future” combines art, history, poetry, music, performance and dance. The program of the Institute Art Gender Nature focusses on the joint love for art and how art can provide individuals and communities with an experience of worlds more open and broader than our own everyday experiences. From Covid, to the ongoing wars, to the climate crisis– narratives and images of the impossible, narratives of narrow paths, smaller worlds and scarcity surround us. The Institute Art Gender Nature wants to address how art and artists activate creativity, fiction, and the possibility of imagining hopeful futures together. In this context, “to hear a new world” means to be open and receptive, to come together with the art works and artists, gaining a sense of togetherness and belonging that makes loneliness and anxiety fade into the background. The aim of the program is to provide us with a sense of life that is lighter allowing us first to dream, then to plan.
“I Hear a New World – 14 Miaows of the Future” will feature contributions by Phoenix Attala; Paloma Bosquê; Raffaela Boss; Noa und Lara Castro; Wren Cellier; Hana El-Sagini; Onome Ekeh; Gerome Gadient: Alma Herrmann; Charlotte Horn; Astrit Ismaili; Ana Jikia; Sophie Jung; Tobias Koch; Elise Lammer; Quinn Latimer; Floris Maniscalco: Claire Masset; Elena Matamoro; Laurie Mlodzik; Anina Müller; Ingo Niermann; Jacob Ott; Joan Pallé; Pauline Quartco; Filipa Ramos; Nadiia Rohozhyna; Nelson Schaub; Alessandro Schiattarella & Manuel Justo; Fabio Sonego; Hannah Weinberger and more.
The Institute Art Gender Nature is dedicated to visual arts education. We are a public institution with one hundred students spread across a three-year bachelor’s programme and a two-year master’s programme. Embracing nature and social justice lie at the core of our curricula. We further organise a varied schedule of events, including international symposia, a series of discursive events titled “Art Taaalkssss”, and an art commission programme open to the public. We understand the mission of art and artists as an essential contribution toward imagining and experiencing freedom and possible social futures. Friendly collaborations with foundations such as TBA21–Academy allow us to expand our aims and learn ways of understanding the oceans from activists and scientists.
Cats and Totalitarianism
OCTOBER 7, 2022, 6–10 P.M. | Inspired by the cat museum, which was originally located on the grounds of the Fondation Beyeler, this evening combines art and history. In a witty but also reflective way, the programme addresses the coexistence of humans with animals and nature, our understanding of community, as well as democracy and culture.
Announcing the Age of Receivership
OCTOBER 14, 2022, 6–10 P.M. | Many of us write more than we read. We listen less than we should. Much art has been conceived to make us trust ourselves and our instincts; even if you go wrong in your judgement, the natural growth of your inner life will gradually, over time, lead you to other insights. Art inhabits these realms.
OCTOBER 21, 2022, 6–10 P.M. | We are getting more sensitive toward traditional knowledge passed on from generation to generation. True. We seem to have abandoned the old ways and yet, from craft to magic, the forces of vernacular cultures, the words of our great and grandparents are once more resonating lively. Art has played a role in the resurrection of wisdoms.
Chaos Magic and the Cosmic Heart
OCTOBER 28, 2022, 6–10 P.M. | From mindfulness to magic, we humans love the very idea of rescue and escape. We know things are not that easy and still, we tend toward easy solutions. Why not? We are experiencing difficult times and need a night of magic.
Brightening Our Own Lighting Spot
NOVEMBER 4, 2022, 6–10 P.M. | Do you remember that feeling of having understood a complex theory and just a second later, that understanding escaped you? Why does everything have to be so complex and difficult to understand? Art brightens every theory of life. It creates a light in which for a second you understand everything.
The Poetry Hour
NOVEMBER 11, 2022, 6–10 P.M. | All feelings that return you to essentials and lift you up are pure. Poetry is pure. Our minds are exposed to an ocean of words through media, facts and information. All feelings that return you to essentials and lift you up are pure. That’s why we cherish a big return of poetry.
Rivers Jumping over Mountains
NOVEMBER 18, 2022, 6–10 P.M. | Some of us are rivers and some of us are mountains. Some are fluid and fully engaged with change, some prefer to be solid rocks to rely upon. Art and artists —unlike other forms of knowing the world— celebrate the co-existence of all things that form the landscape of togetherness.
The Night of Mixed Feelings
NOVEMBER 25, 2022, 6–10 P.M.| Moods should have their night too! Grumpy love, sceptical looks, awkwardness. How many times have you experienced that in a museum? Millions of mixed feelings have been mixed with love for art. Who mixes feelings and drinks better than artists?
Wars Must Come to an End
DECEMBER 2, 2022, 6–10 P.M. | A night of peace. Be self-possessed and quiet with a feeling of peace, with the idea we can gain it for all the living. There is not much we can do to avoid wars and yet we can seek some sincere and honest communion with the feeling of peace, love life in a strange guise in this feeling, and support those suffering its consequences who fear the solitude. We can be there for them.
Releasing All Your Powers
DECEMBER 9, 2022, 6–10 P.M. | Art releases all our powers and helps us to strengthen our consciousness and self-confidence. It helps us to understand who we are. As Rilke said: “Take the destiny upon yourself, and bear it, its burden and its greatness, without ever asking what reward might come from outside.”
Every End Brings New Beginnings
DECEMBER 16, 2022, 6–10 P.M. | Wir lieben Anfänge. Anfänge von Liebe, von Jahreszeiten, von neuem Interesse. Wie die Kunst haben Neuanfänge etwas Magisches. Was auch immer geschieht – meint zumindest die Kunst – das Leben wird seine eigenen Wege finden. Dass diese Wege gut, produktiv und erfolgreich sein mögen, wünschen wir Ihnen mehr, als wir es in Worte fassen kann.
Abendöffnung anlässlich der «Friday Beyeler»
Den Start ins Wochenende lässt sich am schönsten im «Beyeler Restaurant im Park» bei leckeren Cocktails und kulinarischen Köstlichkeiten geniessen. Denn dieses ist anlässlich der «Friday Beyeler» von Mitte September bis Mitte Dezember neu jeweils bis um 22 Uhr für Sie geöffnet.
In entspannter Atmosphäre können angesagte und klassische Cocktails sowie prickelnde Schaumweine aus der Region im behaglichen Kaminzimmer genossen werden. Komplementiert wird das Angebot von einer Auswahl eigens für diese Abende kreierten «sharing dishes» mit vegetarischen, veganen und carnivoren kleinen Gerichten. Zusammen mit dem facettenreichen Programm der «Friday Beyeler» im Museum, ist es die perfekte Gelegenheit für inspirierende Begegnungen und anregenden Austausch bei Kunst und Kulinarik.
Das «Beyeler Restaurant im Park» ist jeden Freitagabend zwischen dem 16. September bis 16. Dezember jeweils bis um 22 Uhr geöffnet.
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