Institut Kunst Der Tank
Campus of the Arts Basel, FHNW Academy of Art and Design.
Contacts & Details
Der TANK is the Art Institute’s exhibition space on the Campus of the Arts in Dreispitz, Basel. It is a glass cube found at the core of a campus which the eleven institutes of the Academy of Art and Design FHNW share with other institutions like HEK (House of Electronic Arts), Atelier Mondial, a residency program, and Radio X, an independent radio station.
The enclosed openness of the TANK acts as a metaphor for the Institute as a whole, its name also referring to our salmon emblem. The Rhine, found at the heart of Basel, was once the largest salmon-bearing river in Europe. A mere century ago, millions of the fish could be found in the river and its tributaries. Hatched in the fresh water of the Swiss Alps, the salmon would travel all the way to the ocean waters near Greenland only to return several years later to their birthplace in the mountain’s rivers to reproduce. Only since 1991, after a tumultuous century of cultural and industrial transformation affecting the river, has the salmon population and its habits been reinstated in the Rhine. Our Institute reflects this return to teeming life in a city renowned for its art historical importance.
Der TANK is host to art practices that are just a little different from those found in traditional project spaces or art institution exhibition galleries. It also provides an opportunity to reflect differently on art practice today, providing a place for meditations on future notions of technology, life, materials, and commonality. The space hosts exhibitions commissioned by the Art Institute. In addition to The Commissions, the Institute activates the space to display its activities, be it the outcome of a seminar or a workshop – which we call The Exhibited Classroom – or further projects, turning der TANK in The Students’ Kingdom.
Special Opening Hours during Art Basel: Jun 14 – 16, 2017 from 4pm to 8pm, Jun 17 – 18, 2017 from 2 to 6pm, and on request
Hanes Sturzenegger, Show, 2015
Exhibition view Mx. World. On the Million Genders of the Real / Es world. A reality with a thousand generations, Kunsthalle Basel. Photo: Nici Jost.