Basel - Exhibition

Identify your limitations, acknowledge the periphery


11 Jun 201720 Aug 2017

The group exhibition presents site-specific works by 28 selected international artists that focus on the topic of limitation, boundaries, encasement, entrapment as well as instruction-based practice. In doing that, they give the vitrine a special attention, studying it as an exhibition tool, a case, a medium used  to create distance between the art work or object it is protecting and its viewer. The ability of the vitrine to shielding something from the viewer and thereby forming a wunderkammer, is of special interest of the artists displayed.

Architecture plays a fundamental role, as the exhibition space is becoming an element of the show, due to the fact that the exhibition is viewable 24/7 through the glass from the outside public square. Thus, the viewer itself becomes part of the discourse, being able to move around the works, looking at them from the outside but being able to enter the exhibition place and thereby overcoming the boundaries of the vitrine glass.

Thereby, the artists together with visitors break-out from the rules and limitations of a gallery space which creates a special bond between them and the art works on display.

  • Suzanne Mooney, There Are Exceptations, 2017. Image courtesy of the artist and VITRINESuzanne Mooney, There Are Exceptations, 2017. Image courtesy of the artist and VITRINE

Related Artists


Alys Williams

Chris Bayley

Special Events

Destination: Basel
Where: Vitrine
Type: Opening
Admission: Free

Opening reception

Contacts & Details


Williams Alys, Murray Katherine

M: W: Vitrine
Volta Zentrum – Vogesenplatz 15 Basel, Ch-4056 Switzerland