Basel - Exhibition

Joëlle Tuerlinckx: Nothing for Eternity

Kunstmuseum Basel | Gegenwart

15 Oct 201626 Feb 2017

The Kunstmuseum Basel | Gegenwart presents a solo exhibition of work by Joëlle Tuerlinckx. The artist, who was born in Brussels in 1958, has undertaken an extensive examination of the museum and the surrounding urban fabric, creating numerous new pieces that will take up the entire ground-floor gallery. The display includes a series of circular assemblages made out of materials such as paper, fabric, plastics, paint, and acrylic glass; the disc-shaped constructs appear scattered across the gallery floor. The motifs derive from Tuerlinckx’s notes and integrate found objects gleaned in her day-to-day life: the gold-colored aluminum lamination of an ordinary cake board, for example, is transformed in the exhibition into a colorful circle measuring more than thirteen feet in diameter that invites the viewer to contemplate the meanings of gold, money, color, and value.

Tuerlinckx’s art is based on a sustained and time-consuming engagement with simple things; for three decades, she has gathered found items or articles of daily use that crossed her path and methodically collected them in a comprehensive archive. These objects have inspired her to reflect on what it means to be a human being—they are, to use the artist’s term, elements of the real. Her work grows out of the observation, experimental application, and, as she calls it, transcription of these elements: a kind of (re)reading that seeks to strip them of their ostensible banality and comprehend and show them for what they truly are. To this end, Tuerlinckx employs a wide range of sculptural and painterly approaches, including the manufacture of replicas and the translation of objects into different materials. She plays with shifts of scale and alterations of surface textures, which she manipulates with techniques like colorizing or scanning and reprinting.

For her exhibitions, the artist arranges wall-mounted and freestanding objects, drawings and collages, glass display cases and book series, films, videos and slide projections. Her polyphonic and speculative ensembles, which often comprise a large number of individual components, combine an exploration of questions in art with philosophical inquiries into issues such as the essence of time, place, and language and their interrelations.

Curated by Søren Grammel, the exhibition at the Kunstmuseum Basel is Joëlle Tuerlinckx’s first major show at a museum in the German-speaking world.

The exhibition is sponsored by the Fonds für künstlerische Aktivitäten im Museum für Gegenwartskunst der Emanuel Hoffmann-Stiftung und der Christoph Merian Stiftung.

  • Installation view, Joëlle Tuerlinckx, Nothing for Eternity, 2016. Photo: Gina FollyInstallation view, Joëlle Tuerlinckx, Nothing for Eternity, 2016. Photo: Gina Folly
  • Installation view, Joëlle Tuerlinckx, Nothing for Eternity, 2016. Photo: Gina FollyInstallation view, Joëlle Tuerlinckx, Nothing for Eternity, 2016. Photo: Gina Folly
  • Installation view, Joëlle Tuerlinckx, Nothing for Eternity, 2016. Photo: Gina FollyInstallation view, Joëlle Tuerlinckx, Nothing for Eternity, 2016. Photo: Gina Folly

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Curators

Søren Grammel

Contacts & Details

OPENING:
tue, wed, thu, fri, sat, sun 11:00 am - 6:00 pm

CLOSING DAYS:
mon

ADMISSION:
Ticket; Free every Tue, Wed, Fri, and Sat from 5pm to 6pm and on the first Sunday of every month from 10am to 6pm.

ESTABLISHED:
1980

OWNER/DIRECTOR:
Dr. Josef Helfenstein


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