Cultural Institutions

der TANK

Institut Kunst, FHNW Academy of Art and Design, Campus of the Arts, Basel

Campus der Künste, Freilager-Platz, Basel

der TANK is the exhibition
 space of the Art Institute at the FHNW Academy of Art and Design on the Campus of the Arts at Dreispitz, Basel.

A glass cube at the core of the campus, the enclosed openness of der 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.


Contacts & Details
Sat, Sun 2pm – 6pm
During Art Basel:
Wed – Sun 2pm – 7pm
and by appointment
Mon – Fri
T: +41 61 228 4077
W: der TANK

Campus der Künste, Freilager-Platz, Basel

Past Exhibitions
Annette Barcelo: Live Your Transformation
Curated by Chus Martínez, the exhibition at der TANK, is the first institutional solo exhibition of the Basel-based artist in decades.
10 Jun 2023 - 18 Jun 2023
der TANK
Peter Klein: Blumen blühen, wo bist du?
"Blumen blühen, wo bist du?" constitutes Peter Klein’s first institutional exhibition in Switzerland and one of his first shows in many years.
10 Jun 2022 - 19 Jun 2022
der TANK
Taloi Havini: Answer to the Call
Time and space made a pact thanks to this sound piece to celebrate a presence beyond histories.
12 Sep 2021 - 26 Sep 2021
der TANK
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