For its 2017 Summer Night’s Gala, the Fondation Beyeler has invited the internationally renowned Swiss artist Pipilotti Rist to devise a new large video installation. Parts of this remarkable work, titled Tender Roundelay, will also be on public display from midday to 6 pm on Sunday, 17 September 2017.
The artistic concept by Pipilotti Rist for the Summer Night’s Gala at the Fondation Beyeler is supported by the Rolls-Royce Art Programme.
The Fondation Beyeler has enjoyed a long association with Pipilotti Rist, whose art has featured in several thematic exhibitions at the museum, such as the widely acclaimed EROS in Modern Art in 2007.
In the mid-1980s and early 1990s, Pipilotti Rist won international recognition with the famous single-channel videos I’m Not The Girl Who Misses Much (1986) and Pickelporno (Pimple Porno, 1992). Her work been shown in numerous individual and group exhibitions, including the Venice Biennale in 1997 and 2005, and she now ranks as one of the world’s foremost video artists. She is currently working on a major solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia in Sydney, which will open on 1 November this year.
Pipilotti Rist’s project for the 2017 Summer Night’s Gala will be a veritable feast of the senses. Kaleidoscopic projections will immerse the guests and the entire setting – the furnishings, the plates and glasses, the food and drink – in a monumental light installation, calculated with meticulous precision to create a plethora of continually varying impressions. From her inexhaustible archive of visual material, the artist has compiled a four-hour video of motifs comprising close-up images of nature, the human body, and historic dining rooms. The result is a highly imaginative and ingenious choreography, tailored to the requirements of the evening. The guests, invited to sit, eat, talk, stand and recline, will be caressed by light in its whole spectrum of intensity and temperature.
The Fondation Beyeler has been holding its annual Summer Night’s Gala since 2011. Each year, an artist is invited to devise a general concept for the benefit event, which takes place in September. This poses an unusual challenge to the artist, extending from the design of the invitation to the entire staging of the evening, including the dress code and the choice of food and music. For most artists, developing an artistic concept in which guests eat, drink and amuse themselves is a rare experience. And, conversely, the guests at an event such as the Summer Night’s Gala rarely have the opportunity to become participants in an art project.
The Summer Night’s Gala, an occasion unique in Europe, a cross between an exhibition and an event extending over a day and an evening. Artists such as Jennifer Rubell, Ernesto Neto, Tobias Rehberger, Marina Abramovic, Olafur Eliasson and Maurizio Cattelan have contributed to the Gala in the past. This is the third time, after the installations by Marina Abramovic and Maurizio Cattelan, that the project has been accessible to the public.
On Sunday, 17 September 2017, the installation Tender Roundelay by Pipilotti Rist is open to all the museum’s visitors from midday to 6 pm. The partnership with Rolls-Royce has made it possible for this highly complex work to be seen and experienced at a daytime Public Picnic, as well as by the guests at the Summer Night’s Gala.
Pipilotti Rist describes her project with the following words: “My work Tender Roundelay – roundelay is an old English word for round dance – is a voyage of discovery and an experiment to explore if and how the moving electronic image can also unite people when often it separates us or forces a group to look in only one direction. This question has long concerned me, for the sun is our biggest projector and our eyes are blood-driven cameras.”
The Fondation Beyeler is a museum of modern and contemporary art founded in 1997 by the art collectors and gallery owners Ernst and Hildy Beyeler. The collection includes over 300 post-Impressionist, Classical Modern, and contemporary works as well as ethnographic art from Africa, Alaska, and Oceania. The museum building in the idyllic Berower Park was designed by the Italian architect Renzo Piano. Over 6.5 million people from all over the world have visited the Fondation Beyeler since it opened. With between 300,000 and 400,000 visitors a year, it is the most visited art museum in Switzerland. It shows three to four temporary exhibitions a year that are devoted to pioneering artists or art movements, for example, Pablo Picasso, Paul Cézanne, Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Odilon Redon, Henri Matisse, Paul Gauguin, Alberto Giacometti, Alexander Calder, as well as Dalí, Miró and the Surrealism, Gerhard Richter, Jeff Koons, Marlene Dumas, Richard Serra, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Jenny Holzer, Fischli/Weiss, Roni Horn, Wolfgang Tillmans, and Andy Warhol. The Fondation Beyeler also offers an extensive programme of art education and events, with guided tours, workshops, concerts, readings, and multilingual art historical publications.
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