During Art Basel, Schaulager will be on the Exhibition Square — right at the centre of the action. For two weeks, before and during the fair, the ‘Schaulager Satellite’, a temporary pavilion by architects Herzog & de Meuron, will showcase the institution and its work to the public. ...more
Schaulager, located in Münchenstein, will not be open to visitors until the middle of the year. Alongside the extension of the storage space to accommodate the growing collection of the Emanuel Hoffmann Foundation, the research and teaching infrastructure is being expanded: the library is being extended and new work stations and seminar rooms are being created for researchers and students. The two exhibition floors are not affected by the building work.
During this construction phase, Schaulager is taking the opportunity to introduce the institution and its work behind the scenes in the ‘Schaulager Satellite’. With four LED screens, the stunning form of this temporary pavilion, modelled on the architecture of Schaulager itself and positioned right next to the entrance to the art fair, can be seen from far away. Visitors are received in a ‘Welcome House’ and a staircase then leads them into an eight-meter high aisle where largescale vitrines and monitors display information about Schaulager and its activities.
Five short films show how the Emanuel Hoffmann Foundation collection is stored, maintained, researched and promoted in Schaulager. Vitrines with documentary objects, props and working tools offer revealing insights into the creative processes of world-famous artists associated with the Emanuel Hoffmann Foundation collection and with Schaulager projects, such as Fischli/Weiss, Katharina Fritsch, Cindy Sherman and Matthew Barney. Presentations developed especially for the ‘Schaulager Satellite’ by Thomas Ruff, Zilla Leutenegger und Philipp Gasser document different aspects of the collection, the storage of artworks and Schaulager’s architecture from an artistic perspective.
To accompany Schaulager’s presentation on the Exhibition Square the book Schaulager. Preserve, Study, Share is being published, describing the Schaulager concept, its construction and operation, the background to the Emanuel Hoffmann Foundation collection as well as Schaulager’s main activities. Large-format photographic plates show the imposing building, provide an insight into the storage spaces and an overview of the activities and previous exhibitions.
The ‘Schaulager Satellite’ is not an art exhibition. It is an invitation to art lovers and to all those interested to get to know Schaulager and its activities.
Schaulager, Catherine Schott
Phone: +41 61 335 32 40
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Messeplatz Basel Map
4–17 June 2012
from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Admission and guided tours are free