June 18, 2017 - Kunstmuseum Basel - Richard Serra
June 18, 2017

Kunstmuseum Basel

Richard Serra, China Girl, 1972. Video, black and white, sound, 11 minutes. Installation view, 2017. Collaborator: Gerry Schum. Courtesy Stiftung Situation Kunst, Bochum. © Richard Serra, © ProLitteris 2017. Photo: Gina Folly.

Richard Serra
Films and Videotapes
May 20–October 15, 2017

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Richard Serra (b. San Francisco, 1938) is one of the most influential artists working today. He is best known for the monumental steel outdoor sculptures he has made since the 1970s; several of these have sparked public controversies—including in Basel, where his sculpture Intersection on Theaterplatz is a striking sight in the urban fabric.

The exhibition Richard Serra: Films and Videotapes at the Kunstmuseum Basel | Gegenwart turns the spotlight on Serra’s work in film, which goes back to 1968 and has been a crucial source of impulses for his artistic and experimental use of both media. The artist also recruited several people to work with him on his films who went on to distinguished careers in the fields of visual art and filmmaking, including Joan Jonas, Nancy Holt, and Babette Mangolte.

The show presents sixteen films and videos Richard Serra made between 1968 and 1979. All works are screened in the original formats. Richard Serra: Films and Videotapes is the first exhibition to offer such a comprehensive survey of Serra’s entire output on film: although art theorists regard these works as a vital component of his oeuvre, they have rarely been shown as a cohesive ensemble—perhaps in part because it is difficult to screen 16mm footage in constant quality over an extended period of time.

The art collection of the City of Basel has six films and four videos by Richard Serra—some were acquired early on in 1977 and 1980. The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, has lent us four films and one video. Another video is presented with support from Stiftung Situation Kunst, Bochum, Germany.

All film copies for the exhibition were produced with support from the MoMA, which has been working to develop new restoration techniques for celluloid-based art.


For further information and image requests, please contact karen.gerig [​at​] bs.ch

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