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International 2010 Archives


Felix Gonzalez-Torres
Beyeler Foundation, Basel (Schweitz)

22.05 - 29.08.2010







04.06- 15.08.2010

























 











































































































07.09 - 25.11.2012
































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The Fondation Beyeler hosts part of a major traveling retrospective of Felix Gonzalez-Torres (American, b. Cuba, 1957-1996), one of the most influential artists of his generation. Including some rarely seen but also more known paintings, sculptures, photographic works, and public projects, it includes pieces from throughout Gonzalez-Torres' short but prolific career. Drawn from public and private collections throughout the United States and Europe, this groundbreaking exhibition proposes an experimental form that is indebted to the artist's own radical conception of the artwork.


Defying the idea of the exhibition as fixed and the retrospective as totalizing, the exhibition Felix Gonzalez-Torres. Specific Objects without Specific Form offers instead several exhibition versions, and none the authoritative one, all the better to present the oeuvre of an artist who put fragility, the passage of time, and the questioning of authority at the center of his artwork. At each venue in which the show will be hosted, the exhibition will open to the public and then halfway through its duration, it will be re-installed by a different invited artist whose practice has been informed by Gonzalez-Torres' work. At the Fondation Beyeler, the artist Carol Bove will undo the show and re-install it from late-July onward — adding and removing artworks, changing such things as lighting, labels, and the order of presentation, in other words — effectively making an entirely new version of the exhibition.






 












 


































Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Beyeler Foundation, Basel

© ArtCatalyse International / Marika Prévosto 2012. All Rights Reserved

Exhibition 22 May - 29 August 2010. Fondation Beyeler, Baselstrasse 101 - 4125 Riehen / Basel (Schweitz).

















Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Untitled, 1991-1993, Billboard, Two parts : dimensions vary with installation and Untitled (Placebo), 1991, Candles individually in silver cellophane, Overall dimensions vary with installation. Installation view of Felix Gonzalez-Torres: Specific Objects without Specific Form at Fondation Beyelr, Basel, 2010. Photo: Serge Hasenböhler © Felix Gonzalez-Torres Foundation, Courtesy of Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York

Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Untitled, 1991-1993, Billboard, Two parts : dimensions vary with installation and Untitled (Placebo), 1991, Candles individually in silver cellophane, Overall dimensions vary with installation. Installation view of Felix Gonzalez-Torres: Specific Objects without Specific Form at Fondation Beyelr, Basel, 2010. Photo: Serge Hasenböhler © Felix Gonzalez-Torres Foundation, Courtesy of Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York