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Historisches Museum Basel - Haus Zum Kirschgarten

Gewölbekeller, Elisabethenstrasse 27
June 11-17, 2018


Marina Pinsky’s installation places two series of sculptural works alongside artifacts from the Haus zum Kirschgarten collection. One series of foam blocks, resembling layered topographies, have cast aluminum weapons embedded into their surfaces. These are modeled after knives and other objects seized by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) at airport security checkpoints in the United States, as pictured on their official Instagram account. The other is a set of meat stand sculptures, originally conceived for the Vleeshaal, a gothic-style building in the Netherlands which functioned at once as town hall and meat market in the early development of market societies in Europe.

Set in the basement of the Haus zum Kirschgarten, her works stand in contrast with the elaborate metalwork and porcelain of the collection displayed in vitrines. Pinsky engages audiences in a dialogue of past, present, and future, highlighting how economies, trade, and cultural identities have evolved over time.



The Parcours sector engages the public and fairgoers by placing site-specific sculptures, interventions, and performances in the city’s neighborhoods. Artworks by renowned established artists and emerging talents will be on display on and around Basel’s Münsterplatz. Parcours is curated by Samuel Leuenberger of SALTS exhibition space.


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  • Monday, June 11, 1pm-9pm  *Opening Night
  • Tuesday, June 12, 10am-8pm
  • Wednesday, June 13, 10am-6pm
  • Thursday, June 14, 10am-8pm
  • Friday, June 15, 10am-8pm
  • Saturday, June 16, 10am-12am midnight *Parcours Night
  • Sunday June 17, 10am-7pm