Museum Tinguely, Kaserne Basel, and Kunsthalle Basel are pleased to present:


An Approach to Swiss Performance Art from 1960 to the Present


The breadth and diversity of Swiss performance art from 1960 to the present is being celebrated in Basel through an exceptional institutional collaboration between Museum Tinguely, Kaserne Basel, and Kunsthalle Basel in partnership with Centre culturel suisse Paris. Together these institutions illuminate performative practices in Switzerland—looking back, for instance, to when Jean Tinguely blew up the Basel Carnival Committee in a performative action in 1974, and looking forward, with new performances by established and emerging artists.

Spanning five months, from 20 September 2017 to 18 February 2018, this project has roots in the multidisciplinary exhibition and festival PerformanceProcess held in 2015 at the Centre culturel suisse in Paris. Building upon and expanding that effort, the Basel institutions join forces to examine this powerful medium, each from a distinct perspective.

Practical information for visitors

Tickets can be purchased at each of the three venues. For further details of the programme of exhibitions and events as well as practical information on how to get there, please consult the host institutions’ websites:

Media inquiries

Inquiries relating to PerformanceProcess should be addressed to those responsible for media relations at the host institutions:
Museum Tinguely: Isabelle Beilfuss,, +41 61 687 46 08
Kaserne Basel: Oliver Bussmann,, +41 61 666 60 08
Kunsthalle Basel: Claudio Vogt,, +41 61 206 99 11

A collaborative project by Museum Tinguely, Kaserne Basel, Kunsthalle Basel, in partnership with Centre culturel suisse, Paris

Supported by the Division of Cultural Affairs, Canton of Basel-Stadt
The performance program at Kaserne Basel is additionally supported by Pro Helvetia.

Coordination: Eva Heller; Design: Dan Solbach, Ben Brodmann; Code: Daniel Schneider, Prolog; Font: Dinamo
Concept and editing: Museum Tinguely, Kaserne Basel, Kunsthalle Basel, Dominikus Müller, Eva Heller

Video Homepage: Jean Tinguely, Study for an End of the World No. 2, in der Wüste von Nevada, 1962, Filmstill aus „David Brinkley’s Journal“, NBC, 1962

As a digital archive, the site gives an overview of all the artistic projects presented in the frame of PerformanceProcess at Museum Tinguely, at Kaserne Basel and at Kunsthalle Basel in 2017-2018, as well as at Centre culturel suisse in Paris in 2015.

  • Museum Tinguely
  • Kaserne
  • Kanton Basel-Stadt, Kultur
  • centre culturel suisse paris
  • Pro Helvetia


Artists Talks (in German)

Die Kuratorinnen und Kuratoren im Gespräch

Performancekunst scheint die Kunst der Stunde zu sein. Aber welche Rolle spielt die körperliche Präsenz im digitalen Zeitalter? Und in welcher Beziehung steht Performance zu ihrer Dokumentation und zu den sozialen Medien? Die vier Kuratorinnen und Kuratoren von PerformanceProcess sprechen mit Dominikus Müller über ihre Zusammenarbeit, über die unterschiedlichen Ausrichtungen ihrer Institutionen und darüber, warum Performancekunst so gut in unsere Zeit passt.

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