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An art and installation project by Klaus Littmann

The exhibition reflects on the multifaceted artistic engagement with nature, with around 75 artworks by 45 artists on display. The presented works include landscape painter Christian Friedrich Gille, whose paintings illustrate how the tree transformed from a mere backdrop subject to a protagonist in the course of the 19th century. The focus of the exhibition is given to artworks of the 20th century, where the tree is present in a great variety of artistic representations. Many of the works have never been on public display, others have been created especially for Tree Connections. The exhibition in Basel aims to continue the staging of nature which started in Klagenfurt. It also demonstrates that unique art does not require long transports – most of the works on loan come from private collections in the region.

A selection of artists included in the exhibition are: Calame, Gille, Sherer, Arp, Oppenheim, Tinguely, Beuys, Christo, Rollins and K.O.S, Uecker, Kounellis, Balkenhol, Cragg, Nash, Kintera, Kawamata, Sailstorfer and Schlesinger – to name a few.

As part of the exhibition, the installation Arena for a Tree will be presented on the Münsterplatz in Basel. The arena will be open daily to the public from April 28 to May 24 from 11 to 8 pm. The exhibition is accompanied by an extensive catalog published by Hatje Cantz as well as a diverse public program.

Kulturstiftung Basel H. Geiger

Spitalstrasse 18

4056 Basel, Switzerland


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