Kaari Upson: Go Back the Way You Came

30 Aug 2019 – 10 Nov 2019

Event times

Mon closed
Tue/Wed/Fri 11 am – 6 pm
Thu 11 am – 8.30 pm
Sat/Sun 11 am – 5 pm

Cost of entry

CHF 12.—/8.—
incl. S AM Swiss Architecture Museum

Kunsthalle Basel

Basel, Switzerland


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A strange, gripping new body of work by US-American artist Kaari Upson (* 1972), including sculpture, video, and installation, draws us into an abyss of the artist’s fantasies surrounding home, family, and selfhood.


For her first institutional solo exhibition in Europe, Kaari Upson (*1972) presents a new body of wood and latex sculptures that continue her ongoing exploration of both the figure of the mother and the uncanny double. The US-American artist casts, cuts down, or replicates natural and architectural elements that she grew up with, fusing home and mother, body and object, desire and trauma. The gripping result interrogates family, consumer culture, and “Americanness,” all while literally eviscerating parts of her childhood environment to do so.

Exhibiting artists

Kaari Upson


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