Taking historiographical cues from the literal translation of the street name, the exhibition tracks art history not as an evolutionary process, but rather as a hall of mirrors in which artists’ practices encounter, reflect, fragment, and recombine through time. The artists featured include Urs Fischer, Fischli / Weiss, Alberto Giacometti, Manon, Fabian Marti, Jill Mulleady, Meret Oppenheim, Pipilotti Rist, Emanuel Rossetti, Daniel Spoerri, Vivian Suter, Sophie Taeuber-Arp, André Thomkins, Jean Tinguely and Andro Wekua.
The exhibition is an inquiry into the legacies of Dadaist and Surrealist Art and Zurich, the city where artists like Hugo Ball and Sophie Taeuber-Arp shared company with modernist writer James Joyce. As the curator Gianni Jetzer explains, ‘the milieu of an overly rationalised Swiss society proved a breeding ground for an avant-garde defined by humour, nonsense, and subjective realities: qualities seen in the reflections and refractions of Swiss art to this very day.’
Gianni Jetzer is an independent curator and critic based in New York and the curator of Art Basel’s Unlimited section.