Go See – Basel: Jenny Holzer at the Fondation Beyeler through January 24th 2010

November 26th, 2009

Jenny Holzer-Map-2008
Map (2008) by Jenny Holzer, via The Fondation Beyeler

Currently on view at the Fondation Beyeler in Basel are recent works by American artist Jenny Holzer (b.1950). On display are Holzer’s paintings and sculptures as well as her famous LED installations which portray compelling as well as overwhelming combinations of visual imagery and text. The exhibition also incorporates a selection of works chosen by the artist from the Beyeler collection including those by Giacometti, Picasso, Malevich, and Francis Bacon. The exhibition extends outdoors with light projections onto major suites in Basel, Baselland, and Zurich.

More text, images and related links after the jump…

Jenny Holzer-Red Yellow Looming-2004
Red Yellow Looming
via The Fondation Beyeler

Holzer’s large-scale projections incorporate text and moving images so that they enter into a dialogue with the building that they feature. At times the texts are Holzer’s own and at other times they are the words of writers such as Wislawa Szymborska, the Polish Nobel Prize Winner for literature, and the American poet Henri Cole. Whether the artist questions consumer behavior or complains about the bitterness of life and death, her use of text aims to create a response in the viewer inviting them to ponder new ideas and concepts about the world around them.

Jenny Holzer-Lustmond Tables-1994
Lustmond Tables(1994) by Jenny Holzer, via The Fondation Beyeler

City Projection Venice 2003-Jenny Holzer
City Projection Venice, Italy (2003), via Jenny Holzer

Jenny Holzer – Fondation Beyeler
Jenny Holzer: Light Projections in Basel [Vernissage TV]
Artist’s Page [Jenny Holzer]