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The Conference

The artwork will not be exhibited until the end of June 2020 due to the exhibitions “Gezeichnet 2019” and “death and birth”.

It seems a strange format for a meeting. Or is this what future archaeologists will find when they excavate artefacts from our era?

The Swiss artist couple Gerda Steiner and Jörg Lenzlinger succeed in confounding observers with their 2010 work “The Conference”. The seemingly familiar scene of a meeting room with computers, coffee cups, diaries and mobile phones is overgrown with gaudy crystals. A subtle night-time recording of jungle sounds from Borneo can be heard in the background. An unknown consciousness befalls the entire scenario: this is how the duo summarise the impact of their installation.

Shown for the first time at Art Unlimited in Basel, the work of art can now be seen at the end of the core exhibition of our museum on the second basement floor.

The couple focus intensively on the relationship between humans and their environment. They often combine seemingly poetic elements of natural objects with artificial installation components made of plastic, Styrofoam or home-grown urea crystals.