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From 19.09.2013 to 13.10.2013
basis, francfort

Gallery basis, based in Francfort, is delighted to be presenting the exhibition Practicalities (La vie matérielle), a collaboration between the Master in Fine Arts at ECAL/Ecole cantonale d’art de Lausanne and Willem de Rooij’s class at the Städelschule, Frankfurt am Main, from September 19 to October 13, 2013 (opening September 18, 7pm).

"If it's true that every book must have a raison d'être, this isn't a book," Marguerite Duras wrote of La vie matérielle, which she published in 1987. This autumn at Basis Practicalities (La vie matérielle) considers the utopian reach as well as the material bounds pertaining to art produced in the art school’s realm. How may a showcase of works by art students be formulated? Can it be an exhibition and function as such? Could one articulate its raison d'être anew?

This project results from a one-year exchange program initiated by artist Willem de Rooij in collaboration with curator and art critic Stéphanie Moisdon. Conceived by students and recent graduates of the Master Fine Arts directed by Moisdon at ECAL/Ecole cantonale d'art de Lausanne, Practicalities is the second part of a twofold exhibition program. It echoes and completes Influence at 1m3, whose display introduced to a Lausanne audience works by artists studying under de Rooij's professorship at Städelschule Frankfurt.

Ways of making and displaying art vary from one territory to another. As Practicalities stands at a threshold between two localities, it acknowledges the constraints and liberties one experiences here and there as an artist not yet fully concerned with commercial strategies or institutional demands.


ECAL - Ecole cantonale d'art de Lausanne; Master in Fine Arts (www.ecal.ch): 
Sophie Ballmer, Jenny Baumat, Julien Berberat, Géraldine Bize, Grégory Corthay, Sylvain Croci-Torti, Anaïs Defago, Lucile Dupraz, Agnès Ferla, Matthias Gabi, Andreas Hochuli, Benjamin Husson, Marine Julié, Emil Michael Klein, Miguel  Meneses, Cécile Mestelan, Nathalie Perrin, Kyung Roh Bannwart, Natacha Steiner, Matthias Sohr, Aymeric Tarrade, David Weishaar

Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste – Städelschule; Willem de Rooij class (www.staedelschule.de):
Artun Alaska Arasli, Max Arnold, Alexander Bacon, Patrick Alan Ban-field, Zuzanna Czebatul, Inga Danysz, Tobias Donat, Buck Ellison, Elif Erkan, Nik Geene, Henrik Olai Kaarstein, Theresa Kampmeier, Lutz Krietenbrink, Jannis Marwitz, Melanie Matthieu, Ruairidh MacLeod, Daniel Murnaghan, Bonny Poon, Esper Postma, José Montealegre Reinoso, Louise Ronk-Senges, Daniel Stempfer, Joao Teixeira,
Alexander Tillegreen, Luke Thompson, Colin Whitaker, Phillip Zach

basis e.V.
Gutleutstraße 8-12
60329 Frankfurt am Main

Tuesday–Friday, 11 a.m.–7 p.m.     
Saturday, Sunday 12 noon–6 p.m.   
www.basis-frankfurt.de

Photo © Basis

Photo ECAL/Lucile Dupraz