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Kara Walker, "Barack Obama as Othello 'The Moor' With the Severed Head of Iago in a New and Revised Ending by Kara E. Walker," 2019, Pastel, conté crayon, charcoal on treated paper, 221.9 x 182.9 cm; photo by Jason Wyche, courtesy of the artist and Kunstmuseum Basel.
Kara Walker, "'merica 2016," 2018, graphite, sumi ink, gofun and gouache, 56.52 x 76.2 cm; © Kara Walker, courtesy of Kunstmuseum Basel, Kupferstichkabinett.
Kara Walker, "The Gross Clinican Presents: Pater Gravidam, 2018; photo by Jonas Hänggi, courtesy of the artist and Kunstmuseum Basel.
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Kara Walker: A Black Hole Is Everything a Star Longs to Be

Kara Walker’s “A Black Hole is Everything a Star Longs to Be” encompasses over 600 works on paper spanning the last 28 years.

June 5, 2021 - September 26, 2021

The first major exhibition in Switzerland by the artist, Kara Walker’s “A Black Hole is Everything a Star Longs to Be” encompasses over 600 works on paper spanning the last 28 years, including a series of new drawings and many that have never before been presented to the public. In her archival works, visitors at Kunstmuseum Basel will find Walker’s exploration of topics like history, gender roles, sexuality, race relations, and violence, which encourage viewers to question the narratives they have been fed. Continuing these interest in her newer works, the artist has focused on contemporary matters like the dialogue arisen from the Black Lives Matter Movement and the legacy of Barack Obama—which takes on a fantastical gaze in works like a depiction of the former President as Othello, holding the head of a certain yellow-haired man.

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St. Alban-Graben 16, 4051 Basel, Switzerland
Jun 5 - Sep 26
Kunstmuseum Basel
Kara Walker: A Black Hole Is Everything a Star Longs to Be
Kara Walker’s “A Black Hole is Everything a Star Longs to Be” encompasses over 600 works on paper spanning the last 28 years.

Exhibitions

Basel, Wettstein |Exhibitions

BANG BANG

“BANG BANG” is an exhibition project presenting the translocal histories of performance art, currently on view through August 21.

Sarah Oppenheimer: N-02 and Olaf Breuning: Two Lakes

Coinciding with Art Basel, von Bartha presents two solo exhibitions by New York based artists Sarah Oppenheimer and Olaf Breuning.

Gabrielle Goliath: This song is for …

Gabrielle Goliath's "This song is for ..." follows the artist's practice of finding beauty and poetry whilst navigating difficult realities.

Picasso El Greco

On view at Kunstmuseum Basel until September 25, "Picasso El Grecco" looks at Pablo Picasso’s ongoing dialogue with the artist known as El Greco.

Michael Armitage: You, Who Are Still Alive

Michael Armitage’s “You, Who Are Still Alive” features a suite of new large-scale canvas compositions of enthralling, surreal scenes.

Mondrian Evolution

Coinciding with the 150th birthday anniversary of the Dutch artist Piet Mondrian, Fondation Beyeler looks at the artist's practice in "Mondrian Evolution."

Camille Pissarro: The Studio of Modernism

"The Studio of Modernism" is a survey of Camille Pissarro's work, shining a spotlight on his collaborative relationships with his contemporaries.

Andrea Blum: Parallel Lives

Andrea Blum’s exhibition “Parallel Lives” fills the annex in Kunsthaus Baselland with a selection of work looking at our connection to the natural world.

Anna Maria Maiolino

Anna Maria Maiolino’s exhibition “In the sky I am one and many and as a human I am everything and nothing” brings together work from the last half a century.

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