Margaret RaspéBasel Social Club

9 June — 16 June 2024

Basel Social Club

Basel Social Club

We are looking forward to presenting works by Margaret Raspé at the 3rd edition of the Basel Social Club. This year’s edition takes place in a new location and new format: a week-long event in the open air on farmland fields, amongst trees, and between the barns of Bruderholz, Basel. We will present the outdoor installation Rain Drums (1988/2023) and a Camera Helmet Film (1972-73). At 7pm on 9 June, Vera Flück will do a Blind Cut lawnmower drawing performance after an idea of Margaret Raspé's, which the late artist originally performed in 1987. Online Viewing Room A selection of Raspé’s Rain Paintings (1971) and original Rain Drums (1988) are featured here as an online extension of our presentation. Dubackerweg 2, 4103 Bottmingen, Switzerland See here for transportation options Opening day: Sunday, 9 June, 11am — 11pm 7pm Vera Flück, Blind Cut Performance, after an idea by Margaret Raspé Monday, 10 June — Saturday, June 15, 11am – 11pm Sunday, 16 June, 11am — 3pm

Raspé’s work was marked by a prescient ecological consciousness, as she addressed the interdependence between humans and their environment decades before climate concerns became more common parlance. Much of her work can be understood as attempts to convey such interconnectedness—and to compel viewers to really engage with what this kind of symbiosis could look like. This meant that her work often took elements of the natural world as a starting point, as well as a setting. Throughout the late 1980s and 1990s, she regularly organized collaborative garden exhibitions, which featured her own ephemeral installations and performances, alongside that of others. Her home and its adjacent garden was a hub for artists, writers, and thinkers, particularly members of the Vienna Actionists and the Wiener Gruppe. As such, the ethos of Raspé’s work is deeply resonant with the framework and setting of this year’s Basel Social Club in the farmland on the outskirts of Basel. Press The Riotous Basel Social Club Returns — This Time on 50 Acres of Farmland South of the Messeplatz, ARTNews At Art Basel, Collectors Take a Field Trip — Is It All Just a Rural Fantasy?, Artnet