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VernissageTV Classics (r3): Christoph Bchel: Hole at Kunsthalle Basel

In 2005, Swiss artist Christoph Bchel converted the Kunsthalle Basel into a labyrinth that led to a hall with the remnants of an exploded excursion bus. The exhibition walkthrough we filmed was one of the first videos we published – the second episode, in fact. After this initial encounter with Bchel’s work, VernissageTV filmed several of his other works and installations, such as the gigantic “Simply Botiful” at Hauser & Wirth in London. We thought it’s time to revisit this show, because it was one of the reasons to start VernissageTV.

This is the third episode in our new series r3 that highlights the treasures of VernissageTV’s huge archive. R3 is a series of VernissageTV classics, now re-mastered, re-edited and reissued in High Standard Definition (well, we didn’t have an HD cam yet).

PS: Here’s the original version.

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Christoph Bchel: Training Ground for Training Ground for Democracy / Hauser & Wirth / Art Basel Miami Beach

At Art Basel Miami Beach 2007, Hauser & Wirth presented Christoph Bchel’s installation “Training Ground for Training Ground for Democracy, 2007″. The installation is a scaled-down version of the aborted work for the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art MASS MoCA. It consists basically of a shipping container and includes original Florida voting booths, Arabic propaganda films, a bomb, a ladder to climb the container’s roof, bad food, and lots of other stuff. According to The Art Newspaper it sold for $250,000 to the Flick Collection and is to be installed at the Hamburger Bahnhof museum in Berlin. Art Basel Miami Beach, December 5, 2007.
PS: If you want to know more about the dispute between MASS MoCA and Christoph Bchel we recommend Roberta Smith’s article in The New York Times or just google “training ground for democracy”.
PPS: For more videos about Christoph Bchel’s work click here.

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Christoph Bchel: Simply Botiful / Hauser & Wirth Coppermill / part 3/3

Christoph Buechel at Hauser Wirth Coppermill
Christoph Bchel was born 1966 in Basel, Switzerland. Buchel studied at the University of Art and Design, Basel, at Cooper Union School of Art, New York, and at the Kunstakademie Dsseldorf. In 2000-2001 Christoph Buchel was awarded a scholarship at PS1, New York. In 2005 he collaborated with Gianni Motti at the Venice Biennale. He lives and works in Basel. The exhibition Christoph Bchel: Simply Botiful runs through March 18, 2007. Hauser & Wirth Coppermill, October 13, 2006. Part 3/3.
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Christoph Bchel: Simply Botiful / Hauser & Wirth Coppermill / part 2/3

Christoph Buechel at Hauser Wirth Coppermill
Swiss artist Christoph Bchel works in a variety of media, including film, printed materials, sculpture and textiles, though he is perhaps best known for his conceptual projects and large-scale installation pieces… Bchel’s complex installations force his audience to participate in scenarios that are physically demanding and psychologically unsettling… Gallery visitors to Bchel’s 2005 installation ‘Hole’ at the Kunsthalle Basel were forced through small rooms connected by constricted passageways and steep ladders. (PR H&W). The exhibition Christoph Bchel: Simply Botiful runs through March 18, 2007. Hauser & Wirth Coppermill, October 13, 2006. Part 2/3.
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Christoph Bchel: Simply Botiful / Hauser & Wirth Coppermill / part 1/3

Christoph Buechel at Hauser Wirth Coppermill
A major exhibition by Swiss artist Christoph Bchel titled “Simply Botiful” is the second exhibition at the gallery Hauser & Wirth Coppermill in London’s East End. Coppermill, a 25,000 square ft industrial building, is Hauser & Wirth’s second London exhibition space. It provides a vast platform for ambitious large scale projects. The inaugural exhibition presented German artists Martin Kippenberger and Dieter Roth. The exhibition Christoph Bchel: Simply Botiful runs through March 18, 2007. Hauser & Wirth Coppermill, October 13, 2006. Part 1/3.
PS: Check out the walkthrough at Hauser & Wirth website.
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