With Armour & Evening Dress (Rüstung & Robe) the Museum Tinguely in Basel, Switzerland presents an exhibition that combines pieces of armour mainly from the armoury in Graz, evening dresses by the couturier Roberto Capucci, and works by Eva Aeppli and Niki de Saint Phalle as well as Oskar Schlemmer’s figures for his Triadic Ballet. All this is shown under the eye of all sorts of “war props” by Jean Tinguely, Bernhard Luginbühl, and Daniel Spoerri, as well as a comic strip “Apocalypse” by M. S. Bastian.
The exhibition in Basel does not primarily deal with the historical events that led to the establishment of such an arms depot, but will treat the suits of armour beyond their function as body protection and mainly as garments that were subject to the same currents of fashion as were the fabric models that inspired them.
The exhibition runs until August 30, 2009. Armour & Evening Dress has been curated by the director of the Museum Tinguely, Guido Magnaguagno.
There’s a catalogue that will be presented at the Art Breakfast at the Museum Tinguely, to be held at 10.00 a.m. on Sunday, 14 June 2009.
Opening reception and farewell party for Guido Magnaguagno, May 12, 2009.