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Tout est bon dans le poisson

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Réunion

For two nights only, the Réunion was transformed into a fish market, occupied by Charly, Paris’s Michelin award-winning fish vendor. Peddling fish from the art space’s front window, Charly’s quotidian business collided with the world of art, as nightly performances toured underground cultures and explored the limits of new exhibition formats.

Gourmands meet fringe performance art.

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Participating artists included Florence Jung, Saskia Edens, Nils Amadeus Lange with Mira Kandathil & Annina Machaz, Manuel Scheiwiller with Melanie Wirz & Nils Amadeus Lange, Marcel Meury, Ivan Blagajcevic as Evalyn, and Thylacine. Curated by Sandino Scheidegger.

The culinary concept has been created by Han Lo (Untitled Group).

Images by Juliette Chrétien, Ian White, and Franziska Scheidegger.

The fish market and performance festival took place on May 8th and 9th, 2014 at Réunion in Zurich, Switzerland. A second edition takes place in April 2017 in Costa Rica.

James Lee Byars

ArchivedHappened in March 2014
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Réunion

On opening night of James Lee Byars’ 1978 solo show at the Kunsthalle Bern, the museum was hushed and abandoned; a note on the front door read, “We are at the Commerce.” No attendees were expected—Byars’ work was considered too eccentric—so the artist and his colleagues decamped to a nearby restaurant. This anecdote inspired the Réunion happening, for which Byars’ exhibition was reinstalled and the restaurant was re-created.

A throwback to a late-blooming art legend.

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Like the 1978 exhibition, the Réunion show was closed to the public, only visible through the building’s windows. Similarly, visitors were directed anew by a scribbled note, this time to the gallery’s side entrance, where they encountered a separate space in which the Commerce, a Spanish eatery, had been restaged. There, they enjoyed a paella dinner as well as an intimate account of Byars from the artist’s good friend, philosopher G. Lischka.

'Wir sind im Commerce" stand zur Eröffnung James Lee Byars' Einzelausstellung 1978 an der Eingangstüre der Kunsthalle Bern. So die Legende, die besagt das Künstler und Kurator wussten, dass kein Publikum zu erwarten ist. JLB war schlichtweg zu unfassbar fürs Berner Publikum. So entschieden Künstler und Kurator, lieber direkt in ins Restaurant Commerce essen zu gehen, anstatt wie üblich nach der Vernissage.

Wie damals, so heute.

Der Philosoph Lischka erzählte im nachgebauten Commerce im Réunion mit Originalausstattung Anekdoten über seinen guten Freund James Lee Byars. Der Ausstellungsraum mit den Werken von James Lee Byars, blieb geschlossen. Eben wie damals in Bern.

The exhibition took place from March 13th to 27th, 2014 at Réunion in Zurich, Switzerland.

Early Breakfast

ArchivedHappened in September 2013
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Réunion

Early Breakfast is a series of one-hour exhibitions for early birds only. Several days in advance of the event, Lucy, a master truffle-hunting dog, leads her owner and invited guests to the prized mushrooms in the forests surrounding Zurich. Prepared with scrambled eggs, the truffles (and the art) offer participants an opportunity to indulge in a decadent morning meal.

You snooze, you lose.

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Every Thursday morning from 8am until 9am, eggs and truffles are served alongside one work of art. Though too early for many people, the fixed happening offers early-rising participants a special start to the day.

Artists shown:
Bas Jan Ader, Deimantas Narkeviciius, Renaud Loda, Mark Divo and Yvon Chabrowski

The breakfast took place regularly over a prolonged period at the Réunion in Zurich, Switzerland. First breakfast was served on September 12, 2013 and the last on December 23, 2013.

Amongst Those Present

ArchivedHappened in August 2013
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Réunion

An experimental approach to one of contemporary art's major themes—the "unknown"—this project was executed on the occasion of the grand opening of Réunion. For it, professional safecrackers emptied two ancient vaults, both of which had been sealed for over 20 years. Neither keys nor owners were known, and most importantly, no one knew what lurked within, so the unearthed findings were shared among all present.

The hidden inspires collective imagination, dreams, and art alike.

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The opening took place at Réunion on August 28, 2013

The event took place on August 28, 2013 at Réunion in Zurich, Switzerland.

Hold Your Breath

ArchivedHappened in July 2013
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At Bern’s Stadtgalerie, expectations for WORM’s art talks were upended by a whimsical, participatory project: audience members enjoyed movies from the watery beds of two inflatable swimming pools. At the stroke of midnight, participants were challenged to an underwater breath-holding competition, a playful reminder of childhood antics.

The silliness of life is triggered by a simple task: hold your breath.

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Luftanhalten, weil man nicht immer Kunst atmen will.

The event took place on July 13, 2013 in the courtyard of the art center Progr in Bern, Switzerland.
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