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History


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Suzanne Greub opening her first travelling exhibition ‘Art of the Sepik River’, 1986

 


Art Centre Basel (acb) was founded in January 1984 by Suzanne Greub and has since gained international recognition in the field of exhibition curating and management. acb is situated in the heart of the city of Basel, Switzerland. The building was acquired in 1983 and was totally renovated, originally being intended as an exhibition space. However, it was at the suggestion of William Rubin, then Chief Curator at MoMA, New York, that the idea of travelling exhibitions was born, after he visited acb’s inaugural exhibition.

The focus of this initial exhibition ‘Resonances: Tribal Art – Modern Art’ was on the juxtaposition of modern and non-Western art and the exhibition was accompanied by an in-depth catalogue. ‘Resonances’ was shown at the Art Centre Basel from January to June 1984 and reflected the two characteristics that were to mark further exhibitions of acb: topicality, and a combination of different artistic fields and directions.

 

The first travelling exhibition curated by acb began its tour in January 1986 to two leading museums in Europe, and six in the USA, after being inaugurated in Basel. ‘Authority and Ornament: Art of the Sepik River, Papua New Guinea’ was an international success. In the IBM Gallery of Science and Art, New York, this exhibition attracted 60,000 visitors.

 

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