The lightness of stones

26 April – 15 July 2012

Kinetic sculptures of Justin Fiske in a dialogue with the Museum der Kulturen

To what extent are myths and stories about ‘Becoming, being and passing’ connected to the folds in our museum roof? What do stones have to do with lightness? In the exhibition entitled “Suspended – the lightness of stones” ethnological topics and artistic statements are juxtaposed and shown to be suspended and light.

Stone by stone
At the end of February, Justin Fiske, a young artist from Cape Town arrived in Basel. In his luggage he had countless screws, cedar wood and endless lengths of cord. Using these materials and thousands of stones collected along the shores of the Rhine, he created complex installations with fascinating mechanics – suspended stones, pure poetry and beauty. The filigree installations enter into a dialogue of the senses with objects from the Museum’s collections and the striking roof architecture about becoming, being and passing.