1918 I 2018

Wir glauben an eine kunst

(10.11.-22.12.2018)

The exhibition was an hommage to a show called Das Neue Leben (The New Life) that took place a hundred years ago at Kunsthalle Basel. The group show united 22 artists, men and women, from different parts of Switzerland and Europe and over 260 works of art from different kinds of medias. Galerie Mueller organised a small selection of 11 artists and over 60 works that were included in the 1918 show.

With artworks by Héléne Amande, Alice Bailly, Fritz Baumann, Irma Kocan, Otto Morach, Heinrich Müller, Franzisca Stoecklin, Fritz Stoecklin, Niklaus Stoecklin, Sophie Taeuber-Arp and Alexander Zschokke.

THREE AMERICANS

Al Held, nicholas krushnick,

Kimber Smith

(8.9.-28.10.2018)

The exhibition Three Americans. Al Held, Nicholas Krushenick, Kimber Smith is a cooperation between Galerie Mueller in Basel (September 8th until October 20th 2018) and Galerie Ziegler in Zurich (September 15th until November 16th 2018). For the first time in Switzerland it unites works by the three American painters Al Held, Nicholas Krushenick and Kimber Smith. Switzerland played an important part in the lives of all three artists. Each gallery shows the work of two artists at length and one work of the third artist as a reference respectively. The work of all three artists was affected by an intense exploration of painting, the use of color and acrylic in particular, the play with form and surface and their relationship with canvas or paper. 

Galerie Mueller focuses on Krushenick and Smith. In the artist-run-spaces of Manhattan and in close exchange and friendship with Al Held, Krushenick in the 1950s developed his own form of Pop Art, Pop Abstraction, while Smith starting from 1954 in Paris created his own version of lyrical Abstract Expression-ism. In Basel Felix Handschin showed Smith's works already at the beginning of the 1960s in his gallery, while Galerie Beyeler showed Krushenick's works as late as 1971 at the height of the artist's professional career. Galerie Mueller begins its exhibition activity with the pairing of these two tendencies of American post war painting: Smith came out of Abstract Expressionism, all be it with a Parisian coining, Krushenick was the only Pop artist, who succeeded in combining the popular with abstraction in painting. 

With artworks by Al Held, Nicholas Krushenick and Kimber Smith.