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Vernissage: Birgit Kempker

In the Langmatt, the autor appears for the first time as a fearless graphical artist.
On 14/05/2022
Birgit Kempker (*1956 in Wuppertal, lives in Basel) is one of Switzerland’s most mysterious and most inventive authors. She is known for her prose and audio works, for which she has received a number of awards. In the Langmatt, she appears for the first time as a fearless graphical artist. In her sketches, language and images find a common wavelength; they pose major existential questions in a fully forceful way, but also with a delicate and vulnerable quality. In these artworks, humour and desperation are revealed in a paradoxical and magical symbiosis, with an inescapable suggestive impact.

In the Brown family library, we will be presenting (on the collection’s historic tables), a selection of the original volumes for visitors to leaf through. This opens up an adventurous rollercoaster ride through the uncertainties of human existence in a time of heightened insecurities.

A digital book by Esther Hunziker will be published to accompany the exhibition, with the drawings by Birgit Kempker.

Free admission

Temporary exhibitions

«How the opening of all started: the writer has to be read», 2018–2021, Mischtechnik auf Papier, 29,7 × 21 cm, Foto: Serge Hasenböhler
Free entry with the Museums-PASS-Musées
On 14/05/2022
Saturday: 17:00-24:00
Römerstrasse 30
+41 56 200 86 70

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