Bizarre Silks

“Bizarre Silks, Private Imaginings and Narrative Facts, etc.”

An Exhibition by Nick Mauss

February 7, 2020 - September 20, 2020

Kunstahalle Basel, Basel, Switzerland

Anonymous, Gretchen Bender, Felix Bernstein / Gabe Rubin, William S. Burroughs / Brion Gysin, James Ensor, Hannah Höch, Ray Johnson, Konrad Klapheck, Ketty La Rocca, Nick Mauss, Rosemary Mayer, Robert Morris, Ken Okiishi, Edward Owens, Anton Perich, Georgia Sagri, Bea Schlingelhoff, and Megan Francis Sullivan

Artist Nick Mauss (* 1980) has repeatedly turned exhibition-making—the assembly of precisely staged relations—into an art form. He especially conceives the scenography for this show, which brings together and reframes works by contemporary and historical figures, emphasizing aspects of legibility, textility, fragility, and aggression across various media.

A Film of the Exhibition, by Ken Okiishi, 2020

Exhibition Text


Kathrin Bentel, Critics’ Pick, Artforum, May 22, 2020­­

Anna Franceschini, Flash Art, April 23, 2020

Installation Views

Photo credit: Philipp Hänger / Kunsthalle Basel

Estate of Rosemary Mayer with Nick Mauss. February Ghosts (Monoceros, Auriga, and Orion), 1981-2022. Paper, wooden rods, ribbons, metallic paint.