Black Sun

Group Exhibition. Fondation Beyeler, Basel, Switzerland.

4 October 2015 – 10 January 2016

Installation view. Photographed by Mark Niedermann, courtesy Fondation Beyeler, Basel. © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2015

The group exhibition ‘Black Sun’ at Basel’s Fondation Beyeler celebrates the 100th anniversary of Kazimir Malevich’s iconic painting, 'Black Square' (1915), and reflects upon the enduring influence of the Polish-Russian artist's work. On show are works by 36 artists of the 20th and 21st century, representing the spheres of painting, sculpture, installation and film. Major artworks illuminate the connections and tensions—at the level of both form and content—between Malevich’s Black Square and the art of the last 100 years.

Included in the show is Hirst's large fly painting‘Black Sun’ (2004), which was made by gluing thousands of flies’ bodies onto a canvas.

Other artists featured are: Josef Albers, Carl Andre, Alexander Calder, Olafur Eliasson, Dan Flavin, Lucio Fontana, Günther Förg, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Wade Guyton, Jenny Holzer, Donald Judd, Ilya und Emilia Kabakov, Wassily Kandinsky, On Kawara, Ellsworth Kelly, Yves Klein, Sol LeWitt, Agnes Martin, Piet Mondrian, Jonathan Monk, Barnett Newman, Palermo, Philippe Parreno, Sigmar Polke, Ad Reinhardt, Gerhard Richter, Mark Rothko, Robert Ryman, Richard Serra, Santiago Sierra, Tony Smith, Jean Tinguely, Rosemarie Trockel, Andy Warhol and Lawrence Weiner.

‘Black Sun’ is supported by the Ringier Collection, Switzerland.