On July 29, 2015, the NO SHOW MUSEUM started from Zurich its first European tour, which led through 20 countries of Central and Northern Europe, and included around 30 exhibitions in galleries and museums, in public spaces and at remote areas. In the course of this tour, various forms and formats have been tried out about how nothing can be shown – either in empty rooms or in the context of existing exhibitions, on invitation or as a guerrilla action, announced / unannounced, with or without audience, with or without documentation, etc.
The tour ended in October 2015 in Venice, where the NO SHOW MUSEUM exhibited at the Lido and in the Palazzo Trevisan, invited by the Salon Suisse as an official participant of the 56th Biennale Suisse.
Special exhibition in the NO SHOW MUSEUM, May-October 2015.
The special exhibition entitled ‚Invisible Artworks‘ presented a collection of 24 invisible, immaterial and
intangible works of pure conceptual art. The works are gifts from the artists of the NO SHOW MUSEUM.
100 000 ASSORTED UNNECESSARY EMOTIONS
Ed. 5 / 10
Medium: Mind Installation with unnecessary emotions.
Description: 100 000 selected unneccessary emotions and feelings, implanted into the mind of the viewer with hypnotic techniques, emerging randomly over periode of 38 months
The invisible artworks are exhibited in a display cabinet and identified with descriptive labels. They can be purchased. The buyer receives a certificate of authentication which contains all relevant information about the work (title, year, place, media, description, access no., etc.). However, since the name of the artist of the original work is kept a closely guarded secret, the museum is able to offer these exclusive works by famous artists at a fraction of the normal market price.
Palazzo Trevisan degli Ulivi and Lido, 10/2015
Exhibition of nothing at the Lido, Introduction to the Art of Nothing at the Palazzo Trevisan by Andreas Heusser, followed by talk with Stefan Zweifel & Juri Steiner. Special guest: Dieter Meier.
The world famous artist and singer of YELLO fits perfectly into the context of nothing as he is the inventor of ‘Le Rien on Or’. He presented his early films ‘Acrobatics’ and videos by YELLO such as ‘Planet Dada’.
A NO SHOW MUSEUM EXHIBITION HOSTED BY LAUBA, INCLUDING THE APPROPRIATION OF THE CURRENT EXHIBITION 'SUPERHEROES 2.0', 10/2015
A NO SHOW MUSEUM EXHIBITION HOSTED BY GALÉRIA UMELKA, THE GALLERY OF SLOVAK UNION OF VISUAL ARTS, BRATISLAVA, 09/2015
SPECIAL EXHIBITION AT VIENNA CONTEMPORARY, INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR, VIENNA (A), INCLUDING THE TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF THE CURRENT EXHIBITION OF MORE THAN 100 EXHIBITORS, 09/2015
A NO SHOW MUSEUM EXHIBITION HOSTED BY 9TH DADA FESTWOCHEN, D.I.V.O. INSTITUTE, KOLIN (CZR), 09/2015
A NO SHOW MUSEUM EXHIBITION HOSTED BY #POLIGON ART SPACE, WARSAW (POL): NOTHING BY AD REINHARDT, AGNIESZKA KURANT, ANDY WARHOL, MARCEL DUCHAMP, MARIA EICHHORN, ROBERT SMITHSON ET AL., 09/2015
A NO SHOW MUSEUM EXHIBITION HOSTED BY SURVIVAL K(N)IT FESTIVAL 7, LATVIAN CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART, RIGA (LET), 09/2015
UNANNOUNCED SPECIAL EXHIBITION AT TALLINN ART HALL, TALLINN (EST), 09/2015
On invitation of Taaniel Raudsepp, Director of the Tallinn Art Hall, the NO SHOW MUSEUM was supposed to establish an exhibition on saturday 5 september. But due to shortage of time it was not possible to deinstall the current exhibition for the NO SHOW MUSEUM exhibition. However, the exhibition took place without public notice – there were no announcements, texts or signs indicating that nothing was shown amid all the exhibits. In fact, one might doubt that there was a show at all. However its occurence is documented by photos which were taken on the 5 September 2015.
A NO SHOW MUSEUM EXHIBITION HOSTED BY LUDA GALLERY, ST PETERSBURG: NOTHING BY YVES KLEIN, 09/2015
UNANNOUNCED SPECIAL EXHIBITION AT KIASMA MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, HELSINKI, INCLUDING THE APPROPRIATION OF THE CURRENT TINO SEGHAL EXHIBITION, 08/2015
A NO SHOW MUSEUM EXHIBITION HOSTED BY GRIMMUSEUM, BERLIN (D): NOTHING BY JOSEPH BEUYS, GORDON MATTA-CLARK, AGNIESZKA KURANT, SANTIAGO SIERRA, ROBERT RAUSCHENBERG AND BEN VAUTIER, 08/2015
A NO SHOW MUSEUM EXHIBITION HOSTED BY WOLFART PROJECT SPACE, ROTTERDAM, 08/2015
A NO SHOW MUSEUM EXHIBITION HOSTED BY KLING – MUSIC AND ARTS FESTIVAL, SCHLOSS GEYSO, MANSBACH (GER), 08/2015
A NO SHOW MUSEUM EXHIBITION HOSTED BY MUSEUM STRAUHOF, ZURICH (CH): NOTHING BY ROBERT BARRY, IRMA BLANK, CEAL FLOYER, YVES KLEIN AND ROBERT RAUSCHENBERG, 07/2015
A NO SHOW MUSEUM EXHIBITION HOSTED BY DOING NOTHING FESTIVAL, KABINETT DER VISIONÄRE, CHUR, 06/2015
A NO SHOW MUSEUM EXHIBITION HOSTED BY THE INSTITUTE, ZURICH, 05/2015
SOUNDS OF NOTHING (installation)
Sounds of space from NASA. The sounds are radio transmissions collected from various interplanetary spacecraft in the solar system, converted to audio, edited by Ben Moore.
THE ART OF NOTHING presented by ANDREAS HEUSSER (lecture / talk)
Introduction to the Art of Nothing of the 20th and 21st centuries by Andreas Heusser, Chief Curator of the No Show Museum.
NIK BÄRTSCH PLAYS NOTHING (concert)
Critically acclaimed Swiss composer and pianist Nik Bärtsch is considered to be the "Zen-Master of Jazz". Exclusively for the opening of the museum he played nothing!
Prof. Dr. BEN MOORE: THE SCIENCE OF NOTHING (leture / talk)
Introduction to the thinking of nothing in science and research by Ben Moore, Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Zurich and Director of Centre for Theoretical Astrophysics.
COMPANY OF DANCERS ZURICH PERFORMS NOTHING
Dance performance in total darkness by Daniell Ficola, Anna Degen, Linda Nussbaumer, Max Guenin and Luca Häseli, led by renowned choreographer Paula Lansley (GB).
SELECTED NOTHING FILMS presented by DENIS HANDSCHIN
Swiss conceptual artist and Director of "Doing Nothing Festival" Denis Handschin presents a selection of short films about (doing) nothing.
"Display:None" – Exhibition of nothing in the CentrePasquArt and in particular streets in Biel/Bienne as part of the final exhibition of the Masterclass in Contemporary Arts Practice, from 20 June to 23 June, 2013 .
On the exhibition sites, there were no signs indicating the work, neither texts nor any other form of explanation, and the artist was not showing up for the exhibition.
Photos: Livio Baumgartner
F+F Schule, Zürich, 10/2011
Tableaux Vivants sujets Nr. 2 and 3. Lifesize digital prints, plaster, montage on wall, scrawled over with grafitti spray by the opening audience.
"Tableaux Vivants" was a happening performed in the streets of Zurich 2010 and 2011: Voluntary by-passers obey to seemingly harmless instructions while they reenact unknowingly the famous torture scenes of the Abu Ghraib scandal. The Swiss photographer Désirée Good takes pictures of the "living pictures" performed by the by-passers, afterwards the images are sold as postcards at a nearby souvenir corner.
Art Basel, 06/2011
"CHASOS" – Satirical and subversive actions and interventions with numerous participants, 3.5. to 19.6.2011. launch of
the fictional organization "Christian humanitarian asylum-self-help organization" (CHASOS); national campaign (posters, brochure, website, videos, TV,
blogs and newspapers), national petition for ‚art displacement‘, performances with the fictional character pastor Wilfried Stocher, implementation of the installation "refugee camp Halle32" at the SWISS ART AWARDS-exhibition during ART BASEL.
TV-Documentation: ARD Tagesthemen | SWR