ARENA FOR A TREE, Basel 2021 / Zurich 2022
A walk-in art intervention by Klaus Littmann from 27 April to 6 June 2021 at Münsterplatz Basel, presented by Kulturstiftung Basel H. Geiger. In Basel, everything is concentrated on one single tree, whereas in Klagenfurt 299 trees filled the pitch of the Wörthersee stadium. With the intervention «Arena for a Tree», Littmann continues his presentation of Max Peintner’s idea from the early 1970s, which he began in 2019 with "For Forest - The Unending Attraction of Nature". The work challenges our perception and sharpens our perspective on the future in relation to mankind and nature. The tree itself – mainplayer in this walk-in art installation in the center of Basel’s Münsterplatz – represents the forest. It is a symbol for nature and its preservation, a stark ambassador in kind and a testimonial for this exhibition cycle. The «Arena for a Tree» is part of the exhibition «Tree Connections» which will be on view from May 11 to July 11 2021. Accompanying the exhibition is an extensive catalog published by Hatje Cantz as well as a diverse public program.
translation not available – César - Un mois de lecture des Bâlois, 1996
translation not available – Durch seine Kompressionen ist César zum Meister der künstlerischen Wiederverwertung industrieller Produkte geworden. Angezettelt von Klaus Littmann präsentierte César in Komplizenschaft mit Peter Knapp und Littmann den Besuchern der ART Basel, 1996, "die Monatslektüre der Basler“, eine gigantische Mauer von 720 Tonnen Ballen aus Papier zu Wiederverwertung. Gelesenes und Ungelesenes eines ganzen Monats, Tages-, Wochen- und Monatsblätter. Fünf Blöcke 5m x 6m x 7m gestapelte Ballen zu je 144 Tonnen. Es wurde im Gesamtwerk von César das grösste Kunstwerk und war dazu die Krönung der 100-Jahr-Feier der Altpapierfirma Robert Lottner AG, Basel.
"FOR FOREST – The Unending Attraction of Nature", a temporary Art Intervention by Klaus Littmann. 2019
"FOR FOREST – The Unending Attraction of Nature" was a temporary art intervention by Klaus Littmann that transformed the Wörthersee football stadium in Klagenfurt into Austria’s largest public art installation from 8 September – 27 October 2019. We would like to thank all our partners, employees, facilitators, supporters, tree adopters, sponsors, all clever minds and diligent hands who have made possible the largest art intervention in public space ever realised in Austria. But above all we would like to thank more than 200’000 visitors! PART OF FOR FOREST were more than 40 organizers with almost 150 events that attracted over 40,000 visitors. We would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere thanks to all the institutions that have enlivened Klagenfurt in the two months with the FOR FOREST supporting program! "FOR FOREST – The Unending Attraction of Nature" is listed among the THE BEST PUBLIC ART of 2019 by Artsy, Dezeen's TOP 10 INSTALLATIONS of 2019, designboom's TOP 10 large-scale artworks of 2019, Hypebeast's TOP 10 ART MOMENTS OF 2019 and the best photos of the art year 2019 from Monopol. Over 80 countries covered FOR FOREST.
The Big Still Life, Museum Tinguely, Basel 2004
The exhibition Das grosse Stilleben (The Big Still Life) – Le Petit Grand-Magasin features a department store in Mugron in southern France that has survived largely intact some 30 years after it was closed.
Punktleuchten, Basel 2004
With their situational installations, 22 national and international artists have transformed the premises of the former Basel tourist office - the future extension of the Three Kings Hotel on the Rhine - into an urban narrative space for various types of artistic and cultural expression. Punktleuchten brings together ideas, imagination and intervention and, with specific references to place, time and perception, has produced a panorama of contemporary art forms. It goes straight to the heart of the debate on ubaneness, anonymity, architecture and alienation, provoking new insights and a fresh outlook. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue.
Engel, Basel Cathedral, 2002
A temporary art intervention by Tazro Niscino and Klaus Littmann. Over 30,000 visitors climbed the Basel Cathedral during six weeks to visit an angel in his living room. Tazro Niscino, Japanese artist and Klaus Littmann, created this installation. The little angel is a barely visible weathervane on the cathedral, which Niscino took out of homelessness and created a home for him. Thus our perception and our consciousness changed towards the legendary and hopeful angelic worlds in the cosmos of God. All the more so because Niscino, as a Japanese, was able to deal with the subject of the religious and sacred in an unbiased way.