SCIENCE FICTION thematic exhibition

Harald Szeemann, curator, director of the Bern Kunsthalle (CHE) from 1961 to 1969 exhibition presented at :

– Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, chief curator François Mathey, November 1967 – February 1968

– Düsseldorf  Kunsthalle, Germany,   March – May 1968

This exhibition is special because it was designed and produced by Harald Szeeman, who was 34 years old in 1967 and will become an extraordinary curator of exhibitions.The subject of Science Fiction was both fashionable but unimaginable, at that time, let it be presented in a museum, a cultural institution.

Harald Szeemann created an exhibition which was a kind of visual and sound show, presenting without any gender hierarchy around 4,000 pieces : toys, robots, comic book covers from various countries, books and illustrations from various centuries, stamps, musical scores, advertising posters, fashion creations, excerpts from films, architectural projects, cartoons…and works by artists : Agam, Edmund Alleyn, Antonio Dias, Erro, Piero Gilardi, Klaus Geissler, Paul van Hoeydonck, Tetsumi Kudo, Piotr Kowalski, Roy Lichtenstein, Liliane Lijn, Robert Malaval, Hans Walter Müller, Bernard Rancillac, Markus Rätz, Martial Raysse, Dorothée Selz, Tajiri, Takis…

Here photos of the 2 works by Dorothée Selz exhibited in Paris and Düsseldorf.
Science Fiction I & II, 1967
Diameter 150 cm / 59 inch.
Materials: wooden support, photographs of comic book collages, aluminum foil, hemp fibers.

Portait of Dorothée Selz, 1967
© Photo Antoni Miralda

Szeemann’s non-conformist spirit is visible in this Science Fiction exhibition, helped by the writer & SF collector Pierre Versins : a spirit of openness, a passion for inviting the public to discover creations of all types, unknown or known artists of several generations, dare to show popular objects without hierarchy alongside works from various backgrounds. He liked to illustrate a theme with intensity, to evoke utopia.

The following year in 1969, Szeemann presented at the Bern Kunsthalle the innovative exhibition where the creative process of the artists is shown as a work of art:
When attitudes become form – Live in your head – works – concepts – processes – situations – information