New York Moments
Rudy Burckhardt
Mikael Levin

The Solo Project 09

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puce Press Release

St Jakobshalle
Bürglingerstrasse 19-21
4052 Basel (Switzerland)

June 8 to 14.


Gilles Peyroulet & Cie is pleased to present a two-person show at The Solo Project 09 with a curated show of Rudy Burckhardt (1914-1999) and Mikael Levin (*1954).

Both have created photographic works using the city of New York as subject.

This show will propose Rudy Burckhardt's vintage prints from the 40's and Mikael Levin's recent Works plus a recent movie called Pause.

This two-person's show will be a dialog between two artists who never met, but both focus their photographs on the same specific point of view of the city.


Burckhardt is best known as a photographer and filmmaker whose sixty-year career spanned generations and witnessed the rise of Abstract Expressionism and the New York School.

Focusing on his first decade in New York after arriving from Basel, Switzerland in 1935, the photographs are a testament to his fascination with the city. Burckhardt talking about his response to New York once explained : What I love about New York is that it just grew up widly. Everyone tried to make a bigger building than the guy before him. There was no design, it just happened.

Robert Storr wrote : No one has recorded the tempo of New York life more attentively or accurately. Still photography has never moved so much as it does in Burckhardt's images.

His photographs are included in the collection of The Museum of Modern Art, New York - The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York as many others.

His work is published in many books and catalogues including New York Moments, Kustmuseum Basel, 2006.

Rudy Burckhardt was born in Basel in 1914, moved to USA in 1934 and died in US in 1999.


Mikael Levin' s work often focuses on questions of place and time, identity and memory.

For Solo Project, Mikael Levin propose a body of recent works called Last Window Pictures as well as images from the window of his studio from 2007 to 2009.

Started those three years ago, with the time-lapse and as a counter-part to Walking City (Walking City being out in the Streets, those being inside looking out). Gradually they became about in-between, the boundary between inside and out. In the last ones, I am playing with the relationship on the window frame and the paper's surface vs the glass surface, wrote Levin in recent notes.

The show will include a new movie called Pause based on the view from the window of the artist's studio in Chelsea.

Levin's work is included in many leading collections in US and Europe, including The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The International Center of Photography and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, The Pompidou Center and Bibliotheque Nationale of France as well as the Israel Museum (Jerusalem), Moderna Museet (Stockholm) or Victoria and Albert Museum (London).

His most recent project Cristina's History, still on view at Le Point du Jour, Cherbourg, France is based on the story of a branch of his family (from Poland to Portugal to Guinee-Bissau) as metaphor of the dashed but indefeated hopes of modernity. This exhibition will travel to Portugal (Berardo Museum), Paris (2010) and US.

Mikael Levin was born in New York in 1954 where he currently lives.