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Chiara Bersani, Gentle Unicorn. Photo: Alice Brazzit

Kunsthaus Baselland

Chiara Bersani. Deserters

Today: 11.00 AM - 6.00 PM

27 October 2023 - 07 January 2024

Deserters is a live installation by Chiara Bersani (b. 1984, San Rocco al Porto, IT) consisting of a performance interpreted by three performers with motor impairments and a large environment in which bodies meet and interact without any aid, leaving traces of their movement. Deserters addresses the issues of vulnerability and interdependence, interweaving the languages of visual art and performance, welcoming the audience into an immersive scenic environment that undermines those stereotypes related to the spheres of intimacy, identity, and sexuality that frequently affect people with disabilities. Through this work, Chiara Bersani questions new relational practices that take into account plural prerogatives and investigates—from an aesthetic perspective rooted in proximity and relationality—the broad concept of accessibility, accounting for the political valence of disabled bodies that, after having suffered a violent increase in situations of segregation during the pandemic, here regain space through the unveiling and sharing of sonorities and chants of pleasure. The work will be produced during the artist’s residency in Bergamo, which will conclude with an evening event when the public will be able to attend the final rehearsal of the performance in preparation for its debut/premiere at the Kunsthaus Baselland, which will host Bersani’s first solo exhibition in a European institution.

Deserters is the winning project of the 11th edition of the Italian Council, the program aimed at supporting Italian contemporary art in the world promoted by the Directorate General for Contemporary Creativity within the Italian Ministry of Culture.
Curator: Lorenzo Giusti, Direktor GAMeC Bergamo und Ines Goldbach

Chiara Bersani, Gentle Unicorn. Photo: Alice Brazzit

Kunsthaus Baselland

OpenClosed | 11.00 AM - 6.00 PM

Helsinki-Strasse 5,  4142  Münchenstein/Basel

Kunsthaus Baselland. Foto: Finn Curry

Opening Hours

Mo Closed  |  Tu 11.00 AM - 6.00 PM  |  We 11.00 AM - 6.00 PM  |  Th 11.00 AM - 8.00 PM  |  Fr 11.00 AM - 6.00 PM  |  Sa 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM  |  Su 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM

The Kunsthaus Baselland is closed during the installing of exhibitions. Please find corresponding information at


The Kunsthaus Baselland is among the leading exhibition spaces for regional, national and international contemporary art in the Basel region. A special focus is put on artist of different age groups, which are working in Basel as well as on international working artists, which are working explicit with the place and the architecture of the Kunsthaus. Partially first big individual exhibitions for invited artists will be realized.


Adults: CHF 12.-
Reduced admission: CHF 9.-
BaselCard, Baselland Gästepass+: CHF 6.-

Free admission:
Member Kunstverein Baselland
Member selected partner institutions
Children up to the age of 18
Oberrheinischer Museumspass
Students Kunsthistorisches Seminar Uni Basel
Students Schule für Gestaltung Basel
Students HGK Institute Art Gender Nature
Refugees with residency status F, N, B* und S
IV + 1 accompanying person
Arts press

colourkey Free admission

Museums-PASS-Musées Free admission


From SBB train station
About 15 minutes from SBB: Tram no. 11 in the direction of Aesch BL, Dorf to the Freilager stop. Cross the Freilager-Platz and the platform of the HEK (House of Electronic Arts)

From Badischer Bahnhof (German train station)
Bus 36 in the direction of Schifflände, get off at the Dreispitz stop, walk to Kunsthaus Baselland or take tram no. 11 in the direction of Aesch BL, Dorf and get off at the Freilager stop.

By car, A2
Exit Basel Süd/St. Jakob, at the intersection continue straight on Brüglingerstrasse in the direction of Dreispitz, turn left onto Münchensteinerstrasse, then turn right onto Florenz-Strasse and left onto Frankfurter-Strasse to the Ruchfeld parking garage. Follow the signs for "Kunsthaus Baselland".

By car, A18
Exit Bottmingen / Münchenstein, turn left onto Münchensteinerstrasse, turn right towards Basel, turn left onto Florenz-Strasse and turn left again onto Frankfurter-Strasse to the Ruchfeld parking garage. Follow the signs to "Kunsthaus Baselland".

In the Ruchfeld parking garage, Frankfurt-Strasse 37, 4142 Münchenstein.

Kunsthaus Baselland


13 April 2024 - 18 August 2024

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