Reopens in Geneva soon

James Lee Byars
Réunion Zurich
Mar 2014

On opening night of James Lee Byars’ 1978 solo show at the Kunsthalle Bern, the museum was hushed and abandoned; a note on the front door read, “We are at the Restaurant Commerce.” No attendees were expected—Byars’ work was considered too eccentric—so the artist and his colleagues decamped to a nearby restaurant. This anecdote inspired the Réunion happening, for which Byars’ exhibition was reinstalled and the restaurant was re-created.  A throwback to a late-blooming art legend.

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Conceived by Sandino Scheidegger and Andreas Wagner.