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.