“Swim City” at S AM Basel

‘Swim City’ is the first exhibition to draw attention to a particular contemporary phenomenon in urban space: river swimming as a mass movement. Swiss cities have played a pioneering role in the development of this activity in the last few decades, gradually making the river accessible as a natural public space in the built environment.


Flussschwimmen / river swimming, Zürich / Zurich © Lucía de Mosteyrín Muñoz


This has allowed for the river to become a place of leisure located right in front of one’s doorstep. The rest of the world looks on in awe at this bathing culture.


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“Swim City”
25 May – 29 September, 2019
S AM Swiss Architecture Museum
Steinenberg 7, 4001 Basel


Here, cities abroad see an example of how they can reclaim their river areas as a spatial resource, so as to sustainably improve the quality of urban life. The exhibition shows the unique characteristics and historic development of river swimming in Basel, Bern, Zurich and Geneva. An immersive film installation allows visitors to experience these four cities from the perspective of a swimmer in the river. In addition, the exhibition presents contemporary river-swimming projects from around the world: Flussbad Berlin, POOL IS COOL (Brüssel), Thames Baths (London), Ilot Vert (Paris), Charles River Swimming Initiative (Boston) and +POOL (New York).


+Pool © Family New York, courtesy Friends of +POOL


The exhibition is curated by: Barbara Buser, Andreas Ruby, Yuma Shinohara, Film installation: Jürg Egli.


+Pool, Collage © Family New York, courtesy Friends of +POOL

POOL IS COOL, Guerilla-Schwumm / Guerilla swim © Paul Steinbrück / POOL IS COOL

Ilot Vert, Prototyp / prototype © Ilot Vert

Ilot Vert, Rendering © Ilot Vert

Flussbad Berlin, Ansicht des Schwimmbereichs / view of the swimming area © realities:united / Flussbad Berlin e.V.

Flussbad Berlin, Axonometrie / axonometric plan © realities:united / Flussbad Berlin e.V.

Kamerafloss / camera float, Basel Making Of Film © Jürg Egli

POOL IS COOL, Aktion / action «North Beach» © Paul Steinbrück / POOL IS COOL

Kamerafloss / camera float, Basel Making Of Film © Nora Wüthrich

POOL IS COOL, Installation «The Biggest Pool» © Paul Steinbrück / POOL IS COOL

Thames Baths, City Hall Baths © Studio Octopi & Picture Plane

Thames Baths, South Bank Baths © Studio Octopi & Picture Plane


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