MBCBFTW - My Boyfriend Came Back From the War
Pfoto: Franz Wamhof


From 21.01.2016 - 20.03.2016, the exhibition at the House of Electronic Arts Basel presented works that refer to 'MBCBFTW' - «My Boyfriend Came Back from the War» - by Olia Lialina and illustrate the development of the World Wide Web as a medium and technology. One of the central works of artistic practice on the Internet in the 1990s is the work MBCBFTW by the Russian artist Olia Lialina, which celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2016. The work had a pioneering character - as an interactive narrative as well as a net art work. It thematized the story of two people who tried to talk to each other about war after a war. Andreas Wenger was invited to develop the exhibition design in close collaboration with Olia Lialina and Sabine Himmelsbach. The two-dimensional white framing of the interactive contents appearing on a black background which is typical for the MBCBFTW work was spatially translated into the supporting structure of the HEK exhibition space. 13 of 27 works collected by Olia Lialina in her private archive under the title «The Last Real Net Art Museum», which she selected as a remix, were grouped in the exhibition space around the central work MBCBFTW from 2006. As part of the exhibition the publication «My Boyfriend Came Back from The War - online since 1996» was published which, in addition to the documentation of the works presented, contains central essays on the development of net culture and artistic practice on the Internet.

House of Electronic Arts Basel, HeK

Conception, planning
Andreas Wenger

Sabine Himmelsbach, Director HeK
Olia Lialina, Artist
Alexandra Adler, HeK
Michel Winterberg, HeK