The Art MenuBasel for art lovers
On June 19th, Art Basel, the most important fair for contemporary art, is opening its gates for the 45th edition of the fair in its Swiss hometown. After Hong Kong (in May this year) and just before Miami (in December 2014) Basel metamorphoses into a creative medley and plays host to over 300 carefully selected exhibitors of well-known galleries from all over the world for four days. The crowd coming to see them will consist of an international audience of collectors, curators and art enthusiasts. So you can keep track of everything that is happening, we have arranged a little “art menu” in which we present the highlights at and around the fairground.
Main Course – the main fairground
At the Art Basel everyone will get their money worth: eight sectors covering different core themes will be waiting to be discovered. “Magazine”, for example, will have numerous print products on display that can be browsed through and their editors and authors will be available for a chat. At the Stadtkino Basel on the other hand – where the “Movie” sector of the fair will be located – several works of and about remarkable artists will be presented.
Worth seeing in particular will also be Parcours: Florence Derieux, art historian and curator, will curate for a second time this series of extraordinary contemporary sculptures, installations and productions, located at historical places in the old part of Kleinbasel.
As in previous years, Unlimited, the platform for special projects will be a highlight: As part of this major show, 60 to 70 artists will be experimenting with new presentation techniques and will be pushing the limitations of a traditional art-fair stand with their impressive large-scale artworks.
The exhibition project 14 Rooms also deserves to be placed on top of the to-do list. Two of the most famous curators worldwide – Klaus Biesenbach, Director of the New York Art Center MoMA PS1, and Hans Ulrich Obrist, Co-director of London Serpentine Gallery among other things – have invited 14 international artists, including Marina Abramović, Ed Atkins, Damien Hirst and Xu Zhen, to decorate one room each with performative works. The hall design of “14 Rooms” was designed by renowned Basel architects Herzog & de Meuron.
Side Dishes – exhibitions outside the fairground
During Art Basel, all of the city’s activities will all be dedicated to the art – from the market hall over the harbor area right up to bars and restaurants in the old part of town.
Selection: At the Basel Art Center, just a few minutes from the main fairground, selected galleries will be presenting over 200 contemporary art pieces in a more personal fair concept: Selection Art Fair is the smallest among the recognized adjacent fairs of the Art Basel, where artworks are not showcased in large exhibition halls but rather in small-sized, easy to manage rooms.
Liste: Named as one of the most important platforms for a new, self-confident generation of rising galleries, this years “Liste” presents works from over 180 artists coming from more than 30 countries. Apart from the gallery exhibitions, solo presentations as well as performance projects are also part of the program.
For all those who cannot take part in the big show, there is art that can be consumed at home: the recently published book “Art Basel | Year 44“ celebrates the launch of the newly acquired Art Basel Edition Hong Kong in the past year – being already the third location for the show. Apart from photos, interviews and essays, the publication also includes personal highlights of artists, curators, collectors, museum directors and other experts from the international arts scene.
Art Basel has also its very own Youtube Channel on which the latest talks and news from the fair can be watched.
PS: We have also received some very personal tips for the next visit to Basel from Mateo Kries, Director of the Vitra Design Museum.