ArtBasel 2017, the most important contemporary art fair will take place in Basel, Switzerland between June 15th and 18th. The fair will accommodate 291galleries from all over the world, representing more than 4 000 artists. Visitors will discover a myriad of modern and contemporary pieces, including paintings, sculptures, installations, engravings, photographs, videos and digital art.
Curated by New York-based curator Gianni Jetzer, Unlimited is ArtBasel’s pioneering exhibition platform for projects that transcend the classical art-show stand, including massive sculptures and paintings, video projections, large-scale installations, and live performances. Projects from established and historical artists are precisely curated by gallerists in the Feature sector. Projects may include solo presentations, juxtapositions, and thematic exhibits from artists representing a wide range of cultures, generations, and artistic approaches.
About 100,000 visitors are expected in just 4 days. The first day of the event will be dedicated to collectors, who will go to the auctions, trying to obtain the best pieces at “reduced” prices of tens or hundreds of thousands of euros, even reaching million dollar transactions. Alongside ArtBasel, other fairs have been emerging over the years such as Volta, Liste or Scope and even one specializing in younger artists, Rhy Art Fair, dedicated to new artists and a a place to find real bargains. Basel will become the world’s art capital for a week, eclipsing the Venice Biennale or even the Documenta 14, a contemporary art expo that has just opened and is celebrated every five years in Kassel, Germany.
Furthermore, a broad collection of remarkable books on modern and contemporary art from the world’s leading editors will be available for the public to browse and buy. The bookstores can be found in the entrance areas of Room 1 and Room 2.
Latin American artists at ArtBasel
In the main section, Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel (São Paulo / Rio de Janerio) will exhibit crochet artwork by Ernesto Neto (Brazil, 1964) and large scale sculptures by Erika Verzutti (Brazil, 1971), while kurimanzutto (of Mexico City) will show the works of artists like Jimmie Durham, Gabriel Orozco, Anri Sala and Rirkrit Tiravanija, the latter with his piece: “Trump rises to power today before a world on a state of alert”.
Chilean Felipe Mujica (1974) at the von Bartha Gallery in London will also be present, with a group of “curtains” resume his project exhibited at the 32nd Biennial of São Paulo in 2016. The cloth panels, to beexhibited in a stand in the form of mobile or interactive installations, were created in a collaboration with the Bordadeiras do Jardim Conceição group, formed by a group of forty residents of the neighborhood of Osasco, Brazil.
Other Latin American artists at the fair include: Vik Muniz (Brazil, 1955), at Sikkema Jenkins & Co; Juan Araujo (Venezuela, 1971), Lucia Laguna (Brazil, 1941) and Rosângela Rennó (Brazil, 1962), at Cristina Guerra Contemporary Art (Lisboa); Iñaki Bonillas (Mexico, 1981), at ProjecteSD (Barcelona); Vivian Suter (Argentina, 1949), at Karma International (Zurich/Los Angeles); Fernando Bryce (Peru, 1965) and Doris Salcedo (Colombia, 1958), at Alexander & Bonin (Nueva York); Angel Otero (Puerto Rico, 1981), at Lehmann Maupin (Nueva York); and Julio Le Parc (Argentina, 1928), with his great installation La Longue Marche (1974), at Galerie Perrotin (Paris/Hong Kong/Seoul/Nueva York).
To ensure your safety and comfort at our Basel show, please be aware of the following and prepare accordingly:
• For safety and security reasons, all visitors and their belongings are subject to a thorough inspection before entering the show premises.
• Backpacks, suitcases and trolleys of any size are not allowed.
• Bags, briefcases and similar items larger than 16″ x 8″ x 16″ (40 x 20 x 40 cm) must be deposited either at the Coat Check in the Welcome Lounge (Hall 5) or in Hall 1.
• Only one bag per person is allowed.
• Personal/- non-professional use photography is permitted, however it must be conducted without disruption to the galleries or visitors, and with the safety of the artworks in mind.
• Dogs and other pets are not permitted in the exhibition halls, with the exception of certified service animals for visitors with disabilities.
• Please note that press and promotional photography and filming are taking place on the premises. Attendance at the fair implies permission for your image to be used for non-commercial purposes (including media reports).
• Smoking or vaping is not permitted on the show premises.
Basel is home to 37 museums, an extraordinary number for a city of its size. In addition to its world-famous institutions, major public artworks include Richard Serra’s monumental sculpture ‘Intersection’ and Jean Tinguely’s whimsical fountain, a collection of fanciful, water-spitting sculptures.
Presentations and conversations
Art Basel hosts a series of conversations on topics concerning the global contemporary art scene. Conversations offers a platform for dynamic dialogues between prominent members of the international artworld, each offering their unique perspective on producing, collecting, and exhibiting art. The series include artist talks, panels, and discussions with a range of speakers including artists, gallerists, curators, collectors, architects, art lawyers, critics, and many other cultural players. Conversations is programmed by Mari Spirito, Founding Director of Protocinema, Istanbul/New York.