As one of the most prestigious art fairs in the world, Art Basel attracts art enthusiasts from all over the world annually.
The 49th edition of the fair has got a great deal to offer, with 291 of the world’s leading galleries which are set to show works of over 4,000 artists and a program brimming with exhibitions, talks and events happening in Basel and the surrounding areas in parallel to the fair, it is sure to be an exciting jam-packed week.
With an array of things to see and do, Selections has put together a round-up selection to highlight some of the must-sees before and during the fair.
Prefer your art a bit more on the interactive side and outdoors? Head to Augusta Raurica, a Roman archeological site and open-air museum located near the Rhine river, to experience Hek’s “Voice Theatre.”
The Mexican-Canadian artist, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer has created a site-specific and interactive installation which invites visitors to record their ideas in the form of voices that reverberate through the theatre accompanied by a choreographed light and sound display.
You’ll want to head to the Parcours opening. For its ninth edition, the Parcours sector will transform a variety of unique locations in the greater Münsterplatz area, which happens to be situated near the scenically stunning Basel Cathedral, through site-specific sculptures, interventions and performances.
For all you nocturnal fairgoers, Parcours Night, taking place on June 16 from 7 pm to midnight will provide you with a unique and lively evening program full of live performances across Münsterplatz, and there will be food and drinks available from various food trucks in case you get a bit peckish.
If you can’t make the opening, you’ll still have plenty to see, as there are 22 artistic interventions by internationally renowned and emerging artists planned running through till the end of the fair.
Known for her roaming series of experimental film screenings, curator Maxa Zoller has put together a week-long program of films by and about artists.
Looking for Oum Kulthum, has been described as a “film within a film,” and portrays a fictional Iranian artist living in exile on a quest to tell the real life story of the iconic Eyptian singer Oum Kulthum.
The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Shirin Neshat and Marcy Goldberg.
Heather Lenz: Kusama – Infinity, is another must-see. The feature documentary portrays the eccentric Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama’s chaotic quest to achieve international fame, tracing her journey from a conservative upbringing in rural Japan to her rise to celebrity in America during the 1960s, when she battled sexism and racism.
The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Heather Lenz and Marian Masone.
The Artist and the Gallerist
Offering a candid and informal conversation, about the unique relationship between the gallerist, Kamel Mennour and the artist Mohamed Bourouissa, they will discuss about how they met, how they came to work together and how their relationship has changed over time, moderated by Alexie Glass- Kantor, the executive director of Artspace, Sydney.
Activating Public Spaces
Inviting us to rethink notions of “self” and “community” in a public space, artists, Isabel Lewis, Enrique Fontanilles and Senam Okudzeto will address the ways in which their lives and practices create awareness of the active role we, as citizens, have to intervene with and alter any given urban environment.
The discussion will be moderated by Elvira Dyangani Ose, Senior Curator and Lecturer in Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths University in London.
Performance on Transitions #4 by Naama Tsabar
New York-based artist Naama Tsabar along with fellow musicians will choreograph an energized sensual encounter that investigates the underlying themes of intimacy, performativity, sexuality and excess.
SALTS Opening and Garden Party
Take a breather from all the creative commotion, and stop by the SALTS Opening and Garden Party to celebrate the opening of the solo shows by Mexican artist Rodrigo Hernandez, British- Punjabi artist Bhanu Kapil and Palestinian artist Jumana Manna.
The Galleries sector is one of the cornerstones of the fair. Visitors will have the opportunity to discover modern and contemporary art from an elite selection of the world’s leading galleries.
Selections is pleased to announce that two Middle-Eastern galleries , Dubai’s The Third Line and Sfeir-Semler galleries will be participating in the fair this year.
For more information about the fair’s full program visit: www.artbasel.com/basel
Art Basel 2018 takes place in Basel, Switzerland and runs from June 14 through to June 17.