Art Basel opened today!
Since its debut in 1970, Art Basel has become the Modern and contemporary art world’s premier platform with annual art shows sited on three continents—Europe (Basel), North America (Miami), and Asia (Hong Kong)—Art Basel is the only art show with such global reach.
Located in the heart of Europe, the annual Art Basel (June 18-21, 2015) show brings together more than 300 leading galleries from around the world, creating the leading international art show of its kind for Modern and contemporary art. Special sectors structure the show, providing different presentation formats for galleries and artists, alongside special sectors overseen by leading international curators.
Eight show sectors (Galleries, Feature, Statements, Edition, Unlimited, Parcours, Film, Magazine) offer a diverse collection of artworks, including pieces by established artists and newly emerging artists, curated projects, site-specific experiential work, and film.
In the main sector of the show, the Galleries sector, will feature a strong list of 223 galleries. The returning exhibitors will be joined by three galleries, Rodeo (Istanbul, London), Take Ninagawa (Tokyo) and Vilma Gold (London), who will exhibit within the sector for the first time.
The Feature sector emphasizes precisely curated projects that may include solo presentations by an individual artist, or juxtapositions and thematic exhibits from artists representing a range of cultures, generations, and artistic approaches. This year includes a presentation by Luxembourg & Dayan (New York, London) of works by Michelangelo Pistoletto, ‘La Gabbia’ and ‘Mobili Capovolti’. James Cohan Gallery (New York, Shanghai) will show a selection of post-war Avant Garde iconic works by John Cage, and Borzo Gallery (Amsterdam) will present a rare and previously unseen collection by Constant, drawn from the artist’s ‘New Babylon’ series of work based on his vision of a utopian anti-capitalist city. For a more classical sight, Galerie Georges-Philippe & Nathalie Vallois (Paris) will show a series of important art historical pieces from Nouveau Réalisme and the French Avant Gardes of the 1960s, including works by François Dufrêne, Daniel Spoerri, Jacques Villeglé, Jean Tinguely, Martial Raysse, Alain Jacquet, Niki de Saint Phalle, Yves Klein and Arman.
Statements sector presents exciting new solo projects by young, emerging artists and each year two outstanding artists in this sector are awarded the Baloise Art Prize. Statements will include a presentation by Laura Bartlett Gallery (London) of Solo for Rich Man, a major new film by British artist Beatrice Gibson.Société (Berlin) will show an installation by the New York-based artist Bunny Rogers, a series of objects relating to the idea of mourning the death of a fictional character, and a homage to Michael Scofield from the TV series ‘Prison Break’. RaebervonStenglin (Zurich) will show a site-specific project by Raphael Hefti, which will see the Swiss artist produce aluminium sculptures onsite that will be installed and operated throughout the duration of the show.
Unlimited sector will showcase a strong selection of works by renowned international artists including Ai Weiwei, Kenneth Anger, John M. Armleder, Ed Atkins, Kader Attia, Julius von Bismarck, Martin Boyce, Martin Creed, Olafur Eliasson, Hans- Peter Feldmann, Dan Flavin, Gilbert & George, John Gerrard, Shilpa Gupta, Jeppe Hein, Robert Irwin, Jannis Kounellis, Ryan McGinley, Bruce Nauman, Roman Ondák, Pedro Reyes, David Shrigley, Gary Simmons, Lorna Simpson, Sturtevant and Zhang Enli.
Parcours is the sector which engages the city’s historical quarters with site-specific sculptures, interventions, and performances by renowned international artists and emerging talents. Parcours is curated by Florence Derieux and is open to the public.
The Film sector presents a premier program of film and video works, selected for the first time by Cairo-based film curator and lecturer Maxa Zoller.
In Magazine sector art publications from around the world display their magazines in single-magazine stands or the collective booth. Editors and publishers are often present at the show and many magazines contribute presentations to our Salon series, a schedule of presentations, lectures, and discussions by a range of speakers. For this year’s edition, 25 single magazine booths and one collective magazine booth will display a total of 94 individual magazines from 20 different countries.
June 18-21, 2015