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Art Basel | 15.06.-18.06.2023

Editors’ Choice

Art Basel announces highlights for this year’s edition, including large-scale installations in the Unlimited sector, site-specific art projects in Basel’s public spaces as part of Parcours and, for the first time for the Basel show, the Kabinett sector, in which galleries present curated exhibitions within their exhibition stands.

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  • Unlimited – curated by Giovanni Carmine, director of the Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen – will present 76 large-scale projects by renowned and emerging artists
  • Parcours – curated by Samuel Leuenberger, founder of the Swiss non-profit exhibition spaces SALTS in Birsfelden and Country SALTS in Bennwil – will feature 24 site-specific art installations in public spaces around Münsterplatz and in Basel’s city centre
  • The cabinet sector with thematic presentations as part of the gallery stands will be presented for the first time this year at the Basel edition of the fair with 13 projects from 14 galleries
  • The free-admission Conversations series will bring together over 50 renowned figures from today’s cultural landscape in 12 panels
  • The film programme will feature a week of exceptional cinema, including retrospectives, documentaries and a special programme on sci-fi and magical realism
  • The exhibition square will feature a room-sized installation by renowned Moroccan artist Latifa Echakhch, curated by Samuel Leuenberger, curator of the Parcours Sector
  • Art Basel, whose Global Lead Partner is UBS, will take place at Messe Basel from 15 to 18 June 2023, with preview days on 13 and 14 June

Art Basel 2023 will feature 284 of the world’s leading galleries presenting works of the highest quality across all media, including painting, sculpture, photography and digital artworks. The 21 first-time participants will be joined by numerous returning international galleries. In addition to notable presentations in the Galleries, Feature, Statements and Edition sectors, Art Basel 2023 will feature 76 large-scale installations and performances in Unlimited, while the Cabinet sector will present curated exhibitions as part of the galleries’ exhibition stands for the first time at the Basel edition. 24 site-specific art projects as part of Parcours and Latifa Echakhch’s occupation of the Messeplatz will transform Basel’s public space and underline Art Basel’s ongoing commitment to dynamic public programming. Conversations, a series of talks free to the public, will explore themes of caring, collectivity and connectivity, while the film programme will present a unique selection of retrospectives, documentaries and a special programme on sci-fi and magic realism.

“We look forward to bringing the international art world together in Basel in June for another first-class edition of our fair, which will once again present ambitiously curated sectors both in the halls and throughout the city,” says Vincenzo de Bellis, Director, Fairs and Exhibition Platforms. “We are particularly pleased to introduce the Cabinet sector for the first time in Basel, which offers visitors the opportunity to delve deeper into the practice of art makers through targeted individual and themed presentations as part of the gallery stands. Unlimited returns with 76 exceptional projects and an ever-widening range of artistic positions that challenge and expand traditional narratives. Outside the halls, Parcours celebrates its biggest edition yet with 24 installations that explore the particularities of space and temporality.”

Unlimited
As Art Basel’s unique sector for large-scale projects, Unlimited offers galleries the opportunity to present monumental installations, sculptures, murals, photo series and video projections. Unlimited is curated for the third time by the director of the Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen, Giovanni Carmine.


Highlights of Unlimited include:

  • Firelei Báez’s project “the vast ocean of all possibilities (19°36’16.9 “N 72°13’07.0 “W / 41°30’32.3 “N 81°36’41.7 “W)” (2022) as part of an ongoing series in which the artist reinterprets the archaeological ruins of the San Souci Palace in northern Haiti. She reimagines the historical significance of Haiti and the Caribbean in general in counter-narratives of migration, revolution and survival. Presented by the James Cohan Gallery.
  • “How Did He Die (2016) by Diamond Stingily is a single-channel projection of footage of young Black girls playing call-and-response songs and dances. Viewers stand on one side of a chain-link fence installed in front of the wall covered with the film, implying a cultural, structural and temporal distance. Presented by Isabella Bortolozzi Gallery and Cabinet.
  • In Monica Bonvicini’s project Never Again (2005), a collection of swings made of steel pipes, black leather, belts and chains are suspended from a steel structure. Incorporating research on psychoanalysis, sexuality, labour, feminism and architecture, the work addresses how spaces dictate behaviour. Presented by Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, Peter Kilchmann Gallery and Krinzinger Gallery.
  • The participatory artwork “Environnement Chromointerférent (Paris)” (1974) by Carlos Cruz-Diez creates a virtual, non-material event in space to reveal the ambiguous nature of colour. Presented by Galleria Continua.
  • In Olaf Nicolai’s “Ménage de la maison” (2022), people sweep with a plastic broom while talking, humming or singing. The performance invites passers-by to pause and take a closer look at what is happening around them. Presented by the Eigen + Art Gallery.
  • The almost 9-metre-long monumental triptych “Memorial II (Triptych)” (2021) by Martha Jungwirth shows figures inspired by animals that have died in environmental disasters. The figures also refer to the sculptures found in Tutankhamun’s tomb, which were supposed to accompany him on his journey to the afterlife. Presented by Thaddaeus Ropac.
  • Khalil Rabah’s work “Relocation, Among Other Things” (2018) consists of several sculptural assemblages that explore nomadism and life in different countries and homelands. Presented by Sfeir-Semler Gallery.

Giovanni Carmine, Kurator von Unlimited, sagt:

“Unlimited serves as a space where art can unfold in its inherent power and social significance. It is truly inspiring to see how galleries and artists use the potential of this platform – a space in which new and context-specific productions are presented. In addition to well-known names such as Barbara Kruger, Bruce Nauman or Christian Marclay, visitors have the opportunity to encounter lesser-known artists such as Yuki Kimura or Firelei Báez, whose contributions captivate with their poetic precision. With a view to the special nature of Unlimited, we are looking forward to the discussions that will be triggered by the encounters between the artworks and the audience this year.” Art Basel’s Unlimited Night will once again take place on Thursday 15 June, giving visitors* the opportunity to experience the sector together with special performances during the extended opening hours.
For the full list of artists and galleries participating in Unlimited, please visit http://artbasel.com/basel/unlimited.

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Parcours
Parcours returns to Basel’s city centre with 24 site-specific projects and performances. This year’s edition of Parcours is themed “Word of Mouth” and reflects the current state of art-making as a means of expression that translates social and political communication. Parcours is curated by Samuel Leuenberger, founder of the Swiss non-profit exhibition spaces SALTS in Birsfelden and Country SALTS in Bennwil. Access to all Parcours projects is free of charge.

Parcours highlights include:

  • Laure Prouvost’s new video work “No More Front Tears” (2022), which deals with the migration of people, animals and plants. In her unique and poetic way, the artist invites the viewer to a deeper and contextualised engagement with questions of borders, migration and togetherness. Presented by carlier gebauer.
  • A selection of tapestries by Noa Eshkol in the Building and Transport Department of Basel-Stadt will enter into dialogue with dance compositions created by the artist in the mid to late 20th century. Presented by neugerriemschneider.
  • Julian Charrière’s Controlled Burn (2022), a new drone film, takes viewers on a cosmic journey through a landscape of pyrotechnics, coal mines, oil platforms and rusting power plants. On view in the lecture hall of the Kunstmuseum Basel, presented by Sean Kelly, Sies + Höke and Galerie Tschudi, with additional support from Dittrich & Schlechtriem.
  • Jacolby Satterwhite’s presentation explores themes of faith, mythology, rehabilitation and spiritual acceptance through two video installations, a virtual reality work and a painting. His works will be on display across two floors of the Museum of Cultures. Presented by Mitchell-Innes & Nash.
  • “Shhh!”, Luís Lázaro Matos’ intervention in the library of the Kunstmuseum Basel, subverts the strictures of public space as a place of knowledge. The work consists of a series of paintings depicting mythical hybrids of half-man and half-goat. The currency of desire that animates these creatures is determined by the fetish of exhibitionism and the consumption and destruction of knowledge. Presented by Madragoa.

Samuel Leuenberger, curator of Parcours, says: “From using the language of sculpture to convey a message to exploring the sonic textures of polyphony in immersive installations, this edition explores how artists have used both traditional and experimental forms of communication to better understand how we connect across dispersed geographies, time periods and contexts. Visitors will see how some of the city’s most unusual and best-kept secrets are revealed through a series of artistic projects. Locations include libraries, private meeting rooms in financial institutions, home gardens, underground tunnels, bars and even traffic roundabouts.” On Saturday 17 June, Parcours Night will once again offer a festive night of live performances around Minster Square from 6pm to 11pm. Participation is free of charge. Museums, institutions and other venues of Parcours projects will have extended opening hours to offer visitors* a unique experience. Food and drinks will be available from various food trucks on Münsterplatz.
For the full list of participating artists and galleries and more information, visit artbasel.com/basel/parcours.


Cabinet
The cabinet sector, dedicated to curated and themed presentations and shown as part of the galleries’ booths, makes its debut at the Basel edition of the fair with 13 presentations by 14 galleries.

Highlights of Cabinet include:

  • The series “Untitled (Map / Species)”, in which Anri Sala reworks maps of geopolitical areas through manual manipulation, deforming representations of topography to fit within the boundaries of the found reliefs of biological species with which they are displayed. Presented by Esther Schipper.
  • Hugh Steers’ paintings of allegorical representations capture the tenor of New York in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The presentation is the most comprehensive survey of the artist’s work in Europe to date and features intimate works full of poignant symbols of a life shaped by the constant threat of AIDS. Presented by Alexander Gray Associates.
  • Building on the concept of a Wunderkammer as a space containing a small universe, the works by Débora Arango, Feliza Bursztyn, Beatriz González, Luz Lizarazo, Luis Roldán and Icaro Zorbar question concepts such as art, mysticism, the realm of the feminine, the female body, transcendence, sustainability, human relationships and the mere act of seeing. Presented by Casas Riegner.
  • Henrik Håkansson’s work “Untitled Swarm (Sturnus vulgaris) #3” combines a biologist’s, anthropologist’s and artist’s interest in the environment and focuses on the process of carefully observing the daily wonders of nature. This mobile sculpture, heavily inspired by the works of Alexander Calder, is shown in dialogue with newly created paintings by the artist. Co-presented by Meyer Riegger and Galleria Franco Noero, long-time stand neighbours at Art Basel.

The complete list of participating artists and galleries and further information can be found at artbasel.com/basel/kabinett.

Messeplatz
The city’s Exhibition Square will host a site-specific presentation by Swiss-based Moroccan artist Latifa Echakhch, curated by Parcours curator Samuel Leuenberger. Echakhch, who represented Switzerland at the 59th Venice Biennale in 2022, has long worked with deconstructed stages – a symbol of rubble and ruins – to expose the hopes and possibilities they contain. A sprawling structure in the Exhibition Square will be the backdrop for a series of live concerts and performances organised in collaboration with Luc Meier, director of the La Becque Artist Residency. The musical performances question the fundamentals of sound and music-making as a shared experience between artist and audience. Beyond the performances, the various islands and stage settings will be available to the audience – to sing, recite poetry, share knowledge or simply come to rest.

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Film
The film programme presents a week of exceptional film projects by artists and is curated by Filipa Ramos, founding curator of the online video platform Vdrome and lecturer at the Art Institute of the FHNW in Basel, in collaboration with the independent curator Marian Masone, who is based in New York.

The programme begins on Monday 12 June with Laura Poitras’ All the Beauty and Bloodshed, which focuses on the life, work and activism of artist Nan Goldin. She campaigns for Purdue Pharma, owned by the Sackler family, to be held accountable for the opioid epidemic in the US. At the same time, the film exposes the Sacklers’ patronage of prominent cultural institutions. On Tuesday 13 June, films by Simone Forti, this year’s winner of the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the Venice Biennale, will be presented. The contribution “Simone Forti Dances the News” shows how Forti has visually expressed the world news through choreographies from the 1980s to the present day and presents the artist’s fusion of dance, performance, drawing and sculpture.

Other highlights of the film programme are:

  • ‘Welcome Visitors!’ by Penny Siopis, who combines home-movie footage with music and text to tell stories in which the personal, the political and the social are closely interwoven. Siopis’ visually stunning and poetic videos address the complex history of South Africa and show how it has been shaped by colonialism and apartheid, madness and modernity, migration and globalisation.
  • The Melt Goes on Forever: The Art & Times of David Hammons by Judd Tully and Harold Crooks traces the career of the elusive artist David Hammons from the Watts Rebellion era in 1960s Los Angeles to his worldwide prominence. With contributions from art professionals, curators and critics, archival footage and animation, the film documents the work of an artist who always stood against the establishment and remains subversive.

    The film programme is free of charge for the public and will take place from Monday, 12 June to Saturday, 17 June at Stadtkino Basel. Further details will be announced shortly before the fair. Further information can be found at artbasel.com/basel/film.

Conversations
Curated by Emily Butler, Conversations brings together some of today’s most inspiring cultural leaders. The series brings together over 50 thought leaders to discuss the most important issues shaping the world of arts and culture. This year’s edition focuses on the themes of care, collectivity and connectivity and features panel discussions on a wide range of topics, including artist-led spaces on the African continent, parenthood in the arts, an inclusive museum architecture of the future, and the ethical and artistic implications of artificial intelligence and blockchain technology.


Highlights of this year’s Conversations series include:

  • To kick off the programme, Lubaina Himid talks about her groundbreaking practice in the “Premiere Artist Talk”, including her seminal 1986 work “A Fashionable Marriage”, an ever-present satire on art and global politics, which can be seen in this year’s Unlimited programme.
  • Khanyisile Mbongwa, Curator of Liverpool Biennial 2023, will respond to the Biennial’s central theme ‘uMoya: The Sacred Return of Lost Things’ – a call to wisdom and ancestral healing, with artists Nolan Oswald Dennis and Belinda Kazeem-Kamiński.
  • Gallerist Amrita Jhaveri and economists Dr Clare McAndrew and Sophie Perceval will reflect on the findings of the Art Basel and UBS Global Art Market Report 2023, with a focus on the slow growth in representation of women artists, and discuss possible pathways to significant change
  • A sound performance by Julianknxx that will take place during Unlimited Night on Thursday 15 June. The singer Anaiis and a choir will accompany the short film “In A Dream We Are at Once Beautiful” by the poet and multidisciplinary artist, which depicts the experiences of African diaspora communities in Switzerland Other speakers include Es Devlin, Kadiatou Diallo, Brian Droitcour, Primavera de Filippi, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Jeni Fulton, Coline Milliard, Kwasi OheneAyeh, Yinka Shonibare, András Szántó, Suzanne Treister, Roger Wattenhofer, Dana Whabira, Bernadine Bröcker Wieder, Kulapat Yantrasast and others.

    The talks will take place from 14 to 17 June in Hall 1. Participation is free of charge and will be livestreamed on facebook.com/artbasel/. Further information can be found at artbasel.com/conversations.

WHERE?

Messeplatz 10
4085 Basel
Switzerland

WHEN?

Unlimited Opening (by invitation only)
Monday, June 12: 4pm to 8pm, First Choice VIP cardholders
Monday, June 12: 6pm to 8pm, Preview VIP cardholders

Parcours Opening
Monday, June 12: 1pm to 8pm
Tuesday, June 13 – Friday, June 16: 10am to 8pm
Saturday, June 17: 10am to 11pm (Parcours Night 6pm to 11pm)
Sunday, June 18: 10am to 7pm

VIP Days (by invitation only)
Tuesday, June 13: 11am to 8pm, First Choice VIP cardholders
Tuesday, June 13: 4pm to 8pm, Preview VIP cardholders
Wednesday, June 14: 11am to 8pm

Vernissage (by invitation only)
Wednesday, June 14: 5pm to 8pm

Public Days
Thursday, June 15: 11am to 7pm
Friday, June 16: 11am to 7pm
Saturday, June 17: 11am to 7pm
Sunday, June 18: 11am to 7pm

Special Nights
Unlimited Night: Thursday, June 15: 7pm to 10pm
Parcours Night: Saturday, June 17: 6pm to 11pm

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