June 13 to 16, 2019
Private Days (by invitation only)
Tuesday, June 11, 2019, 11am to 8pm
Wednesday, June 12, 2019, 11am to 8pm
Vernissage (by invitation only)
Wednesday, June 12, 2019, 4pm to 8pm
Thursday, June 13, 2019, 11am to 7pm
Friday, June 14, 2019, 11am to 7pm
Saturday, June 15, 2019, 11am to 7pm
Sunday, June 16, 2019, 11am to 7pm
Founded in 1970 by gallerists from Basel, Art Basel today stages the world’s premier art shows for Modern and contemporary art, sited in Basel, Miami Beach and Hong Kong. Art Basel Switzerland will take place from June 13-16th, with private days and a vernissage by invite only.
This year, 290 leading international galleries will present works ranging from the Modern period of the early 20th century to the most contemporary artists. While galleries from Europe continue to be strongly represented, the show also features returning and new exhibitors from across the globe, including Asia, Europe, North and South America, the Middle East and Africa. 19 galleries are participating for the first time, including: Barro Arte Contemporáneo from Argentina; Tommy Simoens and Vedovi Gallery from Belgium; Galeria Jaqueline Martins from Brazil; Temnikova & Kasela from Estonia; Galerie Crèvecoeur and Galerie Christophe Gaillard from France; Jahn und Jahn, Klemm’s and Daniel Marzona from Germany; SpazioA from Italy; Vadehra Art Gallery from India; Marfa’ from Lebanon; Travesía Cuatro from Spain; Galerie Knoell from Switzerland, Project Native Informant from the United Kingdom; and Commonwealth and Council, Durham Press and David Lewis Gallery from the United States. For the full gallery list, please visit artbasel.com/basel/galleries. Art Basel is introducing a sliding-scale pricing model across all its shows, designed to benefit galleries with smaller stands.
The show’s main sector will comprise 232 of the world’s leading galleries, showing painting, sculpture, drawing, installation, photography, video and editioned works of the highest quality. Spanish gallery Travesía Cuatro will be completely new to the show, while Galerie Thomas returns to Basel following a brief hiatus. Additionally, the Galleries sector will be rejuvenated by seven galleries joining the sector for the first time, having previously exhibited in Feature or Statements. Premier galleries specializing in Modern and historical works from across the globe will once again return to Basel. Dozens of galleries will, exclusively or as a major part of their program, present exceptional pieces from the classical Modern to postwar contemporary, creating a unique focus on the outstanding quality of work from 1900 to 1970, a fundamental aspect of the show.
Featuring 24 projects this year, the sector will present ambitiously curated exhibitions by both historical and contemporary artists, with 11 galleries completely new to the show. Highlights from the sector include: a two-person show by US artists Allyson Strafella and Helen Mirra at Galleria Raffaella Cortese; Croy Nielsen’s presentation of work by Austrian artist Elke Silvia Krystufek, who during the 1990s became known for her often provocative performances, videos, photographs and paintings, many of which address the identity of the female artist in a patriarchal society; a solo show of Wallace Berman at galerie frank elbaz, with exceptional artworks and historical archival documents from the late 1940s to the 1970s; a focus on Cameron Rowland’s ‘Rental Project’ at Essex Street; a selection of never-before-exhibited, spectacular relief paintings by British artist Frank Bowling from the mid-1980s at Hales Gallery; a solo exhibition by Los Angeles-based artist Carl Cheng at Philip Martin Gallery; and a presentation of unpublished works by Hudinilson Jr., one of the pioneers of Xerox Art in Brazil, at Galeria Jaqueline Martins.
Welcoming six galleries to the Basel show for the first time, the sector will comprise 18 solo presentations by emerging artists, presented by young galleries from across the world. Highlights from the sector include: a new commission by Rose Salane at Carlos/Ishikawa; EJ Hill at Commonwealth and Council; Argentine artist Ad Minoliti at Galerie Crèvecoeur; a new body of work encompassing sculpture, drawing and painting by Bangladeshi artist Ayesha Sultana at Experimenter, among many others.
The sector presents 14 global leaders in the field of prints and editioned works: Niels Borch Jensen Gallery and Editions, Alan Cristea Gallery, mfc – michèle didier, AtelierEditions Fanal, Gemini G.E.L., Sabine Knust, Lelong Editions, Carolina Nitsch, Paragon, Polígrafa Obra Gràfica, Susan Sheehan Gallery, STPI, Two Palms and Durham Press, who participates in the Art Basel show for the first time. In addition to its stand presentation, mfc – michèle didier is selected to present ‘Colby Sign’ by Allen Ruppersberg on the Spotlight wall facing the Rundhof, which forms part of the Edition sector. For the full exhibitor list for Edition, please visit artbasel.com/basel/edition.
Taking place again on the upper floor of Hall 1, Unlimited, Art Basel’s unique platform for projects that transcend the limitations of a traditional art-fair stand, is curated for the eighth and final year by Gianni Jetzer, Curator-at-Large at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington DC.
Featuring site-specific sculptures, interventions and performances presented by Art Basel’s exhibitors, Parcours will return for its tenth edition to the old city of Basel. The sector is once again curated by Samuel Leuenberger, founder of the non-profit exhibition space SALTS in Birsfelden, Switzerland.
Screened at Stadtkino Basel, the Film program will for the final year be curated by Maxa Zoller, director of the Dortmund I Cologne International Women’s Film Festival. In addition, Marian Masone, New York-based film curator, will select a feature film for a special screening during the show week.
The Conversations program offers audiences access to first-hand information on the international art world and will be programmed for the first year by the Berlin-based artist Julieta Aranda. The panels will take place in the auditorium. Further details on these sectors and programming will be available in the coming months.
Exhibitions in Basel
Visitors to Basel during the show week will be offered a range of outstanding exhibitions by the city’s leading museums.
Major exhibitions coinciding with Art Basel include:
• Fondation Beyeler ‘Rudolf Stingel’ • Kunstmuseum Basel ‘Kosmos Kubismus. From Picasso to Léger’ ‘William Kentridge: A Poem That Is Not Our Own’ ‘Leiko Ikemura. Toward New Seas’ ‘Helmut Federle: 19 E. 21 St., 6 Large Paintings’ • Kunsthalle Basel ‘Geumhyung Jeong’ ‘Dora Budor’ • Kunsthaus Baselland ‘Björn Braun’ ‘Clément Cogitore’ ‘Simone Forti’ ‘Gina Folly. Annual Kunsthaus Baselland Exterior Project 2019’ • Museum Tinguely ‘Lois Weinberger – Debris Field’ ‘Rebecca Horn. Körperphantasien’ • Vitra Design Museum ‘Balkrishna Doshi: Architecture for the People’ ‘Living in a Box: Design in Comic and Cartoon’ ‘Lake Verea: Paparazza Moderna’ ‘Food Shaping Kyoto.
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