Art Basel 2018 Everything Guide – All you need To Know




Art Basel 2018 which launches 14-17 June offers a Premier line-up of galleries at Art Basel’s 2018 edition in Basel Switzerland. The Basel show brings the international art world together, with 290 of the world’s leading galleries showing the works of over 4,000 artists. A full program of art world talks takes place each day. Exhibitions and events are also offered by cultural institutions in Basel and the surrounding area, creating an exciting, region-wide art week. Don’t forget to visit Volta and other satellite events taking place over the week including Liste, Photo Basel, Scope and Design Basel Miami Beach.

Art Basel’s list of galleries participating in the 2018 edition of the show come from across Europe, North and South America, Asia and Africa will present Modern and contemporary works by artists. The show welcomes 17 galleries that join the fair for the first time, further rejuvenating the show and giving younger galleries the opportunity to present their program alongside today’s leading established galleries. Highlights of this year’s edition include ambitious projects by historical and emerging artists in Feature and Statements. Art Basel, whose Lead Partner is UBS, takes place at Messe Basel from June 14 to June 17, 2018, bringing together gallerists, artists, collectors, curators, museum directors and critics from across the globe.

The 2018 edition in Basel presents a strong contingent of galleries from Europe, joined by leading galleries from across the globe. 17 galleries are participating for the first time, including White Space Beijing from Asia and four new exhibitors from the United States: Freedman Fitzpatrick, Essex Street, Hosfelt Gallery and Franklin Parrasch Gallery. From Europe 12 exhibitors are new to the show: Barbara Gross Galerie, Galerie Max Mayer, Richard Saltoun Gallery, Jan Kaps, Sandy Brown, Antoine Levi, mor charpentier, Madragoa, Croy Nielsen, Carlos/Ishikawa, Galerie Lange + Pult and Galerie Bernard Bouche. For the full gallery list, please visit artbasel.com/basel/galleries.

Art Basel 2018

Art Basel 2018

Galleries, the main sector of the show, features 229 of the world’s leading galleries presenting the highest quality of painting, sculpture, drawing, installation, photography, video and digital works. With a reapplication rate of 99% for the sector, this year’s strong selection of returning exhibitors is complemented by nine galleries participating in Galleries for the first time. 47 Canal, Alexander Gray, Bergamin & Gomide, Casas Riegner, Kadel Willborn, Kate MacGarry, KOW, Mendes Wood DM and Tokyo Gallery + BTAP join the main sector of the fair having previously exhibited in Feature and Statements. These additions reflect Art Basel’s efforts to steadily bring younger galleries and the next generation of Modern galleries into the main sector of the fair, where they can show the full range of their programs.

The Edition sector presents 14 global leaders in the field of prints and editioned works: Brooke Alexander, Inc., Niels Borch Jensen Gallery and Editions, Alan Cristea Gallery, mfc – michèle didier, Atelier-Editions Fanal, Gemini G.E.L., Sabine Knust, Lelong Editions, Carolina Nitsch, Paragon, Polígrafa Obra Gràfica, Susan Sheehan Gallery, STPI and Two Palms. In addition to its stand presentation, Alan Cristea Gallery has been selected to present ‘Land 0˚ – 135˚ and Sea 0˚ – 135˚’ (2009) by Jan Dibbets (b. 1941) on the Spotlight wall facing the Rundhof, which forms part of the Edition sector.

This year’s Feature sector boasts a particularly ambitious selection of 32 precisely curated projects from both historical and contemporary artists. This year’s edition welcomes seven galleries exhibiting for the first time at the Basel show: Barbara Gross Galerie, Galerie Max Mayer, Richard Saltoun Gallery, Galerie Lange + Pult, Galerie Bernard Bouche, Hosfelt Gallery and Franklin Parrasch Gallery. Highlights in Feature include the presentation of works by the 2017 Turner Prize winner Lubaina Himid (b. 1954) at Hollybush Gardens, offering an insight into the artists’ experimental, playful and political approach to painting. Richard Saltoun Gallery will present six pivotal works by British artist Helen Chadwick (b. 1953 – d. 1996), whose unique and multi-disciplinary practice at the intersection of conceptual-performative art and feminist thinking, captured the zeitgeist of Britain in the 1980s. Galleria Lorcan O’Neill Roma will showcase rarely seen works by Rachel Whiteread (b. 1963), including five iconic ‘Bookshelf’ sculptures that embody her deep exploration of memory and are associated with her seminal works: ‘House’ (1993) and the ‘Vienna Holocaust Memorial’ (2000).

Monica De Cardenas will present two significant cut-out works by Alex Katz (b. 1927), from the late 1950s. Hamiltons will display a wide selection of rare and unseen photographs by Irving Penn (b. 1917 – d. 2009), which were captured in the late 1930s and early 1940s in New York and the American South. Further highlights include three significant works by Gilberto Zorio (b. 1944), a pivotal member of the Arte Povera movement, which will be on display at Galerie Pietro Spartà, while ChertLüdde will show two large inflatable sculptures by Franco Mazzucchelli (b. 1939).

A series of images of the civil wars in Lebanon and Palestine by Fouad Elkoury (b. 1952) will be on show at The Third Line, while Galerist will dedicate its booth to Nil Yalter’s (b. 1938) poetic multi-media installation ‘Le Chevalier d’Eon’ (1978), one of the first artworks from the Middle East to engage with transgender identity. Jay DeFeo’s (b. 1929 – d.1989) abstract and experimental photo-based work will be presented by Hosfelt Gallery, while a new 4-channel video installation by Elizabeth Price (b. 1966) will be on display at Grimm, in which the artist constructs an abstract ghost narrative using ink and charcoal. For a full list of projects, please visit artbasel.com/basel/feature.

The Statements sector presents 18 exciting solo projects by emerging artists and will include ten first-time galleries: White Space Beijing, Jan Kaps, Sandy Brown, Antoine Levi, mor charpentier, Madragoa, Freedman Fitzpatrick, Croy Nielsen, Carlos/Ishikawa and Essex Street. Several projects in Statements address socio-political issues: Deborah Schamoni will unveil an installation by Flaka Haliti (b. 1982), hosting a robot composed of found objects from KFOR military camps in Kosovo; Antoine Levi will present ‘Ark’ by Alina Chaiderov (b. 1984), a metaphor of the artist’s journey of exile from her homeland Russia to Sweden in 1990; mor charpentier will present a new work by Lawrence Abu Hamdan (b. 1985), composed of a video installation and an ‘acoustic’ painting featuring interactive visual footage and audio recordings made at the Israeli-Syrian border in the Golan Heights; JTT will dedicate their booth to a large meat-rack installation by Doreen Garner (b. 1986), referencing medical experiments on enslaved black women in the United States in the mid-1800s; and Experimenter will present a series of new sculptures by Rathin Barman (b. 1981), who works with architectural forms to explore the history of migrants in Kolkata.

White Space Beijing will feature the project ‘Sound Diet’ by Christine Sun Kim (b. 1980) who was born deaf and explores the relationship between sound, written and spoken languages. At Stigter Van Doesburg Helen Verhoeven (b. 1974) presents her work entitled ‘Church 1’ (2012), while at Mary Mary, an installation by Ektor Garcia (b. 1985) will be presented, which combines the artist’s exploration of craft traditions and themes of Mexican and queer culture.

Further highlights from Statements include a film by Stuart Middleton (b. 1987), reimagining the motorway network as a deindustrialized, transient residential zone inhabited by nomadic communities presented by Carlos/Ishikawa; and The Box’s presentation of new works by Naotaka Hiro (b. 1972), depicting the artist’s spatial, aesthetic and psychological relationship to his own body. Essex Street will premier three photographic works by Sara Deraedt (b. 1984), an artist who only ever exhibits each of her works once. Galeria Madragoa will feature a frieze by Rodrigo Hernández (b. 1983) consisting of hand hammered metal panels. For a full list of projects, please visit artbasel.com/basel/statements.

The 20th Baloise Art Prize will be awarded to up to two artists exhibiting in Statements, with recipients being announced during the show. The Baloise Group acquires works by the award-winning artists and donates them to two leading European museums, which will hold solo exhibitions for the recipients of the award.

This year’s show will introduce a new site for the Unlimited sector, taking place for the first time on the upper floor of Hall 1. Art Basel’s unique platform for projects that transcend the limitations of a traditional art-fair stand, Unlimited is curated for the seventh year by Gianni Jetzer, Curator-at-Large at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington DC. Further details will be released in the coming months.

Parcours, a sector presenting site-specific sculptures, interventions and performances by renowned international artists and emerging talents, presented by Art Basel galleries, will return for its ninth edition to the old city of Basel, and is curated for the third time by Samuel Leuenberger, founder of the non-profit exhibition space SALTS in Birsfelden, Switzerland. Further details will be released in the coming months.

A Creative Time project has been commissioned by Art Basel for the Messeplatz in Basel this year. Further details will be released in the coming months.

Screened at Stadtkino Basel, Art Basel’s Film program, features films by and about artists, and is curated for the fourth consecutive year by Cairo-based film curator and art lecturer Maxa Zoller. In addition, Marian Masone, New York-based film curator will select a feature film for a special screening during the show week. Further details will be released in the coming months.

Conversations, the program of panel discussions which accompanies the gallery presentations in Basel, offers audiences access to first-hand information on the international art world. The panels will take place in the auditorium, which this year, alongside the Unlimited sector, has been relocated to the upper floor of Hall 1. Further details on this year’s Conversations program will be released in the coming months. Videos of past discussions can be found at artbasel.com/basel/conversations.

Unlimited

Unlimited: Presenting 71 premier works in a unique setting This year’s edition of Unlimited will consist of 71 large-scale projects, presented by galleries participating in the fair. Curated for the seventh consecutive year by Gianni Jetzer, Curator-at-Large at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington D.C., the sector will feature a wide range of presentations, from seminal pieces from the past to work created especially for Art Basel. Renowned as well as emerging artists will participate, including: Matthew Barney, Yto Barrada, Daniel Buren, Horia Damian, Camille Henrot, Jenny Holzer, Mark Leckey, Lee Ufan, Inge Mahn, Lygia Pape, Jon Rafman, Michael Rakowitz, Nedko Solakov, Martine Syms, Barthélémy Toguo and Yu Hong. Art Basel, whose Lead Partner is UBS, takes place at Messe Basel from June 14 to June 17, 2018. Unlimited, Art Basel’s unique platform for large-scale projects, provides galleries with the opportunity to showcase installations, monumental sculptures, video projections, wall paintings, photographic series and performance art that transcend the traditional art-fair stand. For Unlimited in 2007, Daniel Buren transformed the escalators leading to the upper floor of Hall 1 into a kinetic sculpture titled ‘Passage de la Couleur, 26 secondes et 14 centièmes’. The work was bought by Messe Schweiz and today forms an integral part of the exhibition hall. With Unlimited this year taking place on the upper floor of Hall 1, Buren’s work from 2007 will form part of the entrance area for this year’s edition. Responding to this earlier work, Unlimited will open with Buren’s ‘Una cosa tira l’altra’, an aerial walkway decorated with stripes similar to those that have been used on the escalator in 2007. The extensive platform made up of scaffolding will create new ways to navigate the space, allowing visitors to view the surrounding works from unique and unexpected points of view. Further highlights include Polly Apfelbaum’s strips of textile that are combined to form a colorfully woven painting; Rashid Johnson’s tropical enclave containing various unexpected elements from sculptures made with shea butter to video portraits; Katherine Bernhardt’s monumental painting with tropical birds, cuddly robots and cigarette stubs, which at once editorializes and summarizes modern culture and the artist herself; an interactive multimedia installation by Nedko Solakov comprising nine sofas in the shapes of the nine Chinese characters constituting the phrase ‘I miss Socialism, maybe’; and Yu Hong’s large-scale painting depicting a famous Chinese fable widely cited in both modern Chinese art history and Chinese Communist narratives. The work focuses on how the Socialist narrative still perseveres in Chinese society and explores the ways its ideology corresponds to the visual legacy of Soviet Socialist Realist heritage. Full list of artists presented in Unlimited: Ai Weiwei, Lisson Gallery, neugerriemschneider Francis Alÿs, David Zwirner Polly Apfelbaum, Frith Street Gallery Uri Aran, Gavin Brown’s enterprise, Sadie Coles HQ Rodolfo Aricò, A arte Invernizzi Arman, Galerie Georges-Philippe & Nathalie Vallois Matthew Barney, Sadie Coles HQ, Gladstone Gallery, Regen Projects Yto Barrada, Pace Gallery Robert Barry, Alfonso Artiaco, Cristina Guerra Contemporary Art, Galerie Greta Meert, Galleria Massimo Minini, Sfeir-Semler Gallery Katherine Bernhardt, Canada, Xavier Hufkens McArthur Binion, Massimo De Carlo, Lehmann Maupin Barbara Bloom, Galerie Gisela Capitain Carol Bove, David Zwirner Frank Bowling, Alexander Gray Associates Candice Breitz, Goodman Gallery, kaufmann repetto, KOW Daniel Buren, Galleria Continua Alberto Burri, Luxembourg & Dayan Paul Chan, Greene Naftali Bruce Conner, Paula Cooper Gallery Horia Damian, Galeria Plan B Edith Dekyndt, Konrad Fischer Galerie, Galerie Greta Meert Lara Favaretto, Galleria Franco Noero General Idea, Mai 36 Galerie, Mitchell-Innes & Nash, Maureen Paley, Esther Schipper Sam Gilliam, David Kordansky Gallery Douglas Gordon, Gagosian, Galerie Eva Presenhuber Dan Graham, Hauser & Wirth Josep Grau-Garriga, Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Salon 94 He Xiangyu, White Space Beijing Camille Henrot, König Galerie, kamel mennour, Metro Pictures Carmen Herrera, Lisson Gallery Jim Hodges, Massimo De Carlo Jenny Holzer, Sprüth Magers Alfredo Jaar, Goodman Gallery, Galerie Lelong & Co., kamel mennour, Galerie Thomas Schulte Rashid Johnson, Hauser & Wirth Jürgen Klauke, Galerie Thomas Zander Guillermo Kuitca, Hauser & Wirth Wolfgang Laib, Buchmann Galerie, Konrad Fischer Galerie, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Sperone Westwater Mark Leckey, Gavin Brown’s enterprise Lee Ufan, Pace Gallery Richard Long, Lisson Gallery Robert Longo, Metro Pictures, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac Ana Lupas, P420 Ibrahim Mahama, White Cube Inge Mahn, Galerie Max Hetzler Georges Mathieu, Applicat-Prazan Richard Mosse, carlier gebauer, Jack Shainman Gallery Olivier Mosset, Massimo De Carlo, galerie lange + pult Sam Moyer, Sean Kelly Yoko Ono, Galerie Lelong & Co. Lygia Pape, Hauser & Wirth Barbara Probst, Monica De Cardenas Jon Rafman, Sprüth Magers Michael Rakowitz, Barbara Wien Paul Ramirez Jonas, Galeria Nara Roesler James Rosenquist, Edward Tyler Nahem Fine Art Fred Sandback, David Zwirner Sudarshan Shetty, Galerie Krinzinger, Templon Nedko Solakov, Galleria Continua Frances Stark, Gavin Brown’s enterprise, Galerie Buchholz, greengrassi Mikhael Subotzky & Patrick Waterhouse, Goodman Gallery Martine Syms, Sadie Coles HQ Rirkrit Tiravanija, Gavin Brown’s enterprise Barthélémy Toguo, Galerie Lelong & Co. Anne Truitt, Matthew Marks Gallery James Turrell, Bernier/Eliades Andra Ursuta, Massimo De Carlo, Galerie Eva Presenhuber Kostis Velonis, Kalfayan Galleries Claude Viallat, Templon Cerith Wyn Evans, White Cube José Yaque, Galleria Continua Yu Hong, Long March Space On Sunday, June 17 from 2pm to 3pm curator Gianni Jetzer will moderate an artist talk as part of the Conversations program. A limited-edition catalog, published by Hatje Cantz, will accompany Unlimited, including descriptive texts and images of each artwork. The catalog is for sale at the show as well as in bookshops. Cost: CHF 60.

Museum Shows

Museums in and around Basel will once again present significant exhibitions during Art Basel. The Schaulager will present ‘Bruce Nauman: Disappearing Acts’, the artist’s first comprehensive retrospective in over two decades. The Fondation Beyeler will be dedicating their major summer exhibition to Alberto Giacometti and Francis Bacon. In addition, the Fondation Beyeler will unveil a monumental public installation ‘GaiaMotherTree’ by Brazilian artist Ernesto Neto at Zurich main station. Kunstmuseum Basel, home of one of the world’s oldest municipal art collections, will present ‘Theaster Gates: The Black Madonna’, an exploration of the cult of the Black Madonna and its significance in both the history of religion and its aesthetic and metaphorical tenor. This will be presented alongside the first solo exhibition in Europe of works by American painter Sam Gilliam entitled ‘The Music of Color’. In addition, Martha Rosler and Hito Steyerl will address concerns about the political developments of our time in ‘War Games’, while the retrospective of Maria Lassnig’s works on paper will seek to explore the nuances of perception of her own body in ‘Dialogues’. Kunsthalle Basel presents solo shows by New Zealand-born artist Luke Willis Thompson and German artist Raphaela Vogel. Kunsthaus Baselland will show three parallel exhibitions by internationally renowned female artists: Naama Tsabar, Rochelle Feinstein and Rosella Biscotti. Museum Tinguely will present ‘Too early to panic’, a cabinet of curiosities by Swiss artists Gerda Steiner and Jörg Lenzlinger, as well as Gauri Gill’s photographic series ‘Traces’ for which the artist worked closely with marginalized desert communities in Western Rajasthan. At Vitra Design Museum, Bas Princen’s architectural photographs will be on display, running alongside ‘Night Fever. Designing Club Culture 1960 – Today’.

Parcours: 23 site-specific artworks to be presented in the greater Münsterplatz area

Curated for the third consecutive year by Samuel Leuenberger, Parcours this year presents 23 site-specific artworks displayed throughout Basel’s historic center. The sector will feature work by Silvia Bächli & Eric Hattan, Nina Beier, stanley brouwn, Julian Charrière, Keren Cytter, Simon Denny, Elmgreen & Dragset, Georg Herold, Pierre Huyghe, Hilary Lloyd, Mark Manders, Caroline Mesquita, Rivane Neuenschwander, Marina Pinsky, Julian Rosefeldt, Nedko Solakov, Simon Starling, Jessica Stockholder, Thomas Struth, Paloma Varga Weisz and Hannah Weinberger. On Saturday, June 16, Parcours Night once again will present a specially curated program of live performances with extended opening hours of Parcours and of some of Basel’s leading museums. Art Basel, whose Lead Partner is UBS, takes place at Messe Basel from June 14 to June 17, 2018.

Opening Monday afternoon, June 11, Parcours this year will reflect on the political potentials of storytelling, seeking to investigate what stories can tell us about our lives. Titled ‘Telling Stories for the Future’, the exhibition will encompass presentations in civic and private locations that will open exclusively for Parcours as well as collaborations with Basel’s museums, encouraging alternative social and geographical encounters with the city. Through a focus on storytelling, Samuel Leuenberger, Director and Curator of SALTS in Birsfelden, Switzerland, aims to cultivate commonalities and allied thinking across social, geographic, ethnic, economic and ecological boundaries.

Highlights include Thomas Struth’s ‘Animals’ (2018), a series of 10 photographs that sensitively capture animals following their moment of surrender. Installed in the Erste Kirche Christi, the work will be drawn from his recent images of scientific and surgical environments, as well as the history of memento mori in art. A program of live music, chosen by Struth in collaboration with guitarist Frank Bungarten, will be presented at selected times throughout the week. By installing 10 sound systems throughout Basel’s sewers, Hannah Weinberger will create a mysterious soundscape scattered across the city that invites the public to tune into a new experience of the city. Each of the 10 sewers will be activated with site-specific compositions created by Weinberger that play against the daily sounds of the sewers and the city.

Suspended in mid-air inside the Antikenmuseum Basel und Sammlung Ludwig, Elmgreen & Dragset’s large-scale sculpture ‘Hanging Rock’ (2017) will act as a blockade, concealing certain elements of the architectural structure that surrounds it. Playing on the ideas of nature, gravity and natural phenomena, the piece explores preconceived views of natural beauty and the overcoming of obstacles. Pierre Huyghe’s ‘Exomind (Deep Water)’ (2017) features a crouching female figure with a beehive growing from her head. The colony of bees living inside the hive will pollinate the surrounding flora in the garden of the Allgemeine Lesegesellschaft Basel.

Taking place on Saturday, June 16, Parcours Night will once again present a program of live performances, this year featuring artists Keren Cytter, Jean-Pascal Flavien, Ad Minoliti, Venuri Perera and Luke Willis Thompson. In addition, Thomas Struth will present two music performances by Maurizio Grandinetti and Walter Fähndrich. Access to all Parcours sites is free to the public, and during Parcours Night Antikenmuseum Basel und Sammlung Ludwig, Historisches Museum Basel, Kunstmuseum Basel, Kunsthalle Basel, Museum der Kulturen Basel and Naturhistorisches Museum Basel will have extended opening hours.

For further information, please see www.artbasel.com/basel/parcours

Film

Film: Details of Art Basel’s program for 2018 in Basel

Art Basel will screen a premier program of 16 film and video works presented by the show’s participating galleries. The Film program is curated for the fourth consecutive year by Cairo-based film curator Maxa Zoller and will include a special screening of Heather Lenz’s ‘Kusama – Infinity’ (2018), selected by New York-based film curator Marian Masone. Program highlights include works by Ai Weiwei, Kudzanai Chiurai, Rä di Martino, Douglas Gordon, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Hiwa K, William Kentridge and Xu Bing among others. Art Basel, whose Lead Partner is UBS, will take place at Messe Basel from June 14 to June 17, 2018.

 

This year’s program seeks to ascribe new meanings to found footage within filmmaking as well as bring together leading artists from across the world, with a strong focus on South Africa. Maxa Zoller states: ‘The diversity of formats and artistic backgrounds in the program shows that artists’ filmmaking has reached a new, mature stage, one which is now truly independent from former traditions of disciplinary divisions —say fine arts versus cinema— and opens the door to exciting new forms of transmedia art.’

FILM PROGRAM

Monday, June 11, 2018, 8.30pm
Opening Film of Art Basel Film Program
Xu Bing, ‘Dragonfly Eyes’, 2017, 81′, Tokyo Gallery + BTAP

‘Dragonfly Eyes’ is the first feature film by Beijing-based artist Xu Bing, who is best known for his installations and calligraphic work. The film is entirely composed of CCTV footage, which the artist and his team analyzed in detail. From the seemingly random surveillance footage, a narrative begins to emerge: a love story between a former Buddhist nun and a worker at a dairy farm. This new model of filmmaking not only revolutionizes cinematic storytelling but also produces a different kind of spectatorship, in which the viewer is forced to examine each frame for relevant details and action, rather than following a given plot in the conventional Hollywood style. The nature of CCTV footage creates an ongoing suspense —images designed to record violations, and thus ultimately images of anxiety, keep the spectator on edge, even when nothing seems to be happening on screen.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Xu Bing and Maxa Zoller.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018, 5pm
Feature Program
Rä di Martino, ‘Controfigura’, 2017, 74′, Monica De Cardenas

The concept of Rä di Martino’s acclaimed new film is encapsulated in its title. ‘Controfigura’, or ‘stand-in’, refers to the person who substitutes for an actor before filming for technical purposes, but in her work, di Martino gives her stand-in screen time. While the stand-in runs barefoot through the streets of Marrakech, the viewer also sees the real actors and crew working on the film. As events take place on-camera and off, before and after the call for action, different levels of reality are interwoven into an intricate web. ‘Controfigura’ leaves the viewer wondering where the film starts and ends, or whether it ever ends at all.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Rä di Martino and Maxa Zoller.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018, 7pm
Short Film Program
‘Taking Art for a Walk’

The title of this Short Film Program was inspired by Richard Long’s famous 1967 land art piece, ‘A Line Made by Walking’. What does it mean to walk a line in today’s context of geopolitical and gender-based categorizations and boundaries? In the films in this program, artists walk in countrysides, but their aim is not to catapult art out of the gallery, as Long sought to do when he first turned the green English countryside into a land art site. Instead, these works bring the politics of boundaries into the white cubes and black boxes of the art world.

Nancy Holt and Robert Smithson, Swamp, 1971, 6′, James Cohan Gallery, Electronic Arts Intermix
Charlotte Prodger, LHB, 2017, 19’39”, Hollybush Gardens
Hiwa K, Pre-Image (Blind As The Mother Tongue), 2017, 16’9”, KOW
William Kentridge, Second-hand Reading, 2013, 7′, Goodman Gallery, Marian Goodman Gallery

Tuesday, June 12, 2018, 9pm
Short Film Program
‘Films from the Postcolony: (Counter)Images from South Africa’

In light of the vibrant artistic scene in South Africa, especially in Johannesburg and Cape Town, this long overdue program presents artists’ attempts to create ‘counter-narratives, counter-images and counter-memories’, in the words of Zimbabwean artist Kudzanai Chiurai. The films of this Short Film Program engage with the history of Southern Africa and Africa’s colonial history in general, from apartheid, exile and globalization to family memories and the role of women in these histories, asking what it means to represent a country.

Penny Siopis, My Lovely Day, 1997, 21′, Stevenson
Uriel Orlow, The Fairest Heritage, 2017, 5’20”, mor charpentier
Kudzanai Chiurai, We Live in Silence (Chapters 1-7), 2017, 36’16”, Goodman Gallery
Candice Breitz, Profile (Variation C), 2017, 3’21”, Goodman Gallery, kaufmann repetto, KOW

Wednesday, June 13, 2018, 8.30pm
Feature Program
Ai Weiwei, ‘Human Flow’, 2017, 145′, Lisson Gallery, neugerriemschneider

Artist, activist and director Ai Weiwei captures the global refugee crisis in this epic film journey. Shot in 23 countries, ‘Human Flow’ focuses on the people in the midst of a human emergency. Ai has forged many large-scale art installations and directed several documentary films. This project merges the sweeping planetary scope of his art with his concentrated directorial style —humanistic, rigorously questioning and rife with emotional charge— in a new way.

Thursday, June 14, 2018, 7pm
Feature Program
Lynn Hershman Leeson, ‘Conceiving Ada’, 1997, 72′, ShanghART Gallery

In this feature film by Lynn Hershman Leeson, Tilda Swinton plays Ada Lovelace, a 19th-century mathematician considered to have written the first computer program. The film transports her character into the 1990s New York, where Emmy, a computer programmer, is trying to make contact with Ada across time and space. This blend of history and fiction is a powerful example of a kind of 1980s and 1990s feminist filmmaking that seems more relevant than ever in the current context. ‘Conceiving Ada’ is being screened in connection with Hershman Leeson’s solo exhibition ‘Anti-Bodies’ at Haus der Elektronischen Künste.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Lynn Hershman Leeson and Maxa Zoller.

Thursday June 14, 2018, 9pm
Short Film Program
‘Vertighosts: Homages to Hitchcock’s Vertigo’

This program brings together two artists’ homages to ‘Vertigo’ (1958), Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece about deceit and obsession. In her latest short film ‘Vertighost’, Lynn Hershman Leeson continues to develop her interest in the figure of the doppelgänger. In interviews with artists and art historians, she investigates the famous museum scene in which we see the character of Madeleine (with her iconic French twist) from the back as she looks at the portrait of her grandmother Carlotta. The subject of Douglas Gordon’s ‘Feature Film’ is the haunting soundtrack of ‘Vertigo’, which was written by Bernard Herrmann, one of the most influential composers in Hollywood cinema. The film, which consists of close-up shots of the face and the hands of conductor James Conlon, marks the transition from Gordon’s early cinematic installations, such as ’24 Hour Psycho’ (1993), to his later film works, notably ‘Zidane, un portrait du 21e siècle’ (2006).

Lynn Hershman Leeson, Vertighost, 2017, 14’, ShanghART Gallery
Douglas Gordon, Feature Film, 1999, 75’, Dvir Gallery, Gagosian, Galerie Eva Presenhuber

Friday, June 15, 2018, 8.30pm
Special Screening
Shirin Neshat, ‘Looking for Oum Kulthum’, 2017, 86′

A film within a film, ‘Looking for Oum Kulthum’ portrays a fictional Iranian artist in exile and her quest to tell the real-life story of the legendary Egyptian singer Oum Kulthum. Like her heroine, the artist experiences the struggles and sacrifices a woman has to face if she dares to cross the lines of a conservative male-dominated society. With this film, artist and filmmaker Shirin Neshat returns to the themes of her previous feature film ‘Women Without Men’ (2009) and continues to develop her unmistakable visual style.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Shirin Neshat and Marcy Goldberg.

Saturday, June 16, 2018, 8pm
Special Screening curated by Marian Masone
Heather Lenz, ‘Kusama – Infinity’, 2018, 80’

Heather Lenz’s feature documentary ‘Kusama – Infinity’ portrays Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama’s turbulent quest to achieve international fame. The film traces her journey from a conservative upbringing in rural Japan to her brush with celebrity in America during the 1960s, when she rivaled Andy Warhol for press attention and battled sexism and racism. Kusama’s hallucinations of polka dots shaped her art but eventually led her to a mental institution in Tokyo, where she has lived voluntarily for almost 40 years. Now in her late 80s, she is one of the most popular artists in the world today.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Heather Lenz and Marian Masone.

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Shortlist for the BMW Art Journey announced during Art Basel in Hong Kong

Art Basel and BMW are delighted to present the next artist shortlist and to continue their joint initiative to recognize and support emerging artists from across the world. The BMW Art Journey can take artists almost anywhere in the world to develop new ideas and envision new creative projects. Today, an international expert jury announced Ali Kazim, Langdon-Pole and Gala Porras-Kim Zac as the shortlisted artists showing in Discoveries, the sector for emerging artists at Art Basel’s show in Hong Kong.

Ali Kazim at Jhaveri Contemporary, Mumbai
Ali Kazim (b. 1979) lives and works in Lahore, Pakistan. He received his Master of Fine Arts from the Slade School of Fine Art, London, in 2011. Ali Kazim forms multi-layered compositions to create uniquely textured paintings that include elements of narrative and fantasy. He works meticulously in watercolor and graphite, using techniques acquired from studying the watercolor wash and miniature painting techniques of the Bengal and Mughal schools. At this year’s Art Basel show in Hong Kong, the artist presents an immersive installation that draws a primary inspiration from the landscape around his hometown of Lahore. Kazim will participate in the 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, opening in November 2018 in Brisbane.

Zac Langdon-Pole at Michael Lett, Auckland
Zac Langdon-Pole (b. 1988) lives and works in Berlin, Germany. He studied at Elam School of Fine Arts, Auckland and at the Städelschule, Frankfurt. In his work he uses Paper Nautilus Shells, fragile egg-case-shells, made by the genus of Octopedes known as Argonauts, and unique fragments of Meteorite handcrafted to fill the shell’s aperture. At this year’s edition of Art Basel in Hong Kong, Langdon-Pole is presenting an installation of new sculptures that form a poetic exploration of identity and belonging. In 2017, he was awarded for the Ars Viva Prize for young artists living in Germany. Recent exhibitions include Between Bridges, Berlin, Ars Viva 2018, Berlin, S.M.A.K. Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent and Kunstverein München, Munich.

Gala Porras-Kim at Commonwealth and Council, Los Angeles
Gala Porras-Kim (b.1984) lives and works in Los Angeles, United States. She received a Master of Fine Arts from California Institute of Fine Arts and a Master of Arts in Latin American Studies from University of California, Los Angeles. Her work questions the social and political contexts that influence the manifestation and interpretation of language and history. Her artistic approach comes from a research-based practice that aims to reconsider how intangible subjects have been represented in the fields of linguistics, history, and conservation. At this year’s Art Basel show in Hong Kong she is presenting a group of artifacts that reconstruct and reimagine ambiguous historical fragments from various ethnographic institutions. Her work was displayed at solo exhibitions at Commonwealth and Council, Los Angeles and LABOR, Mexico City. Recently she has been included in group exhibitions at Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

The three artists are now invited to submit a proposal for their very own personal journey, with the winner to be announced in early summer 2018.

The members of the jury are:

Richard Armstrong, Director, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation, New York; Claire Hsu, Director, Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong; Bose Krishnamachari, President, Kochi-Muziris Biennale, India; Matthias Mühling, Director, Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus and Kunstbau, Munich; Pauline J. Yao, Curator Visual Art M+, Hong Kong.

‘As jury, we were impressed by the variety and quantity of works and made a unanimous decision about the three shortlisted artists. In this year’s edition of BMW Art Journey at Art Basel in Hong Kong, the jurors noticed a wide search for narrative with a mostly consistent search for fact. Within the BMW Art Journey this time the number of eligible galleries was by far the greatest, representing artists of the most diverse backgrounds. We admired Ali Kazim’s meditative approach to the desolate landscape of Pakistan, and found his labor-intensive process combining miniature painting techniques with a contemporary sensibility to be layered and haunting. Zac Langdon-Pole’s work ‘Passport (Argonauta)’ creates a poetical and surprising combination of materials. Proposing a new notion of the passport, the nautilus shell and meteorites from different parts of the world suggesting a metaphysical and timeless idea of identities. We appreciated Gala Porras-Kim’s investigation into and imagination of ways in which objects within institutional collections undergo reinterpretation via changing social and physical contexts. She touches on the subjectivity of history and the endless possibilities of making meaning of fragments and traces’, states the jury.

In collaboration with the winning artist, the journey will be documented and shared with the public through publications, online and social media.

During this year’s Art Basel show in Hong Kong, the 2017 winner of the BMW Art Journey from the Discoveries sector, Astha Butail (represented by GALLERYSKE, New Dehli, Bangalore) presents some first insights into her upcoming project “In the Absence of Writing” at the BMW Lounge. Throughout her journey, the artist will visit Yazd (Iran), Jerusalem (Israel), London (United Kingdom), Varanasi, Pune, New Delhi and Mumbai (India) to discover memories and living traditions that are passed down through teaching and oral poetry. For the BMW Art Journey, Butail plans to investigate the Zoroastrian Avesta, Jewish Oral Torah and Indian Veda traditions by observing and recording their different memory techniques and interviewing scholars and practitioners of each tradition.

The latest edition in the BMW Art Journey book series is also presented at the fair giving insights about Abigail Reynolds’s BMW Art Journey ‘The Ruins of Time: Lost Libraries of the Silk Road’. Images, texts and other documents originating from her experience are included in the book – thus completing a journey that both starts and ends with the institution of the library. BMW is a global partner of Art Basel and has supported Art Basel’s three shows in Basel, Miami Beach and Hong Kong for many years.

For further information about the artist and the project, please visit bmw-art-journey.com.

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Galleries Exhibiting At Art Basel

A Gentil Carioca
Rio de Janeiro

Miguel Abreu Gallery
New York (+1 location)

Acquavella Galleries
New York

Air de Paris
Paris

Galería Juana de Aizpuru
Madrid

Alexander and Bonin
New York

Galería Helga de Alvear
Madrid

Thomas Ammann Fine Art AG
Zurich

Andréhn-Schiptjenko
Stockholm

Applicat-Prazan
Paris (+1 location)

The Approach
London

Art : Concept
Paris

Alfonso Artiaco
Napoli

B

von Bartha
Basel (+1 location)

Galerie Guido W. Baudach
Berlin

galería elba benítez
Madrid

Bergamin & Gomide
São Paulo

Galerie Berinson
Berlin

Bernier/Eliades
Athens (+1 location)

Fondation Beyeler
Riehen

Daniel Blau
Munich

Blondeau & Cie
Geneva

Blum & Poe
Los Angeles (+2 locations)

Peter Blum Gallery
New York

Marianne Boesky Gallery
New York (+2 locations)

Tanya Bonakdar Gallery
New York

Bortolami
New York

Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi
Berlin (+1 location)

BorzoGallery
Amsterdam

BQ
Berlin

Gavin Brown’s enterprise
New York (+2 locations)

Galerie Buchholz
Berlin (+2 locations)

Buchmann Galerie
Agra/Lugano (+3 locations)

C

Cabinet
London

Campoli Presti
London (+2 locations)

Canada
New York

Galerie Gisela Capitain
Cologne (+1 location)

carlier gebauer
Berlin

Galerie Carzaniga
Basel

Casas Riegner
Bogotá

Galeria Pedro Cera
Lisboa

Cheim & Read
New York

Chemould Prescott Road
Mumbai

Mehdi Chouakri
Berlin (+1 location)

Sadie Coles HQ
London (+1 location)

Contemporary Fine Arts
Berlin

Galleria Continua
San Gimignano (+3 locations)

Paula Cooper Gallery
New York

Pilar Corrias
London

Galerie Chantal Crousel
Paris

D

Thomas Dane Gallery
London (+2 locations)

Massimo De Carlo
Milan (+3 locations)

Di Donna
New York

Dvir Gallery
Tel Aviv (+1 location)

dépendance
Brussels

E

Ecart
Geneva

Galerie Eigen + Art
Berlin (+2 locations)

F

Richard L. Feigen & Co.
New York

Konrad Fischer Galerie
Dusseldorf

Foksal Gallery Foundation
Warsaw (+1 location)

Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel
São Paulo (+2 locations)

Fraenkel Gallery
San Francisco

Peter Freeman, Inc.
New York (+1 location)

Stephen Friedman Gallery
London (+1 location)

Frith Street Gallery
London (+1 location)
G

Gagosian
New York (+15 locations)

Galerie 1900-2000
Paris

Galleria dello Scudo
Verona

joségarcía ,mx
Mexico City (+1 location)

gb agency
Paris

Annet Gelink Gallery
Amsterdam

Gerhardsen Gerner
Oslo

Gladstone Gallery
New York (+3 locations)

Galerie Gmurzynska
Zug (+4 locations)

Galería Elvira González
Madrid

Goodman Gallery
Johannesburg (+1 location)

Marian Goodman Gallery
New York (+3 locations)

Alexander Gray Associates
New York

Richard Gray Gallery
Chicago (+2 locations)

Howard Greenberg Gallery
New York

Greene Naftali
New York (+1 location)

greengrassi
London

Galerie Karsten Greve
St. Moritz (+2 locations)

Galerie Bärbel Grässlin
Frankfurt am Main

Cristina Guerra Contemporary Art
Lisboa

H

Galerie Michael Haas
Berlin

Hauser & Wirth
Zurich (+6 locations)

Hazlitt Holland-Hibbert
London

Herald St
London (+1 location)

Galerie Max Hetzler
Berlin (+2 locations)

Galerie Hopkins
Paris

Edwynn Houk Gallery
New York (+1 location)

Xavier Hufkens
Brussels (+1 location)

I

i8 Gallery
Reykjavík

A arte Invernizzi
Milan

Taka Ishii Gallery
Tokyo (+2 locations)

J

Jablonka Galerie
Cologne

Bernard Jacobson Gallery
London

Alison Jacques Gallery
London

Galerie Martin Janda
Vienna

Catriona Jeffries
Vancouver

Johnen Galerie
Berlin

Annely Juda Fine Art
London

K

Kadel Willborn
Dusseldorf

Casey Kaplan
New York

Georg Kargl Fine Arts
Vienna (+1 location)

Karma International
Zurich (+1 location)

kaufmann repetto
Milan (+1 location)

Sean Kelly
New York

Kerlin Gallery
Dublin

Anton Kern Gallery
New York

Kewenig
Berlin (+2 locations)

Kicken Berlin
Berlin

Galerie Peter Kilchmann
Zurich

Galerie Klüser
Munich

David Kordansky Gallery
Los Angeles

KOW
Berlin (+1 location)
Gallery Koyanagi
Gallery Koyanagi
Tokyo

Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler
Berlin

Andrew Kreps Gallery
New York

Galerie Krinzinger
Vienna

Nicolas Krupp
Basel

Kukje Gallery / Tina Kim Gallery
Seoul (+1 location)

kurimanzutto
Mexico City (+1 location)

König Galerie
Berlin

L

Galerie Lahumière
Paris

Landau Fine Art
Montréal (+1 location)

Simon Lee Gallery
London (+2 locations)

Lehmann Maupin
New York (+2 locations)

Tanya Leighton
Berlin (+1 location)

Galerie Lelong & Co.
Paris (+1 location)

Galerie Gisèle Linder
Basel

Lisson Gallery
London (+3 locations)

Long March Space
Beijing

Luhring Augustine
New York (+1 location)

Luxembourg & Dayan
New York (+1 location)

Lévy Gorvy
New York (+1 location)

M

Maccarone
New York (+1 location)

Kate MacGarry
London

Magazzino
Rome

Mai 36 Galerie
Zurich

Gió Marconi
Milan

Matthew Marks Gallery
New York (+4 locations)

Marlborough Fine Art
London (+3 locations)

Barbara Mathes Gallery
New York

Galerie Hans Mayer
Dusseldorf

The Mayor Gallery
London

Fergus McCaffrey
New York (+1 location)

Galerie Greta Meert
Brussels

Anthony Meier Fine Arts
San Francisco

Galerie Urs Meile
Luzern (+1 location)

Mendes Wood DM
São Paulo (+2 locations)

kamel mennour
Paris (+3 locations)

Metro Pictures
New York

Meyer Riegger
Berlin (+1 location)

Galleria Massimo Minini
Brescia

Victoria Miro
London (+2 locations)

Mitchell-Innes & Nash
New York (+1 location)

Mnuchin Gallery
New York

Stuart Shave/Modern Art
London (+1 location)

The Modern Institute
Glasgow (+1 location)

Moeller Fine Art
New York

Jan Mot
Brussels

mother’s tankstation limited
Dublin (+1 location)

Galerie Vera Munro
Hamburg

Galerie Mark Müller
Zurich
N

Galerie Nagel Draxler
Berlin (+2 locations)

Richard Nagy Ltd.
London

Edward Tyler Nahem Fine Art
New York

Helly Nahmad Gallery
New York

Galerie Neu
Berlin

neugerriemschneider
Berlin

Galleria Franco Noero
Torino (+1 location)

David Nolan Gallery
New York

Galerie Nordenhake
Berlin (+1 location)

Galerie Georg Nothelfer
Berlin

Galerie nächst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwälder
Vienna

O

Galerie Nathalie Obadia
Paris (+2 locations)

OMR
Mexico City

Galerie Bob van Orsouw
Zurich
P

Pace Gallery
New York (+9 locations)

Pace/MacGill Gallery
New York (+6 locations)

Maureen Paley
London

Galerie Alice Pauli
Lausanne

Perrotin
Paris (+7 locations)

Petzel
New York (+1 location)

Galerie Francesca Pia
Zurich

PKM Gallery
Seoul

Galeria Plan B
Cluj (+1 location)

Galerija Gregor Podnar
Berlin

Galerie Eva Presenhuber
Zurich (+1 location)

ProjecteSD
Barcelona

Proyectos Monclova
Mexico City
R

Almine Rech Gallery
Paris (+3 locations)

Reena Spaulings Fine Art
New York (+1 location)

Regen Projects
Los Angeles

Galerie Denise René
Paris (+1 location)

Anthony Reynolds Gallery
London

Rodeo
London

Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac
London (+3 locations)

S

Salon 94
New York (+2 locations)

SCAI The Bathhouse
Tokyo

Esther Schipper
Berlin

Galerie Thomas Schulte
Berlin

Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle
Munich

Galerie Natalie Seroussi
Paris

Sfeir-Semler Gallery
Beirut (+1 location)

Jack Shainman Gallery
New York (+2 locations)

ShanghART Gallery
Shanghai (+3 locations)

Sies + Höke
Dusseldorf (+1 location)

Sikkema Jenkins & Co.
New York

Bruce Silverstein
New York

Skarstedt
New York (+1 location)

GALLERYSKE
Bangalore (+1 location)

Skopia / P.-H. Jaccaud
Geneva

Sperone Westwater
New York

Sprüth Magers
Berlin (+2 locations)

Galerie St. Etienne
New York

Stampa
Basel

Standard (Oslo)
Oslo

Starmach Gallery
Kraków

Galleria Christian Stein
Milan (+2 locations)

Stevenson
Cape Town (+1 location)

Galeria Luisa Strina
São Paulo

Nils Stærk
Copenhagen

Galerie Micheline Szwajcer
Antwerpen
T

Take Ninagawa
Tokyo

team (gallery, inc.)
New York (+1 location)

Galleria Tega
Milan

Templon
Paris (+2 locations)

Galerie Thomas
Munich

Tokyo Gallery + BTAP
Tokyo (+1 location)

Tornabuoni Art
Paris (+5 locations)

Galerie Tschudi
Zuoz

Tucci Russo Studio per l’Arte Contemporanea
Torre Pellice (Torino) (+1 location)
V

Galerie Georges-Philippe & Nathalie Vallois
Paris (+1 location)

Van de Weghe Fine Art
New York

Annemarie Verna Galerie
Zurich

Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects
Los Angeles

Vitamin Creative Space
Guangzhou (+1 location)

W

Waddington Custot
London

Galleri Nicolai Wallner
Copenhagen

Washburn Gallery
Washburn Gallery
New York

Galerie Barbara Weiss
Berlin

Michael Werner Gallery
New York (+2 locations)

White Cube
London (+2 locations)

Barbara Wien
Berlin

Galerie Jocelyn Wolff
Paris

Z

Galerie Thomas Zander
Cologne

Zeno X Gallery
Antwerpen

ZERO…
Milan

David Zwirner
New York (+4 locations)

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303 Gallery
New York

47 Canal
New York (+1 location)

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