Art Basel has announced its gallery list for the 47th edition of the show in Basel, Switzerland, taking place from June 16 to June 19, 2016. This year, 287 leading international galleries will present works ranging from the early 20th century to the most contemporary artists of today. The Basel show, whose Lead Partner is UBS, will present a diverse geographical selection of leading international galleries from 33 countries.
Alongside a strong representation of galleries from Europe, exhibitors and artists will be shown from across the globe. The participating galleries have exhibition spaces in Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Cuba, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Galleries, the main sector of the show, will feature 221 galleries presenting the highest quality of painting, sculpture, drawing, installation, photography, video and editioned works. A strong list of returning exhibitors is joined by six galleries who will exhibit within the sector for the first time, having previously shown in Statements or Feature: Applicat-Prazan (Paris), Borzo (Amsterdam), Karma International (Zurich, Beverly Hills), Jack Shainman Gallery (New York, Kinderhook), Stevenson (Cape Town, Johannesburg) and Barbara Wien (Berlin). The Galleries sector will also include two completely new exhibitors: joségarcía ,mx (Mexico DF) and Pace/MacGill Gallery (New York). The full gallery list is available from artbasel.com/basel/galleries.
The Edition sector, dedicated to prints and limited-editioned works, will bring together 16 specialists in the field. This year’s show will feature Brooke Alexander, Inc. (New York), Niels Borch Jensen Gallery and Editions (Copenhagen, Berlin), Alan Cristea Gallery (London), mfc – michèle didier (Paris), Atelier-Editions Fanal (Basel), Gemini G.E.L. LLC (Los Angeles), Helga Maria Klosterfelde Edition (Berlin, Hamburg), Sabine Knust (Munich), Carolina Nitsch (New York), Pace Prints (New York), Paragon (London), Polígrafa Obra Gràfica (Barcelona), STPI (Singapore), Three Star Books (Paris), Two Palms (New York) and ULAE (Bay Shore).
The Feature sector presents galleries with precise curatorial projects, showing both historical and contemporary work. This year’s expanded sector will feature 32 galleries of which eight galleries are new to the show. Highlights of the sector will include a restaging of Jannis Kounellis’ (b.1936) seminal work ‘Da inventare sul posto’ (1972), a hybrid of painting and performance in which a violinist playing a section of ‘La Pulcinella’ is joined by an un-choreographed ballerina in front of an abstract painting, presented by Luxembourg & Dayan (New York, London). Bergamin & Gomide (São Paulo) will show a selection of works by Mira Schendel (b.1919) relating to the most important phases of the artist’s practice. James Cohan Gallery (New York) will exhibit a selection of very rare Pop works by Robert Smithson (b.1938) predating his c lassic N on-Sites and seminal outdoor earthworks. The selection of drawings presented will demonstrate the breadth of Smithson’s cultural interests along with his willingness to combine the sacred with the profane. galerie frank elbaz (Paris) will present a selection of works on paper, paintings and sculptures by three artists linked to the West Coast’s Beat Generation: Jay DeFeo (b.1929), Wallace Berman(b.1926) and Bruce Conner (b.1933). Derek Eller Gallery (New York) will show a selection of newly discovered sketchbook drawings by Karl Wirsum (b.1939) from the period 1963–1969, representing studies for a number of his significant Hairy Who era paintings and comic book pages. Waldburger Wouters (Brussels) will present Lynn Hershman Leeson’s (b.1941) ground breaking ‘The Roberta Breitmore Series’ (1974–1978), a body of work encompassing the key elements of the artist’s practice and widely acknowledged as b eing a p recursor to the later work of Cindy Sherman and Sophie Calle. espaivisor (Valencia) will show a selection of early works by the conceptual artist Braco Dimitrijević (b.1948), the first significant presentation of his work at an art fair since he showed at the inaugural edition of Art Basel in 1970, while Grimm (Amsterdam) will present a solo booth of historical conceptual works by Ger van Elk (b.1941).
Additional highlights of the Feature sector will include a presentation by Wentrup (Berlin) of Olaf Metzel’s (b.1952) ‘Sammelstelle’ (1992), an immersive and emotive installation which initially responded to refugees arriving in Germany from former Yugoslavia in 1992, but today resonates heavily with the current European migration crisis, while James Fuentes (New York) will present Jonas Mekas’ (b.1922) ‘Images Out of Darkness: Reminiscences of a Displaced Person, Postwar Germany 1945-1949’ (2012), a series of images documenting his own experiences of displacement and confinement. Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects (Culver City) will show new paintings by Sadie Benning (b.1973).
Solo presentations in the Statements sector offer visitors and collectors the opportunity to discover the work of emerging artists and young galleries. This year, seven of the 18 galleries exhibiting within Statements will be new to the show: Johan Berggren Gallery (Malmö), Carroll / Fletcher (London), Selma Feriani Gallery (Sidi Bou Said), Foxy Production (New York), Maisterravalbuena (Madrid), Galeria Stereo (Warsaw) and Simone Subal Gallery (New York). Laura Bartlett Gallery (London) will present Sol Calero’s (b.1982) installation of a replicated Latin American Bureau de Change, incorporating the creation of a currency edition for the show, bringing to the fore the fragility of currency circulation and the current situation in her home country of Venezuela. Bureau (New York) will present new sculptural installations by Lionel Maunz (b.1976) exploring his dark vi sion of our society and of his own memories, whilst Foxy Production (New York) will show ‘Soft Misogyny’ (2016), a major new film by Sara Cwynar (b.1985) that reflects her interest in how objects circulate via the internet. Newcomer, Johan Berggren Gallery (Malmö) will be showing a new script ‘Turtle’ (2015) recently written by Jasper Spicero (b.1990). Alongside the script, Spicero will be showing a digitally rendered animation, sculptural works as well as an installational environment. 47 Canal (New York) will present new works by Ajay Kurian (b.1984) initially inspired by Pixar’s recent film ‘Inside Out’, whilst Société (Berlin) will present an immersive tomb-like installation by Timur Si-Qin (b.1984) filling the entirety of their stand. Carroll / Fletcher (London) will premier Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme’s (b.1983) installation ‘May Amnesia Never Kiss Us on the Mouth’ (2016), the result of a two-year research project on amnesia in an age where documentation has never been so incessant. Micky Schubert (Berlin) will present an environment of photographic images by Ketuta Alexi-Meskhishvili (b.1979), specially conceived for the show, and Arratia Beer (Berlin) will present Mary Reid Kelley’s (b.1979) new film ‘This is Offal’ (2015), which examines suicide in tragicomic form. Selma Feriani Gallery (Sidi Bou Said) will present a selection of mixed media works by Massinissa Selmani (b.1980) representing the artist’s continuous journey in exploring and depicting movement inspired by popular imagery and happenings.
The Baloise Art Prize will be awarded to up to two artists exhibiting in Statements, with recipients being announced during the show in June. The Bâloise Group also acquires works by the award-winning artists, which it donates to the Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main and Mudam Luxembourg. The institutions will hold solo exhibitions for the recipients of the award.
Unlimited, Art Basel’s unique platform for projects that transcend the limitations of a traditional art-fair stand, will be curated for the fifth year by Gianni Jetzer, Curator-at-large at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington DC, with over 70 works ranging from large-scale sculptures and paintings to video projections, installations and live performances. Further details will be announced in the coming months
Parcours, a series of site-specific sculptures, interventions and performances by renowned international artists and emerging talents, presented by Art Basel galleries, will be curated for the first time by Samuel Leuenberger, founder of the not-for-profit exhibition space SALTS, in Birsfelden, Switzerland. Parcours this year will again take place around Basel’s Münsterplatz area. Parcours is open to the public and free of charge. Further details will be announced in the coming months.
Screened at Stadtkino Basel, Art Basel’s Film program, which features films by and about artists, will be curated for the second time by Cairo-based film curator and art lecturer Maxa Zoller. Further details on this year’s Film program will be released in the coming months.
Conversations and Salon, the extensive program of talks and panel discussions accompanies the gallery presentations in Basel offering audience’s access to first-hand information on the international art world. The talks will take place in the auditorium within Hall 1. Videos of past talks and discussions can be found at artbasel.com/basel/talks. Further details on this year’s Conversations and Salon program will be released in the coming months.
Design Miami Basel, the global forum for collectible design, runs June 14 – 19, with a preview day on Monday, June 13 (by invitation). The fair resumes in Hall 1 South on the Messeplatz. The 11th edition will present more than 50 participating galleries exhibiting historic and contemporary design alongside a robust cultural program of commissions, talks and satellite shows. For more details, please visit designmiami.com
During Art Basel, the city’s museums will once again offer a series of significant exhibitions. Home to one of the largest and oldest public museum collections in Europe, The Kunstmuseum Basel will reveal its new gallery building in April 2016 with the special exhibition ‘Sculpture on the Move 1946–2016’, that focuses on sculptural art between the end of World War II and the present, and the exhibition ‘Barnett Newman—Drawings and Prints’. Fondation Beyeler will show a comprehensive exhibition devoted to Alexander Calder and the artistic partnership of Peter Fischliand David Weiss. The exhibition centres on the moment of fragile equilibrium, a precarious and at the same time auspicious state that is never more than temporary. The Schaulager will exhibit ‘Zita – Щapa Kammerstück von Katharina Fritsch und Alexej Koschkarow‘, while ‘Frankfurter Block’ by Reinhard Mucha will be the main focus of an exhibition at the Museum für Gegenwartskunst. Museum Tinguely will present ‘Michael Landy. Out of Order’, the artist’s first retrospective outside of the United Kingdom, while a large institutional show by Yngve Holen and a new project by Anne Imhof will be on view at the Kunsthalle Basel. The Vitra Design Museum will present the first European retrospective of textile artist Alexander Girard.