Cape Town Art Week and Cape Town Art Fair 2019
ART WEEK CAPE TOWN needs no introduction to local denizens of the art world. Now in its seventh year, it is aimed at strengthening and increasing access to Cape Town city’s contemporary art sector.
ART WEEK CAPE TOWN needs no introduction to local denizens of the art world. Now in its seventh year, it is aimed at strengthening and increasing access to Cape Town city’s contemporary art sector.
Every year the Armory Week brings the latest developments in modern and contemporary art to New York City. The art week which takes its name from the Armory Show is ready to return with its 2018 edition. Lasting not one but for two weeks this year, the Armory Week is made of multiple New York events and fairs which come one after another. Let’s have a look at the 2018 Armory Week, and explore what-where-and-whens of the best New York fairs and shows together.
The ADAA Art Show gives direction to American Contemporary Art every year. Now in its 30th year, the show will take place in the Park Avenue Armory in New York. Featuring 72 dealers, the ADAA Art Show will present and showcase the best examples of modern and contemporary art from America and beyond. This year, many of the 72 exhibitors at the fair gave over their booths to presentations of single artists, among them are Peter Saul at Michael Werner, Harmony Hammond at Alexanger Grey and Thomas Chimes at the Lock Gallery.
In its 24th year, the Armory Show not only gives its name to the Armory Week but also presents the best artworks of the 20th and 21th century. This year the fair will feature presentations from 200 international galleries on Piers 92 and 94 and will include a “Focus” section. Under the direction of Minneapolis Institute of Art curator Gabriel Ritter, the Focus section will explore technology and its relationship to arts.
This year, NADA has moved its location south, to the ground floor of Skylight Clarkson Square in West SoHo. Featuring 100 exhibitors from 17 countries in its new 60.000 sq metres venue, NADA will host new galleries from Milan, New York and Michigan. In 2018, it also offers a fund for Bronx Museum of the Arts curators to acquire a work from the fair for the institution’s permanent collection.
Right at the next door to the Armory Show, in Pier 90, Volta NY will host 85 international contemporary galleries from all around the world. Artist Mickalene Thomas and collector and consultant Racquel Chevremont are co-organizing the fair’s “Curated” section this year. Titled “The Aesthetics of Matter,” this section features a project of eight artists relying on collaged material in their work.
Organized in two major cities, Brussels and New York, Independent Art Fair’s 2018 New York edition will host many important solo and site-specific projects. Now on its ninth edition in the Spring Studios in Tribeca, it will feature 50 exhibitors, 19 of whom are showing there for the first time.
Scope 2018 returns to the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea between 9-11 March. In its 18th iteration, Scope will host 60 exhibitors which aim to bring to light the latest trends in contemporary art. One of the most important elements of the fair is its VIP Programming, which offers a rich program of events, screening and talks.
Held at Pier 36, the Art On Paper focuses on works done on paper. This year it features 85 exhibitors, all of whom will show latest trends in modern and contemporary art and will present artists who create marvels with the medium of paper.
Known as ‘’An Anti-fair of Indenpendent Artists’’ the Clio Art Fair provides an alternative fair experience that goes beyond booth and gallery representation. Aiming at supporting and showcasing independent artists, it will be held at the 35th Street, and as usual, it is free to the public.
Positioned as the most prestigious and leading art fair in Africa, Investec Cape Town Art Fair will take place between the 16-18th of February 2018 in the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC). The fair will feature very important names from all over the World and from Africa and its diaspora, as well as young artists and newly emerging galleries. It will not only bring the best examples of African Contemporary Art to the World scene but also will turn this vibrant and dynamic city into a cultural hub.
Since its first edition six years ago, Investec Cape Town Art Fair has become one of the most important fairs which introduced South African art and artists and its diaspora to the world, and encouraged an artistic and cultural dialogue. Every year it forms an economic platform both in the city and beyond, which plays a key role in the growth of the South African art market through increased purchases and participation. It continues to develop knowledge and expertise in art industry. According to the fair director Laura Vincenti, ‘’the fair provides a platform to showcase works by both established and emerging Pan-African and diasporic artists and exposing these artists to new local and international audiences and collectors, to further a sustainable market for the arts on the continent.”
Cape Town, with its geography and cultural diversity, is a special city for collectors, art lovers and professionals. Thanks to the rich fair program made of panels and talks, special exhibits and installations and video screenings after fair hours, the fair will make Cape Town an artistic habitat during 24 hours a day.
What do we see in the 2018 edition? Sponsored by Investec, this year fair features approximately 85 galleries and 75 artists from all over the World. Galleries from South Africa, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Italy and UK will showcase a rich collection of visual arts such as traditional arts, paintings, drawings and sculpture. In the MAIN SECTION, we see a total of 37 leading international galleries including October Gallery London, Worldart Cape Town, ArtCO GALLERY and Art FIRST. TOMORROWS/TODAY features new emerging gallery and artists, who are considered as today’s young and dynamic actors that will be tomorrow’s important leading names. Curated by Tumelo Mosaka, this section features a total of 10 galleries.
When we look at new sections and additions to the fair, firstly we see SOLO. In its first iteration, the section is curated by Nontobeko Ntombla and is dedicated to women artists. Galleries and works on display in SOLO will offer different perspectives towards socio-political issues faced by women, while also highlighting their contribution to the art world.
Another new and important part of the fair is the AFTER HOURS HUB. As part of the project, a special film screening program entitled ‘Harboured’ will take place. The best examples of video art will meet with the public in three spaces located in Cape Town’s art and culture centre, Silo region. Curated by Brent Meistre, this program will screen video art by important artists after fair hours. The screenings will last throughout the entire evening, until 11 pm, and will make art accessible to the public for 24 hours.
When we look at the commissioned works, we see three important artists, Lungiswa Gqunta, Turiya Magadlela and Sethembile Msezane. These artists were commissioned to create installations that represent women’s domestic life. Made of objects found in domestic spaces, these installations which will feature in the UNFRAMED section will comment on the roles of women, and hence present a different fair experience which goes beyond traditional booth exhibits.
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Turkey’s new generation artists graduating this year will meet with art-lovers at BASE exhibition that will be held at Galata Greek Primary School on December 21-24 upon completion of selections by an international jury of 23 jurors. Co-sponsored by HP, Intel, Kale Seramik and TEB Private Banking, BASE is the first collective platform for newly graduates of Fine Arts Faculties in Turkey.
New artists from 51 universities applied to BASE with 1000 works in print, glassworks, installation, photography, visual communication design, graphic design, scuplture, painting, ceramic works, Turkish handicrafts and video categories and the distinguished jurors selected 116 works of 108 artists from 31 universities Turkey-wide to be showcased at BASE.
BASE brings together works of newly graduated emerging artists that are selected by internationally recognized names with diversified experience and distinguished voice in the art world. BASE aims to support the emerging artists in their transition to proffesional world, with the mission to help young artist be spotted by galleries, collectors, art-lovers and innovative industries. BASE is curated by the curator, art critic, academician Derya Yücel. All participating artists from Istanbul and outside the city with the support of Pegasus Airlines will have the opportunity to display their works and meet with prominent figures of the art world, and collectors and art-lovers will have the opprtunity to discover these young artists, communicating and buying their works without any intermediaries.
During the exhibition visitors and artists whose works will be displayed will be able to participate in ‘BASE Talks’’ panel discussion and dialogue sessions where the speakers will share their knowledge and experiences in the art world. Here are the speakers of the 4-day program: Adnan Yerebakan, Agah Uğur, Ahmet Doğu İpek, Ahmet Elhan, Ahu Antmen, Alev Ebuzziya Siesbye, Ali Güreli, Ali Kazma, Ali Kerem Bilge, Alper Turan,Arda Yalkın, Aslı Öymen, Aslı Sümer, Ayça Telgeren, Azade Köker, Banu Çarmıklı, Banu Taşkın, Beyza Boynudelik, Burçak Bingöl, CANAN, Candaş Şişman, Cem Akar, Cem Sağbil,Coşar Kulaksız, Çağrı Saray, Çelenk Bafra, Deniz Artun, Derya Bigalı, Derya Yücel, Devabil Kara, Ebru Yetişkin, Erdal İnci, Elvan Ekren, Emin Çapa, Emin Hitay, Erim Bayrı, Esra Yıldız, Evren Erol, Gamze Büyükkuşoğlu, Gökşen Buğra, Gönül Nuhoğlu, Gülsün Karamustafa, Hale Tenger, Hamit Hamutçu, Hande Şekerciler, Haro Cümbüşyan, Hera Büyüktaşçıyan, Hüma Kabakçı, İdil Deniz Türkmen, İnci Furni, İpek Duben, Karoly Aliotti, Kemal Özen, Kerem Ozan Bayraktar, Marcus Graf, Mehmet Ali Bakanay,Mehmet Güleryüz, Mehmet Kahraman, Melih Görgün, Merve Akar, Merve Çağlar, Metehan Özcan, Mine Kaplangı, Moiz Zilberman, Murat Germen, Murat Morova, Mustafa Taviloğlu, Mümtaz Sağlam, Nancy Atakan, Naz Cuğuloğlu, Nevzat Sayın, Nihal Kafalı, Nur Koçak,Orhan Cem Çetin, Oya Delahaye, Pemra Ataç Açıktan, Refik Anadol, Saruhan Doğan, Selin Söl, Selim Ünlüsoy, Selman Bilal, Sera Sade, Serhat Cacekli, Seval Yavuz Seyhan Musaoğlu, Taner Ceylan, Tomur Atagök, Tony Ventura, Volkan Kızıltunç, Yasemin Bay, Yunus Emre Erdoğan, Yusuf Sevinçli and Zuhal Baysar. You can follow the program at base.ist.
23 jurors of national and global prominence selected the works to be displayed at BASE. Aaron Cezar, founder of Delfina Foundation, Agah Uğur, Borusan CEO and collector, Ahu Antmen, art writer, critic and academician, collector Aslı Bilge, collector & art critic Banu Çarmıklı, Istanbul Modern Exhibitions and Programs Director Çelenk Bafra, The Armory Show Director Deborah Harris, Galerist executive director Doris Benhalegua, artist Ergin İnan, Chairman of TÜSİAD Board and collector Erol Bilecik, artist Hera Büyüktaşçıyan, photograph artist Murat Germen, painet Neş’e Erdok, Peter Drake the dean of New York Academy of Art, Galerie Voss director Rudiger Voss, Selin Söl founder of Daire Sanat, graphic designer /art director Stephan Bundi, Spot Projects founder/collectioner Tansa Mermerci Ekşioğlu, Yeşim Turanlı founder of Piartworks, graphic designer Yeşim Demir and sculptor Ziyatin Nuriev.
All the works at the 15th Istanbul Biennial are worth being seen; but some are definitely not to be missed. Here is our selection of the seven works from the biennial that are a must-see.
The master’s installation Untitled (1994-96) consists of nine pairs of a man’s legs and a hand. The work isolating these limbs from their functions and from the whole body they are part of, is reminiscent of areas dominated by male energy and masculine rituals.
The Moroccan artist’s site-specific fresco, Crowd Fade (2017), refers to the dissappointment social uprisings produce when they remain fruitless. The viewer is invited to walk through a narrow corridor between two walls facing each other and two lines of debris that fell off these walls.
With his three-channel video installation Home Sweet Home (2017), Volkan Aslan questions the boundaries between the sedentary and the nomadic, the indoor and the outdoor, the safe and the unsafe situations, pointing out to the fragility of the current state of each and every one of us.
The young artist’s work Our Family Lost (2017) consists of a labyrinth composed of rooms that become smaller as the viewer proceeds. This dreamlike installation making the viewer lose his or her sense of direction also refers to concepts like alienation and the disintegration of social solidarity.
In the video Wonderland (2016) by the artist born in Mardin and based in Diyarbakır, a hearing and talking-impaired boy named Muhammed tries to tell, through signs and gestures, the story of his trauma within the context of the migration wave taking over the entire Middle East.
The artist interested in ecosystems and taxonomies creates two cabins of curiosity, İstanbul’s Persistent Weeds (2017) and The Resilient Marine Life of stanbul (2017). The first illustrates the plant species that managed to survive in spite of Istanbul’s intense wave of urbanization, while the second features the sea creatures that still inhabit the Bosphorus.
The Fourth Seal – HE is to No Purpose and HE Wants to Die for the Second Time (2010) from the Hong Kong-based artist’s Seven Seals series is a multi-channel video installation of continuously looping words. The artist opening the gates into an existential questioning on the end of the world, is heavily inspired by religious and philosophical literature.
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As every year, a very rich schedule of events is waiting for the art enthusiasts who will be in London during Frieze week. Especially in the last five years, Frieze London has been considered one of the most important international contemporary art fairs. In the Galleries section featuring the some of the world’s leading galleries, highlights include Marianne Boesky, Tanya Bonakdar, Chantal Crousel, Massimo de Carlo, Eigen + Art, Gagosian, Hauser & Wirth, Lisson, Nordenhake, Pace, Esther Schipper, White Cube and David Zwirner.
The fair’s non-profit section Frieze Projects, on the other hand, stands out with the medicinal plant exhibition outside the fair and the empathy-based interactive performance by the South African artist Donna Kukama; the Antarctica project where the artist duo Lucy + Jorge Orta explore alternative models of community building and Georgina Starr’s performance Androgynous Egg, taking place in a sculptural environment.
The Focus section hosts several young and exciting galleries, including Arcadia Missa from London, Emmanuel Layr from Vienna and Night Gallery from Los Angeles, one of the former participants of Artinternational Istanbul.
In this year’s edition that gives particular importance to the subject of Feminism, one of the most highly anticipated sections is the special projects exhibition Sexwork, curated by Alison Gingeras and featuring participating galleries such as Air de Paris, Salon 94 and Regen Projects.
You may visit Frieze Masters for works dating back to a period ranging from the Ancient Era to the late 20th century. The event features more than 130 galleries and its Collections section curated by Sir Norman Rosenthal is particularly worthy of seeing with the various authentic art forms it brings into attention.
For those who enjoy art outdoors and in nature, Frieze Sculpture is an ideal option. Urs Fischer, KAWS, Michael Craig-Martin and Ugo Rondinone are only some of the 25 artists whose works will be on view in this section.
Among these, the fifth edition of the 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair taking place in October 5-8 at the Somerset House is definitely not to be missed. The fair’s FORUM section themed The Conversationists brings into discussion the role of educational programs in building sustainable economies of information.
The Special Projects, on the other hand, stands out with the highly anticipated film program History is Not Mine, organized by the Capetown and Johannesburg-based Goodman Gallery. The films will be on view from October 6 to 8, every day from noon to 1 pm.
Another must-see exhibition was inaugurated on September 21 at The Barbican Center; Jean-Michel Basquiat: Boom for Real brings together more than a hundred of the artist’s works from museums and collections worldwide.
Another exciting event will start on October 5: the group exhibition Everything at Once, organized by Lisson Gallery and Vinyl Factory at 180 The Strand, comes with an extraordinary artist list featuring names like Ai Weiwei, Anish Kapoor, Marina Abramoviç, Cory Arcangel, Dan Graham, Susan Hiller and Tatsuo Miyajima.
Katharina Grosse, South London Gallery.
South London Gallery presents This Drove my Mother up the Wall, an exhibition by Katharina Grosee featuring site-specific wall paintings. For photography enthusiasts, Whitechapel Gallery is a compulsory stop. Thomas Ruff: Photographs 1979 – 2017 is an outstanding retrospective of Ruff’s four decades of artistic practice.
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Contemporary Istanbul (CI) is pleased to announce its final exhibitors list for the upcoming 12th edition of the fair which is supported by Akbank. New for 2017 is a revised fair design by the award-winning architects Tabanlıoğlu Architects who will create a city-park. The fair will also feature a new sculpture exhibition The Fifth Element at the neighbouring Sanatçılar Park, curated by Prof. Hasan Bülent Kahraman. A place to discover and rediscover significant artists, CI will spread over the 13,600 m2 spaces of Lütfi Kırdar ICEC Rumeli Hall and Istanbul Congress Center with the support of Akbank and associate sponsor Ferko.
CI brings together leading contemporary galleries, artists and collectors from Turkey and around the world, giving a regional and international focus. Reflecting the role of Istanbul as a centre point between East and West, CI is an international art platform at the heart of Turkey’s thriving contemporary art scene. CI strongly believes in the critical role of art as a catalyst for dialogue, mutual understanding and reconciliation.
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The excitement for the 15th Istanbul biennial is everywhere. We asked Anna Zizlsperger, Huma Kabakcı, Mine Küçük and Ömer Özyürek, important figures in our art scene, their expectations from the event.
I am very excited about the upcoming 15th edition of the Istanbul Biennial. The local art scene needs the energy the biennial brings with it and I can feel how people are motivated and full of hope that the event will re-unite Turkey’s art scene with the rest of the world after all the terrible events of the past year. I think the curators did an amazing job at underlining the fact that now it is important, more than ever, to come to Turkey and create critical artistic discourse.
When I heard that this edition of the biennial was going to be curated by Elmgreen and Dragset, I was thrilled; I immediately thought of ‘The Collectors’, the exhibition they co-curated at the Scandinavian and Danish pavilions of the 53rd Venice Biennial. I am sure this artist duo will impress the audience with their sense of humor and selection of artists around the theme ‘a good neighbor’.
As I am responsible for training the biennial guides, we have already begun to read about the featured artworks. I think the curators not only came up with a conceptual framework relevant for the present day but they also selected the artworks with utmost care. I expect the biennial to be easy to navigate and the viewers will enjoy it.
With the theme ‘A Good Neighbour’, I expect the 15th Istanbul Biennial to examine the relationships between people, life and places, questioning the problems of our daily life, the liberties in individual, common and public spaces, and the presence or absence of reciprocal tolerance. I believe this biennial and other simultaneous art events will revive the art market that has been static since the last biennial, and will increase the enthusiasm for art that has recently been going down.
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The 15th edition of the Istanbul Biennial will start on September 16, welcoming all art enthusiasts on a free entrance basis. Thanks to IKSV’s funding, 30 of the 56 participating artists produced new works for the biennial that is also celebrating its 30th anniversary. Referring to the biennial as “a liberal creative platform and a breathing space for artists and art enthusiasts alike”, Bülent Eczacıbaşı, the President of IKSV, added that their efforts were directed towards “creating the ideal conditions so that intercultural dialogues can emerge and cultures can freely interact”.
Speaking on behalf of Koç Holding, the biennial’s main sponsor since 2007, the President Ömer M. Koç emphasized the biennial’s steady audience growth: “in the years our sponsorship started, the biennial’s audience was expressed in tens of thousands; but since 2013, also thanks to our growing support, it reached four hundred thousand”. He continued that, as Koç Group, they considered arts and culture to be one of the most important elements of social development, and touching upon the biennial’s theme, “A Good Neighbor”, he said: “We live in a world where borders become more and more questionable every day, and in difficult times marked by increased war and tension. What we currently need most is to listen more carefully to the language of art that takes its strength from culture and universal values”.
The curators Elmgreen and Dragset made important remarks on the biennial’s theme as well. The duo emphasized that people’s ways of living together were different from and much richer than the relations between the governments and politicians representing them. Referring to the example of Trump’s wall project at the Mexican border, they added that both Turkey and the world at large were going through difficult times in terms of neighboring relations. Explaining that the artists who produced new works for the biennial visited Istanbul several times and reacted to its architectural and sociocultural texture, the curators observed that most people went to their childhood memories when asked about who the good neighbor was, where they found the ultimate peace and security. Consequently, the works that emerged tackled less macro-level subjects, focusing on the artists’ personal life experiences.
On the other hand, Zeyno Pekünlü, the Coordinator of Public Programs, approached the theme from a more ecological point of view. She focused on the marine life in the seas surrounding Istanbul, its stray animals and trees. Pekünlü made the exciting announcement that this year’s program not only featured seminars but also events such as cooking sessions and music workshops that would allow the participants to interact.
The most anticipated art event of this fall is surely the 15th Istanbul Biennial curated by the famous artistic duo Elgreem & Dragset, taking place between September 16 and November 12 with the theme ‘A Good Neighbour’. Referred to by Newsweek as ‘one of the top 5 exhibitions of 2017 worth travelling for’ and by NY Observer as ‘one of the top 10 global art events of 2017’ the event is going to be free entrance thanks to Koç Holding’s sponsorship.
The Scandinavian curators Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset aim at studying how people with different identities and lifestyles approach belongingness and privacy departing from concepts of a good neighbour and home, with a particular emphasis on women and feminism. The international outdoor campaign that the biennial’s graphic designer Rupert Smyth realized in collaboration with the artists is also worthy of attention. The artworks exhibited on the billboards of cultural institutions from several countries in combination with 40 different questions on what a good neighbour is, examine the transformation the concepts of home and neighborhood went through all around the world. The biennial’s consulting committee is composed of Adriano Pedrosa, one of the event’s former curators, Curator Başak Şenova, Artist İnci Eviner, Whitechapel Gallery Director Iwona Blazwick and Curator Ute Meta Bauer.
The biennial extends to 6 different venues, namely Istanbul Modern, Pera Museum, Galata Greek Primary School, Ark Kültür, Küçük Mustafa Paşa Hamam and Artist’s Collective Studio (an artist studio rearranged for the event). The participant list with 55 artists from 32 countries is equally exciting. The participants from Turkey show great variety: a master like Candeğer Furtun; the internationally renowned artists Burçak Bingöl, Volkan Arslan and Ali Taptık; the young and emerging Gözde İlkin and Alper Aydın; dancer and performer Tuğçe Tuna; Yoğunluk artist collective; and Erkan Özgen and Bilal Yılmaz, artists based in Turkey’s more peripheral locations.
International highlights include Olaf Metzel with his sculptures and installations on public space; Monica Bonvicini with her multidimensional works on surveillance, power relations and gender, also known with her stairs in chains at Istanbul Modern and considered one of the artists with the best career performance of the last two decades; Louise Bourgeois, who became an icon in feminist art history with her sculpture, Mother; Berlinde De Bruyckere with her sculptures on human body, life and pain; Adel Abdessemed, questioning the notions of violence, terror and state with happenings around daily objects; and Xiao Yu, one of the rising stars of contemporary art in Asia.
The public program under Zeyno Pekünlü’s coordination will offer the art enthusiasts an opportunity to participate to talks and workshops on the biennial’s common theme.
We are counting days for the 48th edition of Art Basel, the most important event of June that brings together international artworld in the heart of the city. This year the Show will host more than 200 galleries and 4.000 artists from all over the world. During the Show, we will see best examples of Modern and Contemporary Art presented through specially programmed events, talks and shows. During three days, everything will be about art: from everything that we see to the every step that we take and everything that we talk about, all is art! In this page, we brought together the most exciting and districtive features of Art Basel 2017.
Art Basel returns to city with ground breaking, different and breath-taking artworks and projects. Like evey year, the heart of the Show is the Galleries Sector, featuring over 4000 artists. Projects from established and well-known artists will be presented in the Feature Sector whereas projects of new-emerging artists will meet with audience in the Stataments Sector. When we look at the Art Basel’s pioneering exhibition platform, Independent, we are seeing distinctive projects like always. Curated by Gianni Jetzer, this year Independent encompasses 76 large-scale artworks in multiple ways that go beyond a traditional art fair stand. With massive sculptures and paintings, video projections, installations and performances, Independent will push the limits. Projects include ‘’Cooking the World’’ (2017) by Suboth Gupta and ‘’Bliss’’ (Reality Check) (2017) by Danna Huanca.
Parcours, 12-18 June 2017
Under Parcours Sector, 22 special artworks will be on display in Basel’s Münsterplatz. Celebrating its 8th edition in historical center of Basel, Parcours will host artworks representing daily life concerns. Curated by Samuel Leuenberger, Parcours will feature important works such as Amanda Ross-Ho’s ‘’Unlimited Finding’’ (2017) and Markus Selg’s ‘’Arcadia’’ (2017). Parallel to the Parcours, The Natural History Museum of Basel is also hosting a special show. A work by GCC, ‘’Belief in the Power of Believe’’ (2017) will bring together Youtube videos with historical artifacts, and hence create an alternative and contemporary cultural heritage.
Claudia Comte ‘’Now I Won’’/ 13-18 June
A special project entitled as ‘’Now I Won’’ by Swedish artist Claudia Comte is placed in the heart of the city, in Basel’s Messeplatz. Located right next to the exhibition hall, this this open-air installation is bringing the city an immersive funfair, and enabling visitors to interact with the artwork on one hand, and spend time in the funfair on the other. 7 booths that are placed within the installation for visitors to play games like dart, bowling, wrist wrestling and mini golf and attend competitions. The winners will get an artwork by the artist.
Art Basel Film Program
This year Art Basel presents a special film program that consists of a total of 34 works to the viewer. Focusing on various international topics, these experimental and artistic films will shed light on political events of our age. The program is opening on the 12th of June with Eric Baudelaire’s latest work ‘’Also Known as Jahidi’’ (2017). One of the most distinctive features of the Program is special screening of Stanley Tucci’s ‘’Final Portrait’’ (2017).
In addition to this during the Show, magazines from all over the world will be presented in a collective single booth. Through magazines stand, and conversations and talks where art editors and publicators will be presenting, ongoing dialogue and current debates in the artworld will be revealed.
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Other parts of the Fair
SCOPE Basel/ 12-18 June
With its 11th anniversary edition, SCOPE will take place in its original place that is located just 3 blocks from Messeplatz. Featuring 70 international exhibitions from 52 cities and 27 countries, this year SCOPE presents the richess of Contemporary Art available nowhere else, and will bring to light the importance and role of art within city’s rich living culture and heritage.
LISTE Basel/ 13-18 June
Started in 1996, LISTE has been welcoming mostly new and a middle generation of galleries from all over the world. Since its beginning, it has become a must-visit place for almost every important artist and gallery. Aiming at presenting new galleries and newly emerging artists to the public, this year LISTE features 34 countries and 79 galleries, that were selected out of a total of 250 applications. Of these, 14 galleries is participating to LISTE for the first time. This year, the Helvetia Art Prize is given to Andriu Deplazes, a young artists who was born in 1993 and known with his figurative works.