Between 19-22 June you can see the art shows of over 300 galleries from around the world in Basel, Switzerland. Art Basel is the world’s premier modern and contemporary art exhibition and includes the highest-quality paintings, sculptures, drawings, installations, photographs, video and editioned works.
Basel is uniquely situated at the border between Switzerland, France and Germany. With its world-class museums, theaters, concert halls, medieval old town, and new architecture, it ranks as one of Europe’s most alluring cultural cities.
But if the city itself isn’t a sufficient reason to visit the fair below we can check 10 more reasons for why Basel is the place to be in June.
1. Animal Instinct Show
Animal Instinct is a show from New York that blends music, dance, fashion and multimedia into a unique mix. This show can be seen in Basel from 21 until 22 June – during the renowned art festival Art Basel and will be performed at four different dates in the event hall, Rhypark.
2. Parcour Sector
For this year’s Parcours sector, Art Basel will install 15 site-specific works in the historic Kleinbasel neighborhood in various locations around the street Rheingasse. Florence Derieux, who is Director of FRAC Champage-Ardenne, curates Parcours for the second time this year and has chosen art by a group of big name artists including Francesco Arena, Darren Bader, Gottfried Bechtold, Pierre Bismuth, Jean-Luc Blanc, Ryan Gander, Mark Handforth, Iman Issa, João Penalva and Zeng Fanzhi.
3. Unlimited Catalog
Unlimited is Art Basel’s pioneering exhibition platform for projects that transcend the traditional art fair stand. The innovative work includes out-sized sculpture and paintings, video projections, large-scale installations, and live performances.
This year’s catalogue was designed by Carolin Weiss and is a limited edition available to purchase at the show and priced at €35.
The issue is so unique that is by itself a reason to go to the show and get a copy while they’re available.
4. 14 Rooms
Curated by Klaus Biesenbach and Hans Ulrich Obrist, the exhibition ‘14 Rooms‘ will feature performative works by 14 artists. Each artist will activate a room, exploring the relationship between space, time and physicality with an artwork whose ‘material’ is the human being. Giving visitors an insight into a more performative and interactive practice, visitors will encounter a new situation within each of the 14 rooms, engaging in a diverse series of surreal experiences.
5. Tanya Bonkdar Gallery
Tanya Bonakdar Gallery is an art gallery located in New York City founded by Tanya Bonakdar. The gallery has a consistent and rigorous program in the exhibition of new work by contemporary artists in all media, including painting, sculpture, installation, photography, and video.
The gallery represents over 30 internationally recognized artists, including established figures.
6. Alex Hubbard
Alex Hubbard is a New York based artist who works in painting and video. The use of the two media – in itself an unusual combination – is, for him, inextricably linked.
Above you can see a fim still from ‘Hit Wave,’ 2012. A digital video with color + sound.
7. Annette Messager
Annette Messager is one of the most interesting figures of the international art scene and occupies a privileged place among French artists. She represented France at the Venice Biennale 2005, where she received the Golden Lion.
Above is a picture of her artwork Jalousie/Love.
8. Herald St London
St. Herald is a art gallery in London. Above you can see Christina Mackie’s artwork, ‘The roiling’, made with scroll, glass sheets, mirror/varnish floor plates, paintings and lamps.
9. Edition Sector
In the Edition sector at #ABB2014, leading publishers of editioned works, prints, and multiples exhibit the results of their collaboration with renowned artists.
10. Paulina Olowska
‘Constructivish driedulk’ is the name of this art by Paulina Olowska a polish artist.