Art Basel's pioneering exhibition platform for out-sized sculpture and paintings, video projections, large-scale installations, and live performances that fill the stunning volume of the Herzog and de Meuron hall. It is curated by New York-based Gianni Jetzer who gives it a distinctive political and ecological dimension. Ai WeiWei’s 'Stacked' will be worth the visit, as will works by the disruptive Kader Attia and eco-militant Olafur Eliasson.
New solo projects by young, emerging artists. Look out for a site-specific project by Swiss artist Raphael Hefti, which will produce aluminum sculptures onsite.
This sector engages the city's historical quarters with site-specific projects and will take place this year around the Münsterplatz area near the Basel cathedral. Parcours Night on 20 June is like jumping into a pool of performance art and will include this year the electrifying Alexandra Bachzetsis and light illusionist Edwin van der Heide.
A premier program of film and video works, selected for the first time by Cairo-based film curator and lecturer Maxa Zoller and will feature the long-awaited European premier of ‘Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict’, Takashi Murakami’s first feature film ‘Jellyfish Eyes’ and Hassan Hajjaj’s new film ‘Karima: A Day in the Life of a Henna Girl’. Art Basel will collaborate for the first time with the Festival del film Locarno on a special screening.
Things to do around Art Basel
This year, Art Basel is shaping to be a even more of an global event as its predecessors. And like any high standing grand event, this one has a whole host of great places to wine, dine and see.