Highlights From Art Basel 2018 In Basel, Switzerland

Art & Design

June 14, 2018 | BY AFP

Art Basel is known for bringing the international art world together and connecting collectors, galleries, and artists, and from June 14-17, the Basel event will fill the Swiss city with lively exhibitions, installations, and public art. We showcase some of the week's highlights here

Man in a Shirt Drawer, by Lubaina Himid, 2017-2018 (Photo: Andy Keate/Hollybush Gardens, London, for Art Basel 2018)

Hanging Rock, by Elmgreen & Dragset, 2017 (Photo: Courtesy of Elmgreen & Dragset and König Galerie, for Art Basel 2018)

Art Basel 2017 (Photo: Courtesy of Art Basel)

Lubaina Himid

The Zanzibar-born British artist is winner of the 2017 Turner Prize, and at Art Basel the gallery Hollybush Gardens will present some of her new and recent works as part of the Feature sector -- sure to be a highlight of the fair.

"Bruce Nauman: Disappearing Acts"

An ongoing exhibition at Basel's Schaulager presents a comprehensive retrospective of this influential artist through more than 170 artworks spanning from the 1960s to the present, including early performances on film and video, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture, neon and installations. After wrapping up in Basel, the show is headed to MoMA in New York.

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Currently occupying Basel's Messeplatz, and culminating the week of Art Basel, this creative initiative commissioned by Art Basel features a series of immersive projects intended to connect the city and its residents to the 90,000 visitors to Art Basel. A multi-purpose civic structure is hosting performances and talks allowing participants to learn from and teach one another.

Surrounding the structure, a large-scale installation of gravel deposits from an active quarry is being orchestrated by artist Lara Almarcegui from June 11 to June 15, to grow daily in increments that mirror the volume of gravel extracted from a Basel quarry.

Public art on Münsterplatz

Art Basel's Parcours section is bringing 23 site-specific artworks to the area around historic Basel. Among highlights, Hannah Weinberger is installing 10 sound systems through the city's sewers that will play site-specific compositions.

Elmgreen & Dragset's sculpture "Hanging Rock" will be suspended in mid-air in the Antikenmuseum Basel und Sammlung Ludwig, while Pierre Huyghe's "Exomind (Deep Water") will feature a female figure with a beehive growing from her head; the bees will pollinate the flora in the Allgemeine Lesegesellschaft Basel.

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 Theaster Gates: "Black Madonna"

The Kunstmuseum Basel is presenting an exhibition by American artist Theaster Gates that will be spread out across two of its venues, exploring the cult of the Black Madonna. In the museum's new building, Gates will build a shrine to the Black Madonna, while an installation at Gegenwart will turn the space into a site of creative production -- complete with sound studio and printing workshops -- where he will work with his personal archives.

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