Burning June for the Art World. as soon as Palermo is getting ready to host the 12′ edition of Manifesta, all the operators are running to Basel for the traditional big appointment of the season: Art Basel 2018

From June 14 to 17 ( with preview days on 12th and 13th of June) Messe Basel is hosting this major fair, ART BASEL 2018,  considered one of the most important of the world for Modern & Contemporary art, thus bringing together gallerists, artists, collectors, curators, museum directors and critics from across the globe. This year, 290 premier galleries, drawn from 35 countries across Europe, North and South America, Asia and Africa will present Modern and contemporary works by around 4,000 artists. The show also welcomes 16 galleries that join the fair for the first time, further rejuvenating the show and giving younger galleries the opportunity to present their program alongside today’s leading established galleries.

Founded in 1970 by gallerists from Basel, Art Basel today stages the world’s premier art shows for Modern and contemporary art, sited in Basel, Miami Beach and Hong Kong. Defined by its host city and region, each show is unique, which is reflected in its participating galleries, artworks presented, and the content of parallel programming produced in collaboration with local institutions for each edition.

This year main sector Galleries, will features 227 of the world’s leading galleries presenting the highest quality of painting, sculpture, drawing, installation, photography, video and digital works. Among those, there are also 17 italian galleries, presenting italian and international artist, as: Tornabuoni Arte, Galleria Continua, Galleria Tega, Galleria dello Scudo, Tucci Russo, Massimo De Carlo, Massimo Minini, Monica De Cardenas, P420, ZERO…, Gio Marconi, Alfonso Artiaco, Franco Noero, A Arte Invernizzi,Galleria Lorca O’Neill, Magazzino, Kaufmann Repetto. 

These additions reflect Art Basel’s efforts to steadily bring younger galleries and the next generation of Modern galleries into the main sector of the fair, where they can show the full range of their programs.

For instance, a special section, titled Feature, boasts a particularly ambitious selection of 31 precisely curated projects from both historical and contemporary artists as the very rare works by Rachel Whiteread  presented by Galleria Lorcan O’Neill Roma, also from her iconic limit ‘Bookshelf’ sculptural series,  but also some pivotal Italian postwar artist as Gilberto Zorio  from Arte Povera movement, which will be on display at Galerie Pietro Spartà, or ChertLüdde that will show two large inflatable sculptures by Franco Mazzucchelli (b. 1939).

On the other hand,the Statements sector presents 18 exciting solo projects by emerging artists, several addressing social-politica issues as the installation by Flaka Haliti (b. 1982), hosting a robot composed of found objects from KFOR military camps in Kosovo or  the ‘Ark’ byAlina Chaiderov (b. 1984)presented by  Antoine Levi,  which is a metaphor of the artist’s journey of exile from her homeland Russia to Sweden in 1990.

Then, a very can’t-miss sector, as every year, will be Untitled, a pioneering exhibition platform for projects that transcend the classical art-show stand curated by New York-based curator Gianni Jetzer, which includes massive sculpture and paintings, video projections, large-scale installations, and live performances.

But the art will be all around the city: first with Parcours, a sector presenting site-specific sculptures, interventions and performances by renowned international artists and emerging talents which will return for its ninth edition to the old city of Basel, and is curated for the third time bySamuel Leuenberger, founder of the non-profit exhibition space SALTS in Birsfelden, Switzerland. But there will be also a rich program of major museum shows as the Nauman big show,  ‘Bruce Nauman: Disappearing Acts‘, the  first comprehensive retrospective in over two decades, or the the Fondation Beyeler which will be dedicating their major summer exhibition to Alberto Giacometti and Francis Bacon. In addition, the Fondation Beyeler will unveil a monumental public installation‘GaiaMotherTree’ by Brazilian artist Ernesto Neto at Zurich main station, while Museum Tinguely will present ‘Too early to panic’, a cabinet of curiosities by Swiss artists Gerda Steiner and Jörg Lenzlinger, as well as Gauri Gill’s photographic series ‘Traces’for which the artist worked closely with marginalized desert communities in Western Rajasthan. At Vitra Design Museum, Bas Princen’s architectural photographs will be on display, running alongside ‘Night Fever. Designing Club Culture 1960 – Today’.

To conclude a rich program of parallel fair will complete the art scene in Basel with also Volta, Scope, Frame, Paper Position, Photo Basel, Liste, Design Miami, I Never Read,all in the same days.

Here you can enjoy some photos from the VIP preview:


Remo Salvadori
John Mitchell


VIP Previw (by invitation):

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 and Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Public opening dates and hours:

Thursday, June 14, 2018 – Sunday, June 17, 2018: 11am-7pm


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