Jun 10-14, 2009, Basel, Switzerland
Galleria Massimo De Carlo | Milano
|Art 40 Basel:
The 40th anniversary of the premier international art show
The 40th edition of Art Basel takes place in the culturally-rich city of Basel,
Switzerland, from June 10 through June 14, 2009. As the world’s premier art
show, Art Basel marks the annual reunion of the international art world. This
year’s 300 exhibiting galleries from all over the globe were selected from a
record number of more than 1,100 applications, and will be showing works by
over 2,500 artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. The Art Unlimited hall, with its
60 large-scale projects, and the Public Art Projects on the exhibition square
offer further highlights. One of the most spectacular events this year will be the
presentation of “Il Tempo del Postino” at Theater Basel. Curated and directed by
Hans Ulrich Obrist and Philippe Parreno and co-curated by Anri Sala and Rirkrit
Tiravanija, a group of leading visual artists will create a major experimental timebased
presentation each using up to 15 minutes of exhibition time with the stage
assuming the role of the gallery space. Participating artists will include Doug
Aitken, Olafur Eliasson, Liam Gillick, Pierre Huyghe, Koo Jeong-A, Philippe
Parreno, Anri Sala and Rirkrit Tiravanija. And Basel’s museums once again
feature fascinating exhibitions plus a broad range of events.
Founded by a group of local gallerists, the first Art Basel took place in 1970 and has
since then become the most prestigious art show worldwide. This 40th anniversary
edition of Art Basel begins with a vernissage for invited guests on June 9 and opens to
the general public from June 10 through June 14. This premier annual event regularly
attracts some 60,000 artists, collectors, gallerists, curators, and art enthusiasts from
across the globe, eager to see the most rigorously chosen overview of the international
art market and to meet key movers of the international art scene. Covered by more
than 2,300 media representatives, Art Basel enjoys a formidable reputation based
both on the quality and diversity of the exhibited art works.
Over 300 of the world’s leading galleries will be exhibiting at Art Basel (a list of exhibitors
can be found at www.artbasel.com/galleries). The galleries were chosen by the
Art Basel Committee, an international jury of renowned gallerists, in accordance with strict quality criteria. Selected from a record number of more than 1,100 applicants, the
sectors Art Galleries, Art Statements, Art Premiere and Art Edition includes 75 galleries
from the U.S.; 56 from Germany; 33 from Switzerland; 28 from Great Britain; 26 from
France; 22 from Italy; 9 from Spain; 8 from Belgium; 7 from Austria; 5 from Japan;
4 each from Brazil, China and Poland; 3 from the Netherlands; 2 each from Canada,
Denmark, Ireland, Mexico, Norway and South Korea; and one each from Argentina,
Finland, India, Israel, Russia, South Africa, Sweden, Taiwan, and Turkey.
Art 40 Basel will showcase all forms of artistic expression, including paintings, drawings, editions, and sculptures, installations, photography, performances, and internet and video art. Works costing a few thousand Swiss francs, by emerging artists, will be on display alongside museum-quality masterpieces priced in the millions.
Once again more than 99 percent of last year’s exhibitors reapplied in the Art Galleries
sector. This year’s strong roster of participants is reinforced by the additions of Johann
König (Berlin), Dvir Gallery (Tel Aviv), Vitamin Creative Space (Guangzhou), Nils
Staerk Contemporary Art (Copenhagen) and J Crist Gallery (Boise, Idaho, U.S.).
The line-up of galleries showing 20th-century classics is augmented by Knoedler &
Company (New York), Galerie Zlotowski (Paris), and Galerie Susanne Zander (Köln).
The specialists in Art Edition are joined by Galerie Helga Maria Klosterfelde (Hamburg)
and Galerie de Multiples (Paris), and the roster of photographic galleries is enhanced
by the return of the Galerie Zur Stockeregg (Zürich). After a brief hiatus, David Nolan
Gallery (New York), Galleria Raucci / Santamaria (Napoli), Greene Naftali (New York),
Stuart Shave / Modern Art (London) and Team Gallery (New York) also rejoin
Art Basel’s exhibitors.
A frequent site of discovery by those seeking emerging artists, Art Statements features
27 single-artist projects from rising galleries worldwide. The projects on display are new
and often created specifically for presentation in this highly regarded sector for young
artists. Since 1999, the Baloise Insurance Group has awarded its annual Baloise Art
Prize of CHF 25,000 each to two outstanding Art Statements projects. This year the
prize has been raised to CHF 30,000 for each artist, to a total amount of CHF 60,000.
The company also acquires works by the prize winning artists and donates them to two
important museums in Europe.
Art Premiere The Art Premiere sector, which focuses on the curatorial aspects of the gallerist’s practice, this year presents 19 gallery projects, featuring either an artistic dialogue juxtaposing two artists from all generations, a presentation by a single artist of any age or exceptional art historical material – a new possibility within the sector.
Art Unlimited will spotlight approximately 60 ambitious works. The platform enables
artists to exhibit works that do not fit in standard display booths due to spatial, temporal, technical, financial, contextual, or conceptual constraints. With the accent on innovative and large-scale works, everything from outsize sculptures and installations to
video projections, wall paintings, and performances will be on show and for sale. Many
of the exhibited pieces are created especially for Art Unlimited. The exhibition has once
again been devised in collaboration with Geneva curator Simon Lamunière.
Public Art Projects
The exhibition area on the exhibition square in front of the buildings hosting Art Basel
will again serve as an arena for art projects in public space. Displayed in the public
space, the sector places art in the urban context and encourages interaction with the
general public. Many of the projects are being created especially or installed site-specifically for Public Art Projects. The sector is again curated by Basel curator Martin
Il Tempo del Postino
One of the most spectacular events this year will be the presentation of Il Tempo del
Postino at Theater Basel. Curated and directed by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Philippe
Parreno and co-curated by Anri Sala and Rirkrit Tiravanija, a group of leading visual
artists will create a major experimental time-based presentation each using up to 15
minutes of exhibition time with the stage assuming the role of the gallery space. Participating artists will include Doug Aitken, Olafur Eliasson, Liam Gillick, Pierre Huyghe, Koo Jeong-A, Philippe Parreno, Anri Sala and Rirkrit Tiravanija. By focusing on timebased work, this group show aims to redefine how visual arts can be experienced.
Within up to 15 minutes of exhibition time, each artist creates their own distinctive work.
Set in a classic theater architecture, it transforms the established gallery exhibition
model into an exhilarating, shared audience experience. Il Tempo del Postino is
organized by Art Basel, Theater Basel and Fondation Beyeler and was originally
co-commissioned by the Manchester International Festival and Théâtre du Châtelet,
Paris for the World Premiere in Manchester in July 2007.
Art Basel Conversations and Art Lobby
Staged every morning (June 10 to June 13), Art Basel Conversations bring together
prominent members of the international art scene. Topics include “Artistic Production:
Collecting Performance,” "The Future of the Museum: Digital Frontiers" and “Public /
Private: Institutions: A Time of Crisis – and Opportunity?”. Additionally, a daily program
of artist conversations, book signings, discussion forums, and other presentations will
take place in the Art Lobby forum in the afternoons.
The Art Film program once again features an outstanding program of films, screened at
the Stadtkino Basel. This Brunner, a collector with profound knowledge of the international film scene, and artist John Armleder will each organize an evening with special guests, while the rest of the Art Film program, including many shorter artist films and videos is curated by Berlin-based film scholar Marc Glöde.
Art Basel Weekend
On the weekend of June 12 to June 14, 2009, Art 40 Basel will celebrate the Art Basel
Weekend, highlighting special activities (solo shows, performances, book signings etc.)
at the booths of the participating galleries. A variety of panels and presentations geared to art professionals will also be held during the weekend in the context of Art Basel
Conversations and Art Lobby.
Art Basel Catalogs
Art 40 Basel is accompanied by a lavish catalog published by Hatje Cantz in May 2009.
The richly illustrated publication contains reproductions of approximately 600 works,
from Modern classics to the latest in cutting-edge art. The separate catalog, published
to accompany the Art Unlimited exhibition, will be available at Art Basel.
Art Basel’s Sponsors
UBS has a valued tradition of supporting the arts and believes that art awakens new
ways of seeing the world and sharing insight. The firm has been main sponsor of
Art Basel for the past 16 years. "We are delighted to look back on long years of
partnership with Art Basel and Art Unlimited", says Francesco Morra, CEO Switzerland,
UBS Wealth Management & Swiss Bank. "Supporting the arts is ingrained in our
corporate culture and through these cultural partnerships we are committed to making
the arts accessible to a broader community."
At the Associate Sponsor level, Cartier, NetJets and AXA Art continue their significant
partnership with Art Basel. Art Basel is also supported by ZURICH Insurance
Company, Baloise Holding and Vitra.
Museums in Basel
The museum exhibitions in and around Basel are again exceptional this year. On show
at the Fondation Beyeler, Riehen/Basel: “Giacometti”; at the Kunstmuseum Basel:
“Vincent van Gogh, Between Earth and Heaven: The Landscapes”; at the Schaulager:
“Holbein to Tillmans”; at the Museum Jean Tinguely: “Armor and gala dresses”; at the
Kunstmuseum Basel – Museum für Gegenwartskunst: “Little Theatre of Gestures”; at
Kunsthalle Basel solo exhibitions with Danh Vo and Lucy Skaer titled "A Boat Used as
a Vessel". (For a complete list of museum exhibitions, go to www.museenbasel.ch).
Design Miami/Basel, the global forum for collecting, exhibiting, discussing, and creating
design runs June 9 – 13 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and is this year located in hall 5 of the
Basel fairgrounds. www.designmiami.com
For the latest information on Art 40 Basel, visit our website www.artbasel.com
Art Basel Miami Beach, Art Basel’s sister event in the USA, takes place December 3–6,
2009, in Miami Beach, Florida.