Curated for the third consecutive year by Samuel Leuenberger, ART PARCOURS 2018
presents 23 site-specific artworks displayed throughout Basel’s historic center.
The sector will feature work by Silvia Bächli & Eric Hattan, Nina Beier, stanley
brouwn, Julian Charrière, Keren Cytter, Simon Denny, Elmgreen & Dragset, Georg
Herold, Pierre Huyghe, Hilary Lloyd, Mark Manders, Caroline Mesquita, Rivane
Neuenschwander, Marina Pinsky, Julian Rosefeldt, Nedko Solakov, Simon Starling,
Jessica Stockholder, Thomas Struth, Paloma Varga Weisz and Hannah Weinberger.
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On Saturday, June 16, Parcours Night once again will present a specially curated
program of live performances with extended opening hours of Parcours and of
some of Basel’s leading museums. Art Basel, whose Lead Partner is UBS, takes
place at Messe Basel from June 14 to June 17, 2018.
Opening Monday afternoon, June 11, ART PARCOURS 2018 will reflect on the political potentials of storytelling, seeking to investigate what stories can tell us about our lives. Titled ‘Telling Stories for the Future’, the exhibition will encompass presentations in civic and private locations that will open exclusively for Parcours as well as collaborations with Basel’s museums, encouraging alternative social and geographical encounters with the city.
Through a focus on storytelling, Samuel Leuenberger, Director and Curator of SALTS in Birsfelden, Switzerland, aims to cultivate commonalities and allied thinking across social, geographic, ethnic, economic and ecological boundaries. Highlights include Thomas Struth’s ‘Animals’ (2018), a series of 10 photographs that sensitively capture animals following their moment of surrender. Installed in the Erste Kirche Christi, the work will be drawn from his recent images of scientific and surgical environments, as well as the history of memento mori in art. A program of live music, chosen by Struth in collaboration with guitarist Frank Bungarten, will be presented at selected times throughout the week.
By installing 10 sound systems throughout Basel’s sewers, Hannah Weinberger will create a mysterious soundscape scattered across the city that invites the public to tune into a new experience of the city. Each of the 10 sewers will be activated with site-specific compositions created by Weinberger that play against the daily sounds of the sewers and the city.
Suspended in mid-air inside the Antikenmuseum Basel und Sammlung Ludwig, Elmgreen & Dragset’s large-scale sculpture ‘Hanging Rock’ (2017) will act as a blockade, concealing certain elements of the architectural structure that surrounds it. Playing on the ideas of nature, gravity and natural phenomena, the piece explores preconceived views of natural beauty and the overcoming of obstacles. Pierre Huyghe’s ‘Exomind (Deep Water)’ (2017) features a crouching female figure with a beehive growing from her head. The colony of bees living inside the hive will pollinate the surrounding flora in the garden of the Allgemeine Lesegesellschaft Basel.
Parcours Opening Hours
Parcours Opening: Monday, June 11, 1pm to 4pm (projects open till 8pm)
Tuesday, June 12 to Friday, June 15, 10am to 8pm
Saturday, June 16, 10am to 12midnight
Sunday, June 17, 10am to 7pm
DESIGN MIAMI BASEL 2018
In addition to presentations by 47 of the world’s most prestigious design galleries, ten Curio installations, ten Design at Large projects, and the culminating presentations from the three Swarovski Designers of the Future award winners, Design Miami Basel 2018 presents six Satellites & Collaborations, seven Design Talks, and more.
SATELITES & COLLABORATIONS
CALVIN KLEIN’s first installation at Design Miami Basel 2018 presents a unique vision of an expansive international landscape, as interpreted by Chief Creative Officer, Raf Simons, featuring an authentic American barn and a showcase of limited edition Cassina Feltri armchairs with upholstery selected by Mr. Simons. An admirer of Gaetano Pesce’s work, Mr. Simons approached Cassina about initiating what he refers to as a “cultural correspondence.”
The result is a selection of 100 numbered Feltri armchairs in which CALVIN KLEIN house codes are applied to the armchair’s interior upholstery.
The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, in collaboration with SFA Advisory and Southern Guild, presents a project of collectible design pieces by renowned South African designer Porky Hefer. Drawing attention to the foundation’s dedication to the long-term health and well-being of all Earth’s inhabitants by supporting projects that build climate resiliency, protect vulnerable wildlife from extinction, and restore balance to threatened ecosystems and communities, Hefer created five large-scale, functional, and sculptural designs of endangered species: orangutan, polar bear, sloth, blue whale, and great white shark. Visitors are invited to sit in, on, and around these friendly sculptural creatures, igniting a sense of empathy as the stories of the animals’ hardships and the importance of their survival to our own lives are recounted through interaction, video, and text.
Limited edition Feltri by Gaetano Pesce for Cassina with vintage quilts selected by Raf Simons for CALVIN KLEIN/ Porky Hefer and Endangered Orangutan/ Porky Hefer, 2018/ Courtesy of Southern Guild & SFA Advisory. Photo by Antonia Steyn