after almost two years of living in a pandemic, this year the annual Art Basel is finally taking place again. This morning I started my Art Basel week with the VIP Preview of VOLTA. There I was honored to meet the super kind and very talented Iranian artist Elham Etemadi represented by BAVAN Gallery.
Elham Etemadi is an immigrant artist who lives and works in France. In her paintings, Elham looks for forms and figures to explore the abilities of painting in reflecting what she captures in her daily concerns. In her expressionist figurative paintings she tries to create a vast and expanded language which is not verbal but visual and is based on human feelings and attentions. Her works are combinations of her different visions and sides of her character; as a mother, a female immigrant, a wife and an artist. She tries to express her experiences in a visual language that may communicate with as much viewers as possible, from different backgrounds, cultures, nationalities and genders.
I absolutely love her work. Looking at it makes me drift off from reality and every time I see something new that I have not seen before. Somehow like a very artsy form of “Where is Wally” if you know what I mean. The color composition is totally up my alley. I can already see where I would hang this 200 x 320 x 4 cm “Sublime Suspension” piece. I am very delighted to show you her work on my blog. And I am looking forward to seeing more of her work.
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.
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.
BEIER Nina Beast 2018, Mars 2018
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
yesterday at the preview day at VOLTA12 I met Anca and Cristina from Anca Poterasu gallery and I fell in love with Zoltan Bela’s work ADAM and EVE. I am fascinated by the faces that he cut out of an ordinary object and how young and old versus new and used is shown in this work. I really like the fact that they can not be seperated. the pieces are only sold together, Adam only comes with Eve and vice versa.
Zoltán Béla (b. 1977) is a widely-known contemporary artist, especially through his paintings. He graduated from the University of Arts and Design in Cluj, and he presently lives and works in Bucharest. Zoltán Béla is mid-through his career in painting, installations and object-making, which are imbued in historical and metaphysical references inspired by his personal biography and from the recent historical timeline of Eastern Europe.
Zoltán’s most recent work returns to his first love Antoni Tapies, in his latest experiments in object-making, with a focus on the materiality of details in painting, where the figurative taunts the abstract without ever fully giving in to it.
Selected Solo Shows: L’Espace Ventriloque (2016), Anca Poterașu Gallery (RO); Participare în programul “Arta la fereastră” (2016), as guest artist at Simeza Gallery (RO); Installation (2014 – 2015), Anexa The National Museum of Contemporary Art (RO); Traces (2012), Anca Poterașu Gallery (RO) ; In meditation: Feeling the Silence (2011), Anca Poterașu Gallery (RO), A certain time, a certain place, a certain state (2010), Little Yellow Studio (RO); Self Reflecting 30 (2009), Point Contemporary Gallery; Transition Icons(2009), Carini & Donatini Gallery (IT).
Selected group shows: Extension.RO (2016), Triumph Gallery, Moscow (RU); Vom Allmächtigen zum Leibhaftigen (2016), curator: Tom Beege, Kunsthaus Apolda Avantgarde, Apolda/Thuringia (DE); BB6 (Bienala Bucharest 6), 2014, (RO); Curators Network (2012), Muzeul Bruckenthal (RO); The New Figurative (2011), Victoria Art Centre (RO); Coloring the Grey (2011), The 4th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art (RU); I Am a Romanian: The Bucharest – Tel Aviv Route (2011), The Romanian Cultural Institute in Tel Aviv (IL); Out Of Sacred (2010), Arezz (IT); Police the Police(2010), The fourth biennial for young artists (RO); The Berlin Wall (2010), Promenade Gallery, Vlore (AL).
I found the works by Taiichiro Yoshida very disturbing and beautiful the same time. I have never seen such pieces before and I am very glad to have stumbled upon this cool gallery at VOLTA11.my favorite piece is the white and red bird CHIRAL.
about LIZ JAFF
Liz Jaff is a native of New York City and received her BFA from The Rhode Island School of Design in 1989. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including The Art Complex Center of Tokyo, Japan and Momenta Art, Brooklyn, NY. She maintains her studio in Bushwick, Brooklyn.
about her WORK “Paper’s versatility is what attracted me to it as my primary medium. Its structural and aesthetic possibilities reveal themselves through my continuous experimentation. I am in love with paper. I have been folding paper for 15 years. I like repetition and rhythm. My first paper piece was conceived during a stay in Las Vegas and made with hotel stationary: The project folded up and stowed away in the bottom of my suitcase. At that time I began working more abstractly as a way of representing my impressions of places and recollections. Paper became the perfect material to convey ephemeral experience and the ultimate intangibility of memory.
Transforming a two-dimensional surface into a three dimensional shape offers a variety of arrangements for the play of light and shadow on different flat planes.
I use folding to investigate these opportunities, and the circle acts as a character to reveal and conceal form. When repeated, these forms are my substitute for the geometric grid, my response to the squares of Sol Lewitt and Carl Andre and homage to Agnes Martin’s rectangles.”
the installation is absolutely breath taking I could sit there forever and watch the different images on the screen. I have explained the piece in the previous post so please go back and read it there : ) being inside the exhibition made me feel like I was there in the cold with Vanessa. it was so nice to take a photo with Isaac Julien and of course I had to ask by whom the clothes were Vanessa Myrie was wearing. his answer was: MIYAKE. beautiful black and white outfits!
STONES AGAINST DIAMONDS
Stones Against Diamonds, 2015 has been co-commissioned by Rolls-Royce Motor Cars with support from Victoria Miro, London and Roslyn Oxley Gallery, Sydney.
about Isaac Julien
Isaac Julien is one of britain’s most important and influential installation artists and filmmakers. born in london in 1960, where he currently lives and works, Julien studied at st martins’ school of art. his work draws from and comments on a range of disciplines and practices (film, dance, photography, music, theatre, painting, and sculpture) and unites them in dramatic audiovisual film installations, photographic works, and documentary films.
the ART Basel week is over and I had such a good time. once again my dear friends from the netherlands were here and this year Justin showed a german artist
SEBASTIAN WEGGLER at his TEN HAAF PROJECTS gallery space inside VOLTA11.
my schedule was tight especially the first three days were very intense, lots of ART lots of DESIGN and lots of PARTYING.
ART WEEK 2015
here you can find all my posts from twitter, facebook and instagram.
monday I started with VOLTA11 and ART UNLIMITED and enjoyed myself at the LISTE OPENING PARTY at VOLKSHAUS. tuesday I had breakfast at the Rolls Royce art space inside ELISABETHEN KIRCHE with Isaac Julien and his so very cool video installations from iceland – read more about the project here. and later on I went to see DESIGN MIAMI BASEL and also saw the AUDEMARS PIGUET fireflies installation by ROBIN MEIER – I also blogged about that project – more here. in the evening we had an awesome party on DAS SCHIFF by DESIGN MIAMI BASEL and PERROTIN where we all met TAKESHI MURAKAMI and took funny photos with his staff. wednesday I started my day with DAVIDOFF and went to ART BASEL and SCOPE. later on we had a super nice time at VITRA – we were so lucky that it did not rain that day. thursday I had time to see ART BASEL again but only for a short time as I had to go home and see whether the delivery guy had brought my beautiful dresses by IOANA CIAOLACU for thursday and friday night. thursday night was BASEL NACHT where I was one of the hosts by VOLTA11 and I planned to wear the gorgeous red printed silk dress that had not arrived until fifteen minutes before the start of BASEL NACHT 🙂 but it was absolutely worth to wait for it. friday I had time to see ART BASEL and DESIGN MIAMI again and then spent a wonderful evening at Fondation Beyeler. afterwards we all met at CAMPARI CLUB at KUNSTHALLE. saturday I had time to see LISTE ART UNLIMITED, DESIGN MIAMI and THE SOLO PROJECT and then went back to VOLTA. sunday I went to SCOPE where I have found something really nice. anyway, I will soon upload all the photos I took during the week and I will also tell you about the guy with the spices at Fondation Beyeler park. stay tuned for more and now I wanna show you some of my outfits during ART BASEL.
SHAVED ICE by JIM LAMBIE at ART UNLIMITED is the perfect artwork for selfies!
outfit: the new dress and shoes that I have ordered via zalando.ch together with my white PAUW coat and the official DESIGN MIAMI Basel bag.
I love the newsletter with all the previous LISTE posters. I chose a selection from 1997 to 2002 but there were so many other cool ones too. maybe I should have shared them all. well, too late now. anyway, see you there and lets see lots of nice things. X
LISTE – Art Fair Basel
Burgweg 15, CH- 4058 Basel
Tuesday to Saturday, June 16-20, 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Sunday, June 21, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
ROLLS-ROYCE TO PRESENT A NEW COMMISSION BY ISAAC JULIEN DURING ART BASEL IN BASEL 2015
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars will present the first public showing of Isaac Julien’s new work Stones Against Diamonds during Art Basel in Basel, 2015. The work, commissioned as part of the Rolls-Royce Art Programme, will be shown at the Kirche Elisabethen, Basel, from 16-17 June 2015. Following the preview during the Venice Biennale last month, the video installation will be shown on a larger scale than previously seen, as a unique site specific installation filling the magnificent interior of the imposing church across ten screens.
Isaac Julien’s film draws inspiration from a letter written by Brazilian architect Lina Bo Bardi. Stones Against Diamonds examines themes within her letter, where she praises the beauty of natural elements over preferred precious stones. Filming the work in remote Vatnajökull region, in South East Iceland, using the breathtaking scenery of glistening ice caves as a set for the film, Julien portrays some of the most beautiful objects as the least precious in a conventional sense. The shoot took place over five days with the crew enduring sub-zero temperatures deep in the heart of spectacular glacial caves, formed in ice over thousands of years and accessible for only a few days a year due to the harsh climate. Signature elements of Bo Bardi’s work have been incorporated into Julien’s work, including a staircase, meticulously built by hand in the ice cave during the production of the film.
Stones Against Diamonds is commissioned as part of the Rolls-Royce art programme, which draws together the handcrafted elegance of the marque’s motor cars with contemporary artists around the world. It is a prelude to a larger piece that Julien is to complete in 2016, which will meditate on Bo Bardi’s creative production, and will be shot in Italy and Brazil.
about Isaac Julien
Isaac Julien is one of Britain’s most important and influential installation artists and filmmakers. Born in London in 1960, where he currently lives and works, Julien studied at St Martins’ School of Art. His work draws from and comments on a range of disciplines and practices (film, dance, photography, music, theatre, painting, and sculpture) and unites them in dramatic audiovisual film installations, photographic works, and documentary films.
For the inaugural Audemars Piguet Art Commission, Meier’s immersive installation will be presented at the Volkshaus, Basel. Meier’s large-scale installation will connect disparate fields by harmonising music, fireflies, bioluminescent bacteria and crickets to a common pulse.
The viewer will be invited to walk through the installation to witness all of these self-synchronising organisms and systems beating together, as if driven by a single rhythmic force. This will fill the entire exhibition space with a unique pulsating rhythm. Through the help of Audemars Piguet forming introductions to specialised laboratories and scientists, Meier has traveled the globe to research specific fireflies and insects. Through this, Meier has investigated how this order emerges from chaos and uses this scientific research as a tool to express artistic ideas within his new installation.
well that sounds really interesting and I am very much looking forward to attending the event on tuesday in basel. more info via my social media channels. stay tuned!
about ROBIN MEIER
Robin Meier is a Swiss artist and composer based in Paris. His interests lie in the emergence of natural and artificial intelligence and the role of humans in a world of machines. Meier tries to make sense of these questions through musical compositions and installations. Referred to as “Artist of the future” (le Monde), “Maestro of the swarm” (Nature) or just “pathetic” (Vimeo), his works have been shown around the globe in international institutions such as Palais de Tokyo and Museum of Modern Art in Paris, SIGGRAPH in Yokohama , Nikola Lenivets in Moscow or SoundReasons in New Delhi. http://robinmeier.net/
about AUDEMARS PIGUET ART COMISSION
The Audemars Piguet Art Commission supports artists in the creation of works of exceptional complexity, precision and experiential impact on an ongoing, annual basis. The commissioned art works are overseen by an annual guest curator and selected by an international jury. They presented to the public to coincide with Art Basel’s editions in Basel, Hong Kong, and
Miami Beach, and subsequently, where possible, at a public art institution. As part of the Commission, Audemars Piguet provides to the invited artist the necessary resources and secures access to advanced tools, craft expertise, or sophisticated technology to realize important new creative projects. http://www.audemarspiguet.com/en/art
Audemars Piguet is delighted to present behind-the-scenes footage of Synchronicity, an immersive installation by Swiss artist Robin Meier, which will be presented as the inaugural Audemars Piguet Art Commission. Meier has worked with the commission’s renowned guest curator, Marc-Olivier Wahler, and Audemars Piguet on the production of a major new artwork to be exhibited at the Volkshaus, coinciding with Art Basel in Basel, 2015. Based on the theme of “synchronicity” and the spontaneous emergence of patterns in nature, Meier’s installation explores the underlying mathematical rules of self-organisation among fireflies, computers, crickets, sounds, and electromagnetic pendulums.
wow what a cool project – CHROMATROPHIC! Design Miami/ has partnered with Pierre Frey on a custom textile design to celebrate the fair’s 10 year anniversary. contemporary menswear brand, Hentsch Man has developed the print into a limited run capsule collection of hats, jackets and shoes and american style brand, J. Crew has created a pocket square with the print. Happy Birthday Design Miami/ !
The limited runs of each will be sold on site at Design Miami/ Basel next week.
about Pierre Frey/ Chromatropic
Founded in 1935 Maison Pierre Frey now has an archive of some 7,000 wallpaper and fabric designs that demonstrate the house’s commitment to fine craft and rich, hand-drawn pattern work. Design Miami/ collaborates with the luxury textile house for its 10th Anniversary to create Chromatropic, a camouflage inspired print collaged from tropical textiles from the Pierre Frey archive and collection. Chromatropic will provide a celebratory identity with a contemporary Miami flavor for the Basel fair, and will also appear in a capsule collection created by Hentsch Man, a fashion label known for its use of prints. The Hentsch Man anorak, hat and sneakers will be available in limited numbers, alongside a specially produced J. Crew Chromatropic pocket square, at the JUNE-Basel pop-up store within Hall 1 Süd.
last weekend I was in KARLSRUHE for the #kbreise15 and it was a blast. I met lots of nice bloggers and saw many nice things. I already put all my impressions in one post and soon there will be part two of the days in BASEL, where I actually wanted to blog about the new awesome MARLENE DUMAS exhibition but due to photoright issues I will focus on the guy with the special story about a remote island that might not even exist and spices that bring you around the world. stay tuned for that. until then I wanna show you my new outfit inspiration, what do you think of the combination of red and brown? I love it!
lips MAC RED
and now you might wonder why I am so happy, for sure not about the weather! no, I am happy because I got all my tickets and invitation ready for next week and at the moment I am deciding what to wear. so many options I bet you know what I mean. I have stuff! and some things are so old, like this red GUESS dress that I am wearing today. I bought it in the US in 2003! some things are meant to last! : )