“On the Road Series”: Art Basel 2012

Almost half way through the week and Basel’s art week is in almost in full swing. With the preview openings almost behind us, Art Basel opens to the public starting tomorrow and Liste and Scope Basel are already underway. Between all the art fairs, exhibitions and events, the city is overflowing with art everywhere you turn. After catching a first glimpse of this year’s Art Basel, last night we were lucky enough to catch the short-lived performance, “It’s All Downhill From Here On” by Belgian artists, Filip Gilissen as part of Liste 17. Being raised slowly into the Basel skyscape by a private construction company’s crane, the ambiguous statement (in flashing bulbed lights) was left hanging high in the air until 7am for the city to contemplate and enjoy.

Performance by Filip Gilissen, photo: Peter CairnsPerformance by Filip Gilissen
Anish Kapoor - "Untitled" (2012), Stainless steel and gold, photo: Peter CairnsAnish Kapoor – “Untitled” (2012), Stainless steel and gold

One of the events we’re looking forward to is The Kirlian, a bar by Berlin-based artist Jeremy Shaw and sponsored by Absolut. If you’re in Basel and looking for a taste of the Berlin creative scene, this is the place to be, open every day from noon to 3am and featuring such well-known DJs as PLANNINGTOROCK (Thursday) and AIDS-3D (Saturday). This year, we are also partnering with Scope Art Fair, who has it’s official party on Thursday evening, celebrating six years of their Basel presence.

The week looks promising and we’re excited to jump in. Check back on our Facebook page to views from around the city.

Jan Dibbets - "Comet horizon 6" - 72" sea/sky/sea" (1973); photo: Monica SalazarJan Dibbets – “Comet horizon 6″ – 72″ sea/sky/sea” (1973), 12 individually framed color photographies, overall 310 x 287,5 cm
Left: Tony Cragg - "False Idols" (2011); Right: Yin Xiuzhen - "Portable CIty: Hangzhou" (2011); photo: Monica SalazarLeft: Tony Cragg – “False Idols” (2011), bronze, 233 x 105 x 105 cm; Right: Yin Xiuzhen – “Portable CIty: Hangzhou” (2011)
Monica Salazar and Peter Cairns at Art Basel

Additional Information

Exhibition Dates: Jun. 14-17, 2012
Messe Basel, Messeplatz, Hall 1&2

Exhibition Dates: Jun. 12-17, 2012
KASERNE, Klybeckstrasse 1b, Basel

SCOPE BASEL 2012 Virtual Viewing Room:

Exhibition Dates: Jun. 12-17, 2012
Burgweg 15, Basel

Exhibition Dates: Jun. 11-16, 2012
Helsinki Strasse 5, Münchenstein / Basel


Blog entry by Monica Salazar in Basel; Wednesday, Jun. 13, 2012.

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