On the Road Series // Art Basel 2012

Article by Monica Salazar in Basel // Wednesday, Jun. 13, 2012

Almost half way through the week, Basel’s art week is in full swing. With the preview openings 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.

Monica Salazar and Peter Cairns at Art Basel

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.

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

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