Art Basel returns this June for its 46th Basel edition with 284 premier galleries, drawn from 33 countries, presenting premier works ranging from the Modern period of the early 20th century to the most contemporary artists of today. The show will be open to the public from Thursday, June 18, to Sunday, June 21, 2015 with two preview days on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 16 and 17 (by invitation only).
The Feature sector presents galleries with precise curatorial projects, showing both historical and contemporary work. This year’s expanded edition will feature 30 galleries from 13 countries across both exhibition floors in Hall 2. Highlights of Feature include:
1) Michelangelo Pistoletto (Luxembourg & Dayan)
Luxembourg & Dayan is pleased to announce its participation in the Art Basel 2015 Feature section (Booth J7) with a solo presentation devoted to artist Michelangelo Pistoletto (b.1933, Biella), a pivotal figure of Italian Arte Povera. The presentation will bring together two of the artist’s most politically-charged bodies of work from the late 1960s and 1970s – La Gabbia and Mobili Capovolti. Conceived as an immersive installation, Luxembourg & Dayan’s presentation captures the radical, enveloping nature of Pistoletto’s art in relation to the revolutionary tides that were sweeping Italy during the period referred to as the Anni di pimobo (Years of Lead).
2) John Cage (James Cohan Gallery)
James Cohan Gallery will be presenting an installation of iconic works by pioneering post-war composer and visual artist, John Cage, at Art Basel 2015. The installation will include eight Plexigrams from Cage’s 1969 suite Not Wanting to Say Anything About Marcel, as well as two watercolor and smoke drawings from 1990.
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3) Constant (Borzo Gallery)
Borzo Gallery (Amsterdam) will present a rare and previously unseen collection by Constant, drawn from the artist’s ‘New Babylon’ series of work based on his vision of a utopian anti-capitalist city.
4) Andrea Bowers (Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects)
5) Jiro Takamatsu, Nobuo Sekine, Kishio Suga
6) Susumu Koshimizu and Koji Enokura (Tokyo Gallery + BTAP)
7) Nancy Holt (Parra & Romero)
8) David Hammons (Salon 94)
9) François Dufrêne, Daniel Spoerri, Jacques Villeglé,Jean Tinguely, Martial Raysse, Alain Jacquet, Niki de Saint Phalle, Yves Klein and Arman (Galerie Georges-Philippe & Nathalie Vallois).
Besides the Feature’s sector, the Statements sector offer visitors and collectors the opportunity to discover the work of emerging artists and young galleries. This year, eight of the 16 galleries exhibiting within Statements will be new to the show: Marcelle Alix, James Fuentes, Grey Noise, Hannah Hoffman Gallery, JTT, Platform China, Galerie Gregor Staiger, Wallspace.
Unlimited, Art Basel’s unique platform for projects that transcend the limitations of a traditional art-fair stand, will be curated for the fourth year by Gianni Jetzer, with around 70 works ranging from large-scale sculptures and paintings to video projections, installations and live performances.
10) DO WE DREAM UNDER THE SAME SKY by conceptual artist Rirkrit Tiravanija, German architects Nikolaus Hirsch/Michel Müller and Finnish chef Antto Melasniemi
This project will be installed on Messeplatz and will be open daily from 10am to 8pm. The new work will be an extension of Rirkrit Tiravanija’s and Thai artist Kamin Lertchaiprasert‘s project the land, a self-sustaining artistic community near Chiang Mai in Thailand that engages with the idea of an artistic utopia, presenting an ecological and sustainable model for future artistic practice. Including a herbal garden, kitchen, communal dining and meeting area, visitors can take part in a number of activities: taking part in talks and discussions, drinking herbal tea plucked fresh from the on-site garden or preparing and eating food. The food will be rooted in the Thai tradition and will be available with no fixed schedule, menu or price list: compensation is self-determined, by self-serving, serving others, donations or participating in the cooking or washing up.
Find out more at Art Basel’s official website.