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BASEL ART WEEK 2018 / GUIDE
Luke Willis Thompson's "_Human" @ Kunsthalle Basel
Steinenberg 7, CH-4051 Basel
The New Zealand-born artist, Luke Willis Thompson, tackles the traumatic legacies of race and class in his first solo exhibition in Switzerland.
Art Basel Parcours, curated by Samuel Leuenberger
Various locations around Münsterplatz
Grab a walking map and discover artworks by renowned artists and emerging talents on display in and around Basel’s Münsterplatz.
Here are some of Evrim & Jessica's selections from Parcours 2018:
Julian Charrière \ An Invitation to Disappear, 2018 (Video)
Location: Naturhistorisches Museum Basel, Aula, Augustinergasse 2 (Natural History Museum of Basel)
Nina Beier \ Beast, 2018
Location: Falkensteinerhof (Lichthof), Bau- und Verkehrsdepartement Basel-Stadt, Münsterplatz 11 (Construction and Traffic Department of Basel)
Martha Rosler & Hito Steyerl's "War Games" @ Kunstmuseum Basel
St. Alban-Graben 8, CH-4010 Basel
This exhibition marks the first time Martha Rosler and Hito Steyeler’s works have been shown in Switzerland, and also the first time they have been shown together. Yet the two oeuvres have a great deal in common; both are committed to probing concerns that are of global significance, paying critical attention to the political developments of our time.
Rossella Biscotti's "The City" @ Kunsthaus Baselland
St. Jakob-Strasse 170CH-4132 Muttenz
Rossella Biscotti premiers her five-channel video installation on her extensive research and filming of the Çatalhöyük archaeological site in Konya, Turkey. In collaboration with Protocinema, Istanbul.
Theaster Gates' "Black Madonna" @ Kunstmuseum Basel
St. Alban-Graben 8, CH-4010 Basel
Spread across two of the Kunstmuseum's venues, Theaster Gates explores the cult of the Black Madonna, examining both its significance in the history of religion and its aesthetic and metaphorical tenor. The artist has set up a temporary sound studio and printing workshop, where he will work with his personal archives, focusing on the photography archives of Ebony and Jet Magazine, two iconic publications that have been the vital media of black culture in America.
Watch Theaster Gates discuss the inspiration behind "Black Madonna"
Elmgreen & Dragset \ Hanging Rock, 2017
Location: Antikenmuseum Basel und Sammlung Ludwig, St. Alban-Graben 5 (Basel Museum of Ancient Art)
Pierre Huyghe \ Exomind (Deep Water), 2017
Location: Garden of the Allgemeine Lesegesellschaft Basel (Basel Literary Society Garden)
Baselstrasse 101, 4125 Basel, Switzerland
Fondation Beyeler presents the first-ever joint museum exhibition of Alberto Giacometti and Francis Bacon, illuminating the relationship between the two outstanding protagonists of modern art who were at once friends and rivals.
Image: Alberto Giacometti and Francis Bacon, 1965 © Graham Keen
Ruchfeldstrasse 19, 4142 Münchenstein
Basel is the birthplace of Herzog & de Meuron, one of the most interesting and important architectural firms of the 21st Century.
One of their buildings, The Schaulager, is a fantastic exhibition space and private storage for the Hoffmann Foundation Collection. Their current retrospective of Bruce Nauman "Disappearing Acts" is amazing!
Hotel Les Trois Rois
Blumenrain 8, 4001 Basel
It's very difficult to get a room at a decent price during Art Basel, especially at one of the best hotels: Les Trois Rois. However, their bar is the go-to spot. You don't have to stay there to enjoy a drink or two! You also can't go wrong with their classic Italian restaurant Chez Donati.
Grenzacherstrasse 124, 4070 Basel
At 178 metres, Roche Tower is the tallest building in the country (for now...). Also known as "Building 1", this is another incredible Herzog & de Meuron building worth checking out.
Panton Room @ Kunsthalle Basel
Steinenberg 7, 4051 Basel
The recently renovated Panton Room at Kunsthalle Basel has a monumental ceiling sculpture by Verner Panton. Dining under this grandiose lamp is an incredible and unique experience on its own.
St. Alban-Graben 16, 4051 Basel
The best place for me is the Kunstmuseum, especially the old, original building which is called the Hauptbau. It was built in the 1930’s and has a conservative, yet modernist touch! I like old museums with history which are full of sensations of the past exhibitions that have been shown.
LISTE Art Fair
Burgweg 15 4058, Basel
I love to take the little boat across the Rhine River from the Museum für Gegenwartskunst [St. Alban-Rheinweg 60] - one of the best contemporary collections where I learned a lot - to the old warted brick building where the Liste Art Fair takes place. It is a pleasure rather than commute.
Fabrikstrasse 2, 4056 Basel
There are vast architecturally unique buildings in Basel, one being the Novartis Campus. Each building in the campus was built by a different architect: Tadao Ando, David Chipperfield, Diener & Diener, Frank Gehry, SANAA, and Alvaro Siza, to name a few. The campus is not open to the public but you can visit it by scheduling a guided tour.
Shown: Frank Gehry's building at Novartis
Skylight Galleries @ Kunsthalle Basel
Steinenberg 7, 4051 Basel
One of the best things about Basel is the galleries full of large skylights. One of the most beautiful is at Kunsthalle Basel, which was built in 1872 and is one of the oldest kunsthalles in the world! It is known as a pioneer in contemporary art and has always shown the most important art of its time. They even had a Mondrian solo show -imagine!
Charles-Eames-Straße 2, 79576 Weil am Rhein, Germany
Like Novartis, theVitra Campus has worked with many great architects on creating this city-within-a-city. The image you see on the right is the first architectural building ever realized by Zaha Hadid. It's a fire station!
Since the campus is in the suburbs of Weil am Rhein, I suggest taking the Rehberger-Weg over to Fondation Beyeler afterwards. This 6-km path is a great way to experience nature on your way from one incredible cultural institution to another.
Sperrstrasse 94, 4057 Basel
This wonderful little underground bar serves up unique drinks and a lineup of DJs on weekends.
Muttenzerweg, 4052 Basel
We never miss Kaschemme - one of the coolest clubs in Basel!
Swimming in the Rhine
There's nothing better than being swept away by the current on a warm summer's day
Zum Goldenen Fass
Hammerstrasse 108, 4057 Basel
This amazing restaurant is situated in the residential neighborhood of Klein Basel, away from the bustling Basel boulevards.
4056, Gasstrasse 1, 4056 Basel
This is a great place for cocktails! Large windows provide a great view out across the busy Voltaplatz.
9, Lichtstrasse, 4056 Basel
A nice atmosphere and the best cheese fondue to give you energy for the fair.
Bodega zum Strauss
Barfüsserplatz 16, 4051 Basel
A charming and vibrant restaurant serving Italian fare. It's a local favorite.
Hafenstrasse 25a, 4057 Basel
Just a stone's throw from the Dreiländereck where the borders of Switzerland, France, and Germany meet, this tiny restaurant is situated directly on the water's edge with large ships anchoring nearby. Reservations are a must.
Ermitagestrasse 55, 4144 Arlesheim
25 minutes outside of Basel lies the largest English landscaped garden, Ermitage Arlesheim. Here you can enjoy some peaceful time in nature and even do some hiking.
Rüttiweg 45 4143 Dornach
Located in Dornach, the Goetheanum, is the center for the anthroposophical movement. The building was designed by Rudolf Steiner and named after Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. This architectural structure has been praised by many architects like Frank Lloyd Wright and Frank Gehry.
Hauptstrasse 12, 4127 Birsfelden
SALTS supports young Swiss & international artists to develop unique and outstanding site-specific projects. Since 2009, the nonprofit space, run by Samuel Leuenberger (yes, the curator of Parcours section), has been presenting large-scale interventions and simple gestures. Exhibitions during Art Basel week are by Rodrigo Hernandez and Jumana Manna. Appointments are necessary!