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June 26 2012

Pedro Reyes: Baby Marx (2008 – Present) / Puppet Show at Art 43 Basel Art Parcours

Art Parcours is a sector of the international art fair Art Basel that presents site-specific artworks and performances in Basel. For Art Basel 2012, the St. Johann neighborhood was chosen to be discovered via art.

For his participation in Art Parcours 2012, the Mexican artist Pedro Reyes decided to enliven his ongoing video installation Baby Marx (2008 – present) into a live puppet show. The original work is a growing video production based on the nineteenth century debate between socialism and capitalism featuring Karl Marx and Adam Smith as the main characters in a puppet show directed at children. In the hypothetical debate Marx and Smith express their differing political ideologies in an articulate way. They discuss topics ranging from Occupy Wall Street to Warhol and explain how to get rich.

Pedro Reyes was born in 1972 in Mexico City. The artist lives and works in Mexico City. Pedro Reyes’ work ranges from sculpture and film to design and pedagogy. His work revolves around social and political problems and proposes creative solutions.

Art Parcours 2012 has been curated by Jens Hoffmann, Director of the CCA Wattis Institute in San Francisco.

The above video is an excerpt, in which Adam Smith explains how to get rich. The entire show is available after the jump.

Pedro Reyes: Baby Marx (2008 – present). Art 43 Basel, Art Parcours. Galeria Luisa Strina, Sao Paulo in collaboration with Alumnos 47. June 13, 2012.

PS: See also: Pedro Reyes: Rompecabezas. Solo Exhibition at LABOR Gallery, Mexico City.

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Complete video (16:08 min.):

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June 18 2012

Art 43 Basel 2012: Art Parcours Night

Art Parcours is a project of Art Basel that invites Art Basel’s visitors to discover the city via Art. This year Art Parcours explores the area around St. Johann. That’s very practical for us, as VernissageTV has its offices in this area of the city. Art Parcours St. Johann is curated by Jens Hoffmann, Director of the CCA Wattis Institute in San Francisco. It’s the third issue of Art Parcours and features site-specific works and performances, which deal with the history of Basel and the Basel of today. The artistic interventions were proposed by the Art Basel galleries and curated by Jens Hoffmann.

This video provides you with a tour of Art Parcours on the Art Parcours Night with works by Claude Lévêque (Ring of Fire, 2011 / Galerie Kamel Mennour, Paris); Los Carpinteros (150 People, 2012 / Galeria Fortes Vilaça, Sao Paulo and Sean Kelly Gallery, New York); Maria Nordman (Actions in Real Time With any Person(s) Arriving, 2012 – ongoing / Marian Goodman Gallery, New York); Aleksandra Mir (LA 600, 2012, Magazzino, Roma); Pedro Reyes (Baby Marx, 2008 – present / Galeria Luisa Strina, Sao Paulo); Dieter Roth (The Studio of Dieter and Björn Roth, 1995 – 2008 / Hauser & Wirth, Zürich); Abraham Cruzvillegas (Autoconstrucción, 2009 /Kurimanzutto, Mexico D.F.); Rodney Graham (Small Modernist Paintings, 2005 – ongoing / 303 Gallery, Hauser & Wirth, Johnen Galerie, Lisson Gallery, Donald Young Gallery); Allan Kaprow (Push and Pull: A Furniture Comedy for Hans Hofmann, 1963/2012 Reinvention by Mateo Tannatt / Hauser & Wirth Zürich); Pawel Althamer (Bruno, 1998-2012 / Foksal Gallery Foundation Warszawa and neugerriemschneider Berlin); Henrik Hakansson (Monarch – The Eternal, 2008 / Meyer Riegger, The Modern Institute, Galleria Franco Noero); Eduardo Basualdo (L’Innombrable, 2012 / Ruth Benzacar Galería de Arte Buenos Aires); Simon Dybbroe Moller (Animate V, 2012 / Laura Bartlett Gallery London, Galerie Kamm, Berlin); Kathryn Andrews (Voix de Ville, 2012).

Art 43 Basel: Art Parcours Night. Basel (Switzerland), June 13, 2012.

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