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June 14 2012

Art 43 Basel 2012

A short tour of the international art fair Art 43 Basel in Basel, Switzerland on the Preview day. Click here for a video walkthrough of Art Basel’s Unlimited section (with photos). Coming soon: Interview with German artist Bernhard Leitner (Galerie Georg Kagel) and Opening night of Art Basel’s Art Parcours.

Art 43 Basel Preview. Basel (Switzerland), June 12, 2012.

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June 11 2012

Art 43 Basel: Art Unlimited / VIP Opening

In this video VernissageTV attends the Vernissage of Art 43 Basel Art Unlimited. Art Basel is regarded as the world’s most important art fair for modern and contemporary art. The fair takes place in Basel, Switzerland. In the Art Unlimited sector, the galleries present large-scale sculptures and installations by artists such as Damián Ortega, Chris Burden, Günter Umbert, Gilbert & George, Robert Irwin, Olivier Mosset, Thomas Zipp, Pier Paolo Calzolari, Art & Language, Jimmie Durham, Phyllida Barlow, Ugo Rondinone, Franz West, Ragnar Kjartansson, Walead Beshty, Cosima von Bonin, Alicja Kwade, Ricci Albenda, Richard Jackson, Raqs Media Collective, and Michael Sailsorfer.

Art 43 Basel: Art Unlimited / Vernissage, Basel (Switzerland), June 11, 2012.

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May 14 2012

Jeff Koons at Fondation Beyeler

Fondation Beyeler in Riehen near Basel, Switzerland, presents a large solo exhibition with works by Jeff Koons. In collaboration with the artist, the museum decided to show series of works that are central to Jeff Koons’ oeuvre: The New, Banality, and Celebration.

Jeff Koons’ early period-series The New consists of ready-made-like cleaning appliances, symbols of newness and purity. Banality comprises traditionally crafted sculptures in porcelain and wood. With Celebration, Keff Koons produced high-gloss steel sculptures and large-format paintings. Among the works on display are Michael Jackson and Bubbles (1988); Ushering in Banality (1988); New Hoover Convertible (1980); Winter Bears (1988); and Balloon Dog (Red) (1994-2000). The giant Split Rocker is installed in the garden of the museum.

In this video we walk through the exhibition on the occasion of the media reception and Dr. Theodora Vischer (Senior Curator at Large, Fondation Beyeler) gives us a short introduction to the show. Hit the jump for the full-length version of the video, an introduction to the exhibition in German language, and the Jeff Koons lecture at Fondation Beyeler.

Jeff Koons at Fondation Beyeler is the first exhibition ever devoted by a Swiss museum to the American artist Jeff Koons. The show runs until September 2, 2012.

Jeff Koons at Fondation Beyeler. Press Preview and introduction by Dr. Theodora Vischer (Senior Curator at Large, Fondation Beyeler). Riehen / Basel, Switzerland, May 11, 2012.

PS: See also our report on Jeff Koons’ exhibition at Versailles with Jeff Koons talking about his work.

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Full-length video (12:55 Min.):

Introduction to the exhibition in German language (9:50 Min.):

Jeff Koons Lecture at Fondation Beyeler (1:33:09):


February 10 2012

George Brecht: Motor Vehicle Sundown at Museum Tinguely / Remix

It’s no secret that quite a few artists are car enthusiasts. Jean Tinguely was definitely one of them. Consequently, last year’s exhibition Car Fetish was a perfect match for the Museum Tinguely in Basel, Switzerland. Car Fetish was all about how artists and their works deal with the automobile as the ambivalent object that it is. The exhibition showed the wide range of art influenced by the car. The show featured more than 160 artworks by more than 80 artists. Among them: Arman, Giacomo Balla, Robert Frank, Jean Tinguely, Andy Warhol, Gerhard Richter, Roman Signer, Chris Burden, Damián Ortega, Richard Prince, Mel Ramos, Superflex, and Andrea Zittel.

Car Fetish was complemented by a side program. As part of this program, the Museum Tinguely presented Fluxus artist George Brecht’s work Motor Vehicle Sundown. Motor Vehicle Sundown is a concert in which cars are the instruments. Conducted by another Fluxus artist, Larry Miller, the owners of the cars honked, operated the flasher, revved up the engines, and slammed the doors to the amusement of the audience. Despite the heavy rain, the viewers had fun, and because the “instruments” were all classic cars, no one seemed to be bothered by the considerable amount of exhaust gases the emitted. Among the cars that participated in the “concert” was also Jean Tinguely’s Lotus racecar that is normally exhibited together with Eva Aeppli’s Five Widows sculpture in the museum.

George Brecht was born in New York as George Ellis MacDiarmid. He was an early and one of the most important protagonists of the Fluxus movement. In 1970 he moved to Düsseldorf, and in 1972 to Cologne, Germany. He participated in Documenta 5 (1972), Documenta 6 (1977), and Documenta 8 (1987) in Kassel, Germany. George Brecht died in Cologne, Germany in 2008.

George Brecht: Motor Vehicle Sundown. Conducted by Museum Tinguely, Basel. Solitude Park, Basel / Switzerland, June 7, 2011.

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January 30 2012

Hannah Weinberger: When You Leave… / Sound Installation at Kunsthalle Basel

For her first solo exhibition at Kunsthalle Basel in Switzerland, the young artist Hannah Weinberger conceived a site-specific sound installation that fills the five ground floor galleries of the Kunsthalle. The work is titled When You Leave, Walk Out Backwards, So I’ll Think You’re Walking In and consists of eleven ambient sound loops that are played on the eleven channels that the artist has installed in the galleries. The visual aspect of the piece is reduced to the loudspeakers, which are placed in the rooms and echo absorbing curtains that are installed alongside the walls. By walking through the different galleries of the Kunsthalle, the visitors to the exhibition are meant to compose their own soundtrack.

Hannah Weinberger was born in 1988 in Filderstadt, Germany. She lives and works in Basel and Zürich, Switzerland. Hannah Weinberger studied Media Arts at the Zürich University of the Arts. She is one of the founding members of the project space Elaine Mgk in the courtyard of Museum für Gegenwartskunst Basel (together with Tenzing Barshee, Nikola Dietrich, and Scott Cameraon Weaver).

Hannah Weinberger: When You Leave, Walk Out Backwards, So I’ll Think You’re Walking In. Solo exhibition at Kunsthalle Basel, Basel / Switzerland. Opening reception, January 28, 2012.

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Kunsthalle Basel is delighted to present the first solo exhibition of Swiss artist Hannah Weinberger.
An essential mode of Weinberger’s artistic practice and production to date has been that of collaboration and participation. Her music and sound works were often included in exhibitions as live performances that took place during opening nights or special events. Thus, her pieces added another dimension to other artists’ works, and were occasionally also co-performed or co-produced by them. Each of Weinberger’s works engaged with a particular exhibition space and was the outcome of a collective endeavor. Weinberger employs different genres and transgresses the limits of youth subcultures that identify each with one particular genre and the corresponding look and lifestyle. The artist’s open-ended way of working challenges the role hierarchical processes play in contemporary art, and shifts the focus to the importance and presence of collective creativity in our time.

As a representative of the generation that has unlimited access to information and media, Weinberger situates her work in the production sector of music and sound performance. The availability of affordable technology puts the production – and instantaneous distribution – of high-quality music or film within everyone’s reach. Consequently, the hierarchy of artistic production and distribution is transformed, as a single person can access all channels necessary to present a work to the mass audience. Online platforms such as YouTube are only one part of the machinery that enables the new generation to foster the distribution of films and music productions. The majority rules, and its ‘clicks’ alert major corporations to promote certain titles via their distribution networks. The discovery and selection of artistic works are therefore no longer only in the hands of a small number of individuals or of talent scouts. A pre- produced album compilation loses its importance, since the playlist changes constantly. Music becomes a data stream of sounds. New pieces of music received from friends via email complement purchased tracks, as do personally composed tracks and those downloaded from the Internet.

For Kunsthalle Basel, Weinberger has produced a site-specific sound installation. When You Leave, Walk Out Backwards, So I’ll Think You’re Walking In is the title of both the exhibition and the work. Music and sound fill the five ground floor galleries of Kunsthalle Basel. Their visual impact derives solely from the arrangement of loudspeakers while curtains installed alongside the walls assure the absorption of echoes. For the first time, Weinberger’s work, evinced solely by music and sound, stands for itself and relates to the layout of the galleries. The collective processes are not on display: Weinberger has produced twenty-two hours of sound for her exhibition. Eleven loops are played on the eleven channels the artist installed in the galleries and, given their varying lengths the result is a spatial layout of sound, constantly shifting through the exhibition spaces. The Grand Opening Soundtrack devised as an invitation to the opening offers a foretaste of the various loops in the show.

In the first gallery, three different loops are playing over three doughnut-shaped loudspeakers. Each loudspeaker generates a field of sound whose intensity increases the closer you get. Overlapping sounds reverberate between the loudspeakers and between the galleries. Directional loudspeakers in gallery 2 fill the space with another two loops while in the following room one encounters a more intimate atmosphere. Four loops in gallery 4 and one in the final room of the Kunsthalle both open up and close the circuit. The exhibition is not conceived like a record album that runs from beginning to end. Each of the rooms and each of the loops may be the beginning or the end of Weinberger’s work. It is the visitors of the show who determine how long they linger in a room, with a loop, or at a certain position between two or several loops. Hence, the visitors mix personal tracks and create a Weinberger work of their own. The loops are always composed in one timbre, in which major and minor keys harmonize. The basic form of each harmony develops into a body of sound and introduces the next harmony. This conveys a sense of calm underlying the overall composition or of an ingenuous interplay of different elements. The crux of the matter is not so much the development of a danceable beat like for example in electronic music. Instead, the various samples of presets including drum kits, percussion, basses, grand pianos, synths and strings, revolve around the idea of a universal composition.

Hannah Weinberger composes with the aid of programs that are available to many of her peers. When You Leave, Walk Out Backwards, So I’ll Think You’re Walking In does not incorporate any live music or vocals. Instead, the artist appropriates those elements supplied by audio programs whose recombination is left to the user. Appropriation, recombination and repetition are hence essential features of this work. They underpin not only Weinberger’s practice per se but also the listeners’ perceptions, for they necessarily experience the work as a permanent re-mix. As far as musical genres are concerned, When You Leave, Walk Out Backwards, So I’ll Think You’re Walking In can perhaps, best be described as ambient, which is to say, as a style of electronic music dominated by soft and drawn-out sounds. Minimalist beats interspersed with world music clips can be heard alongside other variations that run in a constant 4/4 cadence at a rate of 80–140 bpm (beats per minute).

What remains at the end of the exhibition visit is augured in a poetic and melancholic manner by the title: When You Leave, Walk Out Backwards, So I’ll Think You’re Walking In. Each exhibition visitor is enveloped by the work, and walks away immersed in his or her own personal impressions. Musical elements such as playback, repetitions and overlaps play with perception. The limits of the exhibition space – that Hannah Weinberger merely uses as a minimal backdrop to sound – are thus transcended. The music of the exhibition is subconsciously retained and remains tangible in viewers’ bodies after they left.

The exhibition is generously supported by george foundation.

Hannah Weinberger (*1988 Filderstadt/D) lives and works in Basel and Zurich/CH. Weinberger studied Media Arts from 2007 to 2010 at the Zurich University of the Arts where she received her BFA in 2010. She is currently finishing her MFA at the Zurich University of the Arts. In 2010 Weinberger received the travel award from the Kunsthalle Basel, awarded in the course of Regionale ’11. Hannah Weinberger is one of the founding members of the project space Elaine Mgk together with Tenzing Barshee, Nikola Dietrich and Scott Cameron Weaver in the courtyard of Museum für Gegenwartskunst Basel.

Group exhibitions (selection): Inside/Outside: Dressing the Monument Opening Reception, Lynden Sculpture Park, Milwaukee (2011); Group Affinity, Kunstverein Munich (2011); Corso Multisala, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen (2011); Magical & Poetical Structures, Alte Fabrik, Rapperswil (2011); The Village Cry, Kunsthalle Basel (2010); SLIP SNIP TRIP, Karma International, Zurich (2010); Of Objects, Fields, and Mirrors, Kunsthaus Glarus (2010); Bridges & Tunnels, curated by New Jerseyy, Hard Hat, Geneva (2009); FILE RIO, Oi Futuro Cultural Center, Rio de Janeiro (2009); The World Is Our Culture, ZHdK, Zurich (2008); Shift (Electronic Arts) Festival, Basel (2008); FILE – Electronic Language International Festival, Sao Paulo (2008). Performances (selection): Forming-Storming-Norming-Performing, Kunstverein Munich (2011); Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen (2011); PASSAGE(S),Theatre de L‘Usine, Geneva (2011); Jam Session, Museumsnacht, Kunsthalle Basel (2011); Regionales Konzert, The Village Cry, Kunsthalle Basel (2010); Transdisziplinäres Konzert, ZHdK, Zurich(2010); Interdisziplinäres Konzert, ZHdK, Zurich (2009).

January 11 2012

VernissageTV Classics (r3): Jasper Johns: An Allegory of Painting at Kunstmuseum Basel (2007)

The 2007 exhibition “Jasper Johns: An Allegory of Painting, 1955 – 1965″ at Kunstmuseum Basel presented the groundbreaking early work of Jasper Johns, beginning in the mid-1950s with such famous works as “Target with Four Faces”. The show brought together around seventy key works on loan from museums and private collections in the US and Europe. It traced the relationship of four specific motifs: the target, the mechanical “device”, the naming colors, and the imprint of the body. The shots in this video are from the press preview and the vernissage of the exhibition on June 1st, 2007.

This is another segment in our series r3 that highlights the treasures of VernissageTV’s huge archive. R3 is a series of VernissageTV classics, now re-mastered, re-edited and reissued in High Definition. Click here for the complete list of videos. Click here for the original post and more information about the show.

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December 01 2011

Art Basel Miami Beach 2011

This year, Art Basel Miami Beach celebrates its 10th edition. The art fair showcases more than 260 galleries from all over the world. This video provides you with a walk-through on the opening day.

Art Basel Miami Beach 2011, Opening Day, November 30, 2011.

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November 02 2011

Robert Breer. Retrospective at Museum Tinguely, Basel

Robert Breer is considered as one of the most groundbreaking and celebrated experimental filmmakers in history, a pioneer in avant-garde animation. The Museum Tinguely in Basel now shows the most comprehensive retrospective of this work to date. The solo exhibition presents the paintings, sculptures and films of the American artist, showing works from the 1950 to the present day. The exhibition was conceived in close cooperation with Robert Breer, who died in August 2011.

In this video, curator Andres Pardey (Vice Director, Museum Tinguely) talks about Robert Breers oeuvre and career, his artistic development, his relationship to Jean Tinguely, and the concept of the exhibition (click here for the complete video).

Robert Breer was born in Detroit in 1926. He is seen as a typical “Artist’s artist” who developed a highly original oeuvre. Breer was the son of an amateur 3D home-movie maker and chief engineer at the Chrysler Corporation. He initially studied engineering, but then switched to painting, attracted by the grid-based abstract works of Piet Mondrian.

In 1949 he moved to Paris, where he developed his own version of hard edge abstraction painting. Based on a deep interest in movement, he brought his paintings to live with experiments with animation, first with flipbooks, and finally with film. In his first film Form Phases (1952) he set the designs of these paintings into motion by morphing the forms and shifting the color. Later, he mixed moving and still images, representation and abstraction. In one of his best known films, Swiss Army Knife with Rats and Pigeons (1980) the functional form of the knife and its red color separate and dance around each other before reuniting.

Robert Breer’s High-Speed films are complemented by his Super-SloMo sculptures or Floats. In the 1960s he began to work on these sculptures that have simple, almost minimalist forms and move at speed that is almost imperceptible. They recreate the motion of his films in three dimensions.

The exhibition was mounted in collaboration with the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead (UK) where it ran from June to September 2011. A major publication and an event program at Museum Tinguely accompany the exhibition.

Robert Breer. Retrospective at Museum Tinguely, Basel / Switzerland. Press preview, October 25, 2011.

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September 15 2011

Louise Bourgeois: À L’Infini. Artist Talk with Jerry Gorovoy at Fondation Beyeler

Jerry Gorovoy was Louise Bourgeois assistant for more than 30 years. He is a profound expert of her work. In this conversation with Dr. Ulf Küster, the curator of the exhibition Louise Bourgeois: À L’Infini at Fondation Beyeler, Jerry Gorovoy talks about the different aspects of Louise Bourgeois’ work and his personal experiences with the artist.

Louise Bourgeois: À L’Infini. Solo exhibition at Fondation Beyeler, Riehen / Switzerland. Artist Talk. Dr. Ulf Küster (Curator, Fondation Beyeler) in conversation with Jerry Gorovoy, September 4, 2011.

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September 05 2011

Louise Bourgeois: À L’Infini. Exhibition at Fondation Beyeler

Louise Bourgeois was one of the most exceptional artists of our time. Her life and work inspired many artists of younger generations such as Tracy Emin or Robert Gober. To honor her 100th birthday, the Fondation Beyeler is devoting an homage to Louise Bourgeois by placing her work in dialog with the museum’s permanent collection, especially artists with whom she had a special relationship, such as Paul Cézanne, Francis Bacon and Alberto Giacometti. In this video, we walk through the exhibition and hear the curator of the show, Dr. Ulf Küster, talking about the concept of the exhibition and the relevance of Louise Bourgeois’ work.

Louise Bourgeois: À L’Infini presents sculptures and drawings by Louise Bourgeois as well as the famous Cell, Passage Dangereux. The highlight of the exhibition is the monumental spider sculpture titled Maman that sits in front of the museum in the Berower Park.

The exhibition was conceived together with Louise Bourgeois (who died on May 31, 2010) and curated by Dr. Ulf Küster (curator, Fondation Beyeler) in cooperation with the Louise Bourgeois Studio, New York.

In October 2011 a book on the exhibition by Dr. Ulf Küster will be published by Hatje Cantz Verlag.

Louise Bourgeois: À L’Infini. Solo exhibition at Fondation Beyeler, Riehen / Switzerland. Interview with Dr. Ulf Küster (Curator, Fondation Beyeler) and opening reception, September 2/3 30, 2011.

PS: Photo set after the jump. See also: Louise Bourgeois: Maman at Fondation Beyeler.

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September 02 2011

Louise Bourgeois: Maman at Fondation Beyeler

On the occasion of the Louise Bourgeois exhibition at Fondation Beyeler, the museum is showing the artist’s famous sculpture Maman. This video documents the installation of Louise Bourgeois’ giant spider sculpture in the garden of Fondation Beyeler in Riehen (Basel, Switzerland). The video shows how the legs of the spider are assembled, and how the different parts of the sculpture – legs, body, eggs, head – are put together and how the sculpture is erected.

Louise Bourgeois’ Maman is one of the best-known works of the artist and the highlight of the exhibition, which the Fondation Beyeler has mounted in honor of her 100th birthday on December 25, 2011. The exhibition was planned together with the artist who died on May 31, 2010 and emerged in collaboration with the Louise Bourgeois Studio. It is curated by Ulf Küster, curator at the Fondation Beyeler. The exhibition opens on 3rd September and runs until 8th January 2012. There’s an artist talk at Fondation Beyeler with Louise Bourgois’ long-standing assistant Jerry Gorovoy on 4th September 2011, 11.30am.

Bourgois began using the spider as central image in her art in the late 1990s. Maman was first shown in Louise Bourgeois’ exhibition at the Tate Modern as unique steel and marble sculpture in 2000. Subsequently an edition of six bronzes was cast by the artist. Bronze casts if Maman are on permanent display at The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul, Mori Art Center Tokyo, and the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa.

According to the artist, “The Spider is an ode to my mother. She was my best friend. Like a spider, my mother was a weaver. My family was in the business of tapestry restoration, and my mother was in charge of the workshop. Like spiders, my mother was very clever. Spiders are friendly presences that eat mosquitoes. We know that mosquitoes spread diseases and are therefore unwanted. So, spiders are helpful and protective, just like my mother.“ (Source: Tate press release)

Louise Bourgeois: Maman at Fondation Beyeler. Installation in Berower Park, Riehen / Switzerland, August 30, 2011.

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July 22 2011

Andrew Bush: Vector Portraits / Interview

As part of the exhibition Car Fetish. I drive, therefore I am Museum Tinguely in Basel, Switzerland presents works from the Vector Portraits series of Los Angeles-based artist Andrew Bush. The Vector Portraits are photographs of people in their cars that Andrew Bush took while driving side by side at 50 to 70 mph in Los Angeles and other parts of the Southwestern United States.

Andrew Bush was born in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1956. He studied photography at the Yale University in New Haven, CT. His work can be found in major collections such as the Art Institute of Chicago; the Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris; the Museum of Modern Art New York, the Victoria & Albert Museum London, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

See also: Car Fetish. I drive, therefore I am. Museum Tinguely, Basel.

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July 07 2011

NADA Director Heather Hubbs on NADA and the Collaboration with Art Cologne

Between the preview days of Venice Biennale 2011 and Art 42 Basel the New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) and Art Cologne announced their collaboration for the 2012 edition of Art Cologne. NADA will exhibit for the first time at Art Cologne – Internationaler Kunstmarkt. VernissageTV had the chance to meet with the director of NADA, Heather Hubbs, in Basel, to learn more about this cooperation and the motif behind this move. In this interview, Heather Hubbs gives us with a short introduction to NADA, the goals and activities of the organization, and its members. She lets us know how NADA is different from other art fairs and why the cooperation with Art Cologne makes sense for the New Art Dealers Alliance.

Art Cologne Director Daniel Hug is convinced that the collaboration with NADA art fair “is going to bring young, cutting-edge galleries to Cologne and offer our collectors and visitors completely new insights into the current art scene. At the same time, we are reviving the history of collaboration between New York and Cologne.”

The New Art Dealers Alliance is a non-for-profit collective of professionals working with contemporary art. Its members are dealers, curators, gallery directors and other art professionals. NADA is based in New York. Four dealers, Sheri L. Pasquarella, John Connelly, Zach Feuer and Zach Miner, founded it in 2002.

Although widely known for its art fair in Miami Beach, NADA is not only an art fair. Its activities include artist talks, gallery walks, members-only seminars, and panel discussions. On July 30/31 NADA stages NADA Hudson, a large-scale exhibition featuring over 30 projects presented by NADA members and affiliates. NADA Cologne at Art Cologne 2011 is going to take place from 18th to 22nd April 2012.

Interview with NADA Director Heather Hubbs at Liste art fair 2011, Basel / Switzerland,

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July 06 2011

Car Fetish. I drive, therefore I am. Museum Tinguely, Basel

In 1886, the German engineer Karl Benz was awarded the patent for his Motorwagen, generally acknowledged as the first modern automobile. On the occasion of the 125th anniversary of the car, several art museums are dedicating exhibitions to the automobile. One of them is the Museum Tinguely that currently presents the exhibition Car Fetish. I drive, therefore I am. This comes as no surprise, because the artist Jean Tinguely was known for his passion for cars – especially race cars.

But Jean Tinguely was certainly not the only artist who is fascinated by the automobile. The exhibition Car Fetish unfolds the wide range of art influenced by the automobile. The show features more than 160 artworks by more than 80 artists. Among them: Arman, Giacomo Balla, Robert Frank, Jean Tinguely, Andy Warhol, Gerhard Richter, Roman Signer, Chris Burden, Damián Ortega, Richard Prince, Mel Ramos, Superflex, and Andrea Zittel.

Car Fetish, curated by Roland Wetzel, is architecturally conceived as a wheel with axis and radial segments that are dedicated to specific themes. The center is dominated by a Volkswagen Beetle exploded through the space, Damián Ortega’s large-scale work Cosmic Thing. On display are works such as Allan Kaprow’s 1961 installation Yard, made of towering stacks of tires; Andy Warhol’s Optical Car Crash (1962), Giacomo Balla’s Velocità + luci (1913); Mel Ramos’ Kar Kween (1964); Arnold Odermatt’s photographies of car accidents; or Erwin Wurm’s Renault 25.

An important part of the exhibition are Jean Tinguely’s works. Tinguely hardly ever missed a Formula 1 race, and he was friends with famous racers such as Jo Siffert, Joakim Bonnier and Niki Lauda. As Nouveau Réaliste Tinguely had a great passion for speed and for the machine, but he also knew the deadly aspect of motor racing. On show is a piece for which he converted two racecar chassis into a winged altar, as well as his installation that combines Eva Aeppli’s Five Widows with a Lotus racecar.

The exhibition is complemeted by a side program such as a drive-in cinema that offers a program of feature film fitting the automotive theme including Bullit, Duel, Lost Highway, and Traffic. Car Fetish at Museum Tinguely in Basel runs until October 9, 2011.

Car Fetish. I drive, therefore I am. Museum Tinguely, Basel. Introduction by Roland Wetzel. Basel, Switzerland, June 7, 2011.

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June 25 2011

Performance by Jamie Isenstein at Art Basel 2011 / Interview

During Art Basel 2011 Brooklyn-based artist Jamie Isenstein was performing “Rug Woogie IV” at the booth of Galerie Meyer Riegger. Jamie Isenstein was seated at a classical harp. But the instrument didn’t produce any sound, on the contrary: Jamie Isenstein wasn’t plucking the strings, but weaving wool through them, covering their sound. The result of this process is a sculpture, a rug, woven into the harp by the artist. In this conversation with Dr. Bettina Krogemann, Jamie Isenstein talks about this performance / sculpture piece and her work in general.

Jamie Isenstein was born in 1975 in Portland, Oregon. She lives and works in New York City. Her solo exhibition titled “Double Feature! Empire of Fire and Rug Woogie IV” at Meyer Riegger Karlsruhe is still on show until July 30, 2011.

Jamie Isenstein: Rug Woogie IV. Performane / sculpture at Meyer Riegger Gallery, Art 42 Basel. Basel / Switzerland, June 17, 2011.

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June 23 2011

Rirkrit Tiravanija Cooking and Drawing Event at Art Basel 2011

In his event at Art 42 Basel, the artist Rirkrit Tiravanija merged two typologies of his oeuvre: cooking-as-event and political drawing. It was first launched under the title “who’s afraid of red, yellow, and green” at 100 Tonson Gallery in Bangkok / Thailand in 2010, at a time when there was an intense conflict between “red” and “yellow” shirt protesters. Red, yellow, and green Thai curries, as visitors were invited to add charcoal drawings to the white gallery walls, showing political motives. In Basel, this was repeated with a different topic. The project is usually conceived for a given space according to the socio-political context of the surrounding region.

In this conversation with Dr. Bettina Krogemann, the managing director of 100 Tonson Gallery, Aey Phanachet, talks about the concept of the work, the involvement of the visitors and how it was received by collectors. 100 Tonson Gallery is the only gallery from Southeast Asia taking part in Art Basel 2011.

Rirkrit Tiravanija cooking-as-event and political drawing at the booth of 100 Tonson Gallery, Art 42 Basel (Art Feature sector). Basel / Switzerland, June 17, 2011.

PS: Click here for a firsthand report that describes what it’s like to draw for Rirkrit Tiravanija by Georgina Lee at Not-Quite-Critics.

PPS: See also Rirkrit Tiravanija’s exhibition “Fear Eats the Soul” at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, New York.

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June 21 2011

Together in Electric Dreams. Inaugural Exhibition, House of Electronic Arts Basel

The House of Electronic Arts in Basel / Switzerland is dedicated to exploring art that employs media technology and reflects on the social, economic and political aspects of our daily use of “electronics”. The inaugural exhibition, curated by Raffael Dörig, is titled “Together in Electric Dreams. Absent Presence“. The show features the artists !Mediengruppe Bitnik, Stefan Baltensperger & David Siepert, Kit Galloway & Sherrie Rabinowitz, Jonathan Harris & Sep Kamvar, Esther Hunziker, Markus Kison, Oliver Laric, Marc Lee, Unsworn Industries. The exhibition runs through September 18, 2011.

The House of Electronic Arts (Haus für elektronische Künste) is the successor to Art & New Media, and Shift – Electronic Arts Festival. The House of Electronic Arts combines the previous activities of and Shift and its new agenda under one roof.

Opening of the inaugural exhibition of the House of Electronic Arts in Basel / Switzerland, May 27, 2011. Video by Karolina Zupan-Rupp and Geoff Gilmore.

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June 18 2011

Liste 16 – The Young Art Fair in Basel 2011

The 16th edition of Liste – The Young Art Fair in Basel presents works by artists and galleries that you might see again at Art Basel in the future. On display are works by artists such as Nick Relph (Herald St, London); Amalia Pica (Diana Stigter, Amsterdam); Christian Mayer (Galerie Mezzanin, Vienna); Paolo Soleri (Marcelle Alix, Paris); Fredrik Vaerslev (Johan Berggren Gallery, Malmö); Lina Viste Grønli (Gaudel de Stampa, Paris); Nick Evans (Mary Mary, Glasgow); Navid Nuur (Plan B, Cluj/Berlin); Wojciech Bakowski (Galeria Stereo, Poznan); Matthias Bitzer (Kadel Willborn, Karlsruhe).

Liste 16 – The Young Art Fair in Basel 2011. Walk-through, June 17, 2011. Photo set after the jump.

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June 15 2011

Art 42 Basel 2011

In this video we take a stroll through Art Basel 2011 where we see works by artists such as Junya Ishigami, Ugo Rondinone, Sarah Lucas, Ernesto Neto, Olafur Eliasson, Ai Weiwei, Tomas Saraceno, Nuno Ramos, and Damien Hirst; watch a performance by Jamie Isenstein at Meyer Riegger Gallery, and finally are rewarded with a free beer at the booth of 100 Tonson Gallery (the gallery is showing a work by Rirkrit Tiravanija).

Art 42 Basel 2011. First Choice and Preview, June 14, 2011.

Photo set after the jump.

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June 14 2011

Art 42 Basel / Art Unlimited 2011

This year’s edition of Art Basel’s Art Unlimited section presents large scale installations, sculptures and videos by artists such as Erik van Lieshout, Daniel Buren, Etienne Chambaud, Anish Kapoor, Vera Lutter, Waltercio Caldas, Cerith Wyn Evans, Jorinde Voigt, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Carl Andre, Fred Sandback, Allen Ruppersberg, Mona Hatoum, Kendell Geers, Sudarshan Shetty, Gardar Eide Einarsson, Christian Andersson, Daniel Robert Hunziker, Lun Tuchnowski, David Zink Yi, Jason Rhoades,and Jennifer Allora & Guillermo Calzadilla.

Art 42 Basel 2011, Art Unlimited. Preview, June 13, 2011.

Photo set after the jump.

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