45 edition of Art Basel

The Swiss city of Basel, a daily quiet community of less than 200,000 people, becomes each year the hub of international contemporary art. Basel is probably the most important art fair in the world and we must be there.
 
From 18 to 21 June, Basel celebrates the 45th anniversary of Art Basel and makes of its streets and squares the place of recreation for thousands of collectors, artists, photographers, journalists, art critics, museum directors, etc ... that roam the fairs (Basel and the various satellite fairs: LIST - dedicated since 1996 to young galleries - VOLTA - founded in 2005 and dedicated to emerging art - Scope and The Solo Project) hungry for unique pieces. This year, Art Basel involves about 300 galleries with works by 4,000 artists from long experience and prestige in the twentieth century and also the names of young artists of the XXI century, including installation, performance, film,...
Art Basel was born in 1970 as an alliance between several galleries and today is a brand in itself, with branches as Art Basel Miami Beach and Art Basel Hong Kong, and a reference for artists and curators from around the world that should display their best proposals to impress the exclusive selection committee of Art Basel. "It's like being in the Olympics," assures these days the New York gallery owner Fergus McCaffrey, "or as the European Champions League, in which every gallery and artist want desperately to compete."
 
With different sections: Galleries (the General Programme with 222 galleries), Feature (30 curated galleries), Statemets (16 galleries with emerging art), Unlimited (section on large specific formats, sculpture, installations, performances, ...), Film (curated, video art, film, documentary,...). Art Basel is the thermometer with which is measured the international art market temperature.

Imagen sección Unlimited: Jeppe Hein, 360º Illusion.

Obra de Ai Wei Wei, Stacked 2012.

 

For this edition of 2015, the Spanish presence in Basel is seen in virtually all the fairs, and in Art Basel will be Parra & Romero (which makes for the first time) and other veterans such as Helga de Alvear, Juana de Aizpuru, Polígrafa Graphic Work, Elvira González and ProjecteSD.

Vista del stand de OBRA GRÁFICA ORIGINAL en Basel.
 
 
 
In LISTE (79 galleries from 31 countries), where Latin American presence is very significant with the participation of 80M2 (Lima); Document-Art (Buenos Aires); Vision Institute (Bogotá); Labor and Gaga (Mexico DF); Jacqueline Martins (Sao Paulo) and Project Ultraviolet (Guatemala), Spain is represented with only two galleries: Maisterravalbuena and NoguerasBlanchard.
 
VOLTA (69 exhibitors from 19 countries), however, provides the proposed 7 Spanish galleries: DNA Gallery (Barcelona); Alarcon Criado (Sevilla); Rosa Santos (Valencia); Arte Nueve (Murcia); Angeles Baños (Badajoz); Espacio Valverde, Ponce + Robles (Madrid). Among the artists in Volta and represented by these galleries are Carlos Aires, Eugenio Merino, Avelino Sala, Sergio Porlán, Julia Calvo, Andres Pachon, Susanne SD Themlitz, Elena Alonso, Luis Vassallo, Alejandro Botubol, Françoise Vanneraud, Manuel Caeiro, Leslie Smith, Irene Grau and Raul Diaz. To all, very lucky.
Obra de Andrés Pachón, con Angeles Baños Galería en VOLTA.

 

The cultural agenda gradually recovers after the health-crisis halt and art lovers are eager to enjoy the rich cultural offer that the different spaces and museums throughout our geography have to offer. In addition, one must remember that these centres have made an enormous effort to adapt to the demands that the new situation imposes and have created abundant online-accessible content to overcome confinement. We bring you a selection of content that can be visited both in person and through the web. There is no excuse for not enjoying contemporary art again.

Olafur Eliasson, “En la vida real (In real life)”, 2019

The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao continues with its exhibition dedicated to Olafur Eliasson and offers numerous resources to understand not only the exhibition but also the work of the centre in the assembly and installation process. The website allows us to expand content with interviews with the artist, the download of the audio guide and the vision of the curator Lucía Aguirre, who offers us different video-pills on the pieces in the exhibition.

"Olafur Eliasson: in real life" brings together a part of this artist's work since 1990 through sculptures, photographs, paintings and installations that play with reflections and colours. Likewise, the integration of elements such as moss, water, ice, fog... put the visitor in a situation that confuses the senses and tries to challenge the way we perceive our environment and move in it.

Regina de Miguel, “Isla Decepción”, 2017

The Botín Centre in Santander hosts the exhibition "Collecting processes: 25 years of Itineraries" which brings together the work of 25 of the 210 scholarship recipients who, to date, have enjoyed the Botín Foundation Plastic Arts Scholarship, started in 1993. With the works Lara Almárcegui, Basma Alsharif, Leonor Antunes, Javier Arce, Erick Beltrán, David Bestué, Bleda and Rosa, Nuno Cera, Patricia Dauder, Patricia Esquivias, Karlos Gil, Carlos Irijalba, Adrià Julià, Juan López, Rogelio López Cuenca, Renata Lucas, Mateo Maté, Jorge Méndez Blake, Regina de Miguel, Leticia Ramos, Fernando Sánchez Castillo, Teresa Solar Abboud, Leonor Serrano Rivas, Jorge Yeregui, David Zink-Yi, the exhibition is a good example of up-to-date and young contemporary art contributed by artists with very diverse profiles.

Clemente Bernad. Series “Ante el umbral”, Madrid, 2020

The Reina Sofía Museum wanted to create a visual chronicle of what the confinement and the tragic numbers of infected and deceased have meant for the lives of many of us: a tale of pain, nostalgia and uncertainty made by the photographer Clemente Bernad. This exhibition, curated by Jorge Moreno Andrés, is entitled “Before the threshold”, a title that expresses the strange sensation that occurs when faced with something new and unknown, something that we cannot control or avoid, and that we all must go through. The alteration imposed on our lives unexpectedly is reflected in the streets, transformed into places of solitude and abandonment where life has been paralysed.

Mario Merz / No title, Triplo Igloo, 1984 MAXXI Collection

At the IVAM, the exhibition "What is our home?" brings together works from the IVAM collection and the MAXXI centre in Rome to propose a reflection on the space we inhabit seen from a personal and social perspective. It is about investigating the value that these spaces have as a home or refuge, as well as part of a city or community.

The exhibition, curated by José Miguel G. Cortés, also wants to delve into the feeling of those who feel like foreigners anywhere, because they do not identify with the habits or customs of the society, they do not fit into these social patterns, and home becomes the only shelter space that can adapt to their identity needs.

Martha Rosler, frame from “Backyard Economy I-II”, 1974 © Courtesy of Martha Rosler, 2020

Es Baluard Museu is committed to video creation and performance and hosts the monographic exhibition “Martha Rosler. How do we get there from here?” dedicated to this New York artist who pioneered the use of video as a mechanism for social and political analysis. This exhibition includes various works, from video to photography and several publications, which synthesise her main lines of discourse. Her concern for public policies and the social equality of women has led her to actively participate in numerous social movements in La Havana, New York, Mexico DC or Barcelona, and these experiences are present in one way or another in her work.

With the curatorship of Inma Prieto, a selection has been made within the abundant production of this artist, which presents one of the most coherent careers in towards-the-new-Millenium contemporary art.

Image from file, via meiac.es/turbulence/archive/acceso.html

The MEIAC - Museo Extremeño e Iberoamericano de Arte Contemporáneo, host the works of the prestigious international digital art archive "Turbulence", a platform dedicated to network and hybrid art. In view of the inevitable closure of this institution, the MEIAC has offered to host all this valuable content collected since 1996. The uploading of the file also served as an opportunity to restore numerous pieces and convert formats so that files that had become obsolete remain readable by new systems. A huge job of conservation and updating that can be enjoyed online today. The archive is made up of hundreds of digital works from around the world that can now be visited remotely.