This weekend happened the 46th Art Basel in Switzerland. With its mind blowing numbers it can be called „the mother of all art fairs“. There was more than 300 international exhibiting galleries opened which represent $3.4 billion worth of art. Moreover, the fair was visited by 92 thousand people. What made all of them gathered here this weekend? Let’s find out all the best attractions in this year Art Basel!
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The first thing that you see, while entering the exhibitions is Art Basel’s Unlimited sector, where you can find huge, immersive and Instagram-worthy works of art. It is described as a platform for projects that transcend the limitations of a classical art-show stand”.
In the Unlimited showroom floor, you could see films by artists including Ed Atkins, Sarah Morris, and Wu Tsang. McGinley made a “YEARBOOK”. It was 500 image pasted on the walls and ceilings of a room, which encompass pop-hued collage of sexy things in the nude.
David Shrigley, Scottish artist created “Life Model”, a three-meter tall sculpture of naked Pinocchio, which blinks and urinates from time to time. He also set up a circle of chairs around it so visitors can sketch it.
Without must-sees Paul Gaugin and Marlene Dumas at Foundation Beyeler as well as Anicka Yi and Bernard Tschumi at Kunsthalle Basel, there are myriad satellite fairs and installations that have sprouted throughout town. There’s Volta and Liste, two fairs devoted to new and emerging art. The focus here is on functional art.
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On the ground floor there is an architectural survey of Avant- garde dwellings called Design at Large and which includes works by Jean Prouve and contemporary Atelier Van Lieshout. Upstairs you can see French and Scandinavian design classics as well as new sci-fi inventions. Swarovski represented its Designer of the Future with its new talents Studio Swine, Tomas Alonso and Elaine Yan Ling Ng. They created work with themes of light and outer space.
A hybrid composer-artist called Robin Mejer created a living environment: an ecosystem of blinking LEDs, plants, and scientific instruments in a tightly sealed tent built in the back of the Volkshaus gallery. The unity of light and sound – cricket recordings, metronomes, and subtle vibrations – stimulate the fireflies ethereally circulating around the interior, creating a surreal experience for the viewer.
So now there is no wonder why Art Basel 2015 attracted so many people. It represents not only pieces of art that make you amazed, but also those that can surprise you as well.