Art Basel is an event which is definitely seen as a top bespoke event which doesn’t fail to bring in some of the very best of many art galleries and other design areas from all around the globe to Basel, Switzerland. Art is the leading force of this amazing showcase, so today, Basel Shows will be bringing you seven of the best art galleries that have set marked their presence in this year’s main event.
This gallery was first created by Barbara Wien in Berlin in 1988, opening with a program that was shaped by an interest in the revolutionary artistic concepts of the 60s as well as their further development. This gallery has featured many relevant names such as Eric Baudelaire, Nina Canell, Mariana Castillo Deball, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Ester Fleckner, Luca Frei, Kim Yong-Ik, Dave McKenzie, among many others.
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The gallery created by Barbara Weiss in 1992 is a good example of an art gallery that established itself as being intellectually challenging, mainly focusing on artistic developments and political questions. Barbara would end up passing away in 2016, and her work has been continued by Bärbel Trautwein and Daniel Herleth. In 2011, it moved to Berlin-Kreuzberg, where it has presented exhibitions from artists such as Monika Baer, Nicole Eisenman, John Miller, Rebecca Morris and many more.
This gallery was founded in Berlin in 2004 and it showcased an international programme of 30 artists. Since then this institution has been continuing to support the careers of its artists through a recurring dialogue with audiences and institutions around the world. They are known for working closely with institutions, public foundations and museums.
Originally created as Jule Kewenig Galerie, in 1986, this art gallery moved to Berlin 25 years after its opening. Presently known as Kewenig this establishment today has a main focus on international contemporary art since the 60s. They showcase art styles in which a dialogue between various generations and cultures is the main highlight.
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KOW is best defined as the result of a project between Alexander Koch (Berlin-based curator and art theorist), Nikolaus Oberhuber (former director of the gallery nächst St. Stephan in Vienna) and the Parisian gallerist Jocelyn Wolff, who quit the project in 2011. It opened in September 2009 at Brunnenstrasse 9 in Berlin-Mitte and it’s known for being an art gallery that represents international artists from different generations, and distinct cultural backgrounds.
Lastly, we have Wentrup, founded in 2004 in Berlin‘s Prenzlauer Berg district. The creator Jan Wentrup conceived this gallery with the intention of creating a space that reacted to the young, diverse, and international art scene of Berlin. Within their portfolio, we can find a variety of artworks from older generations, which include new definitions of painting, sculpture, photography, film, and video. Their aim is to find novelties across genres “both intellectually exciting and aesthetically appealing.”