Art Basel’s 2017 Consersations Program – Conversations, Art Basel’s talks series, will once more bring together leading artists, gallerists, collectors, art historians, curators, museum directors and critics from across the world. Programmed for the third year by Mari Spirito, Founding Director and Curator of Protocinema, Conversations offers a platform for dialogues and discussions on current topics, offering perspectives on producing, collecting, and exhibiting art.The 23 talks will feature prominent art world figures including Dr. Maria Balshaw, Candice Breitz, Julian Charrière, Elmgreen & Dragset, Cécile B. Evans, Carlos Garaicoa, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Ekaterina Inozemtseva, Kasper König, Annette Messager, Frances Morris, Zanele Muholi, Claes Nordenhake, Aparna Rao, Beatrix Ruf, Wilhelm Schürmann, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Stanley Whitney and Vadim Zakharov, among many others. Art Basel, whose Lead Partner is UBS, takes place at Messe Basel from June 15 to June 18, 2017.
Art Basel’s Conversations series – formerly titled Conversations and Salon – begins on Wednesday, June 14 with the Premiere Artist Talk, devoted to Annette Messager (b. 1943) and moderated by Dr. Maria Balshaw, Director of Tate, United Kingdom as of June 1. As part of a biennale talk on the same day, Gabi Ngcobo, Curator, 10th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art and Elmgreen & Dragset, Artists, and Curators, 15th Istanbul Biennial, Berlin, will be discussing ‘Two Approaches: The Postcolonial & The Personal’ in their two upcoming Biennials to be moderated by Georgina Adam, Art Market Editor-atlarge, The Art Newspaper, London.
The series of Conversations will continue on Thursday, June 15 with a debate focusing on ‘New Rules: Is the Artworld a Mature Industry?’. The discussion will be moderated by András Szántó, Author and Cultural Consultant, New York and will bring together a panel of speakers including Lindsay Pollock, Former Editorin-Chief of Art in America, New York; Adam Sheffer, Partner at Cheim & Read and President, Art Dealers Association of America, New York; Bob Rennie, Collector and Principal, Rennie Collection, Vancouver; Olav Velthuis, Professor at the Department of Sociology of the University of Amsterdam and President of TIAMSA; and Pierre Valentin, Partner Constantine Cannon LLP, London.
Invited to discuss the complexities of museum development in the talk ‘Reconsidering Museum Growth’ will be Beatrix Ruf, Director, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and Frances Morris, Director, Tate Modern with the talk moderated by Nina Siegal, Freelance Contributor, The New York Times, Amsterdam. Initiated and moderated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Artistic Director, Serpentine Galleries, London, this year’s ‘Artists’ Influencers’ talk on Friday, June 16 will see Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster (b. 1965) in dialogue with Kasper König, Artistic Director of Skulptur Projekte Münster 2017. A debate surrounding ‘Cohabitation & What is wrong with Ecological Art’ will be the focus on Saturday, June 17. Discussing these themes and tying them in with their own art practice, speakers will include artists Julian Charrière (b. 1987) and Lara Almarcegui (b. 1972), with Luise Faurschou, Founder & Director of Faurschou Art Resources & ART 2030, Copenhagen, and moderator Ana Paula Cohen, Independent Curator, Editor and Writer, São Paulo.
The following day, audiences will be able to gain insights into the collaboration between Stanley Whitney (b. 1946) and Claes Nordenhake, Founder and Director, Galerie Nordenhake, in a talk entitled ‘The Artist and the Gallerist’, moderated by Alexie Glass- Kantor, Executive Director, Artspace, Sydney and Curator of Art Basel’s Encounters sector in Hong Kong.
Further highlights from Conversations include an artist talk moderated by Valerie Kabov, Editor-at-Large of Art Africa Magazine, Harare under the theme ‘Do Artists need to Leave Africa to be Successful?’, in which South African artists Candice Breitz (b. 1972) and Zanele Muholi (b. 1972) will discuss the contemporary African art scene and how young African artists can build recognition for their work, both at home and abroad. Shifting the focus to Russia’s art scene, ‘Russian Conceptualism: Silent Resistance’, will present a political discussion featuring conceptual artist Vadim Zakharov (b. 1959) in conversation with Margarita Tupitsyn, Independent Scholar, Critic and Curator, New York, moderated by Ekaterina Inozemtseva, Senior Curator, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow. ‘Bricks-and-Mortar & Acquisitions’, will feature Anthony Reynolds, Owner, Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London in conversation with Janice Guy, Co-owner former Murray Guy, New York about the role of traditional galleries and the perceived shifting importance of physical spaces to the sales of art, moderated by Josh Baer, Advisor and Publisher, Baer Faxt, New York. ‘The Future(s) of Photography’ will be discussed by a panel including: Thomas Zander, Owner Galerie Thomas Zander Cologne; Philip Tinari, Director, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing and Nathalie Herschdorfer, Director Museum of Fine Arts, Le Locle, and will be moderated by Tobia Bezzola, Director of Museum Folkwang in Essen.
The weekend program will include ‘Jerusalem Lives’, a conversation between Palestinian artist Yazan Khalili (b. 1981) and Reem Fadda, Independent Curator, Amman, which will focus on the opening of The Palestinian Museum in 2016 and the first ever exhibition in the new space one year after its opening, curated by Reem Fadda. ‘Oh the Humanity’ will bring together artist Cécile B. Evans (b. 1983) and Susanne Pfeffer, Director of the Fridericianum in Kassel, and Commissioner, German Pavilion at the 2017 Venice Biennale. Saturday’s talk ’Archives and the Digital Dark Age’, will see Hans Ulrich Obrist moderate a dialogue between Sabih Ahmed, Senior Researcher Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong, and Glenn R. Phillips, Curator and Head of Modern & Contemporary Collections, Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, on the acceleration of technology in relationship to the slow pace of preservation, which is leading to the future possible loss of information in both mediums. The last day of the program will include a discussion on the impacts of social media on the art market, featuring speakers Amadeo Kraupa-Tuskany, Co-Founder and Director, Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler, Berlin, and collector Tobias Gombert, Basel, to be moderated by Art Critic and Author, Astrid Mania, Berlin.
Conversations is held daily from Wednesday, June 14 to Sunday, June 18 in the auditorium of Hall 1. The program is open to the public and free of charge. All panel discussions are followed by a Q&A session.
All Conversations panels will be live streamed on Art Basel’s YouTube channel and on website: artbasel.com/basel/conversations.
DETAILED CONVERSATIONS PROGRAM
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
10am to 11.30am | Premiere Artist Talk | Annette Messager
Annette Messager, Artist, Malakoff, in conversation with Dr. Maria Balshaw, Director, Tate,
4pm to 5pm | Collector Talk | Private Collections Ascension
Leon Amitai, Collector and CEO of Sutex, Bogotá; Maja Hoffmann, Art Patron, and
Founder, LUMA Foundation, Zurich
Moderator: Linda Yablonsky, Writer and Columnist, Artforum, New York
5pm to 6pm | Biennale Talk | Two Approaches: The Postcolonial & The Personal
Gabi Ngcobo, Curator, 10th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, Berlin; Elmgreen &
Dragset, Artists, and Curators, 15th Istanbul Biennial, Berlin
Moderator: Georgina Adam, Editor-at-large, The Art Newspaper, London
6pm to 7pm | Collector Talk | My Journey as Collector
Wilhelm Schürmann, Photographer and Collector, Herzogenrath, in conversation with
Susanne Titz, Director Städtisches Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach
Thursday, June 15, 2017
10am to 11.30am | Public Private | New Rules: Is the Artworld a Mature Industry?
Lindsay Pollock, former Editor-in-Chief, Art in America, New York; Olav Velthuis, Professor,
Department of Sociology at University of Amsterdam, and President, TIAMSA, Amsterdam;
Adam Sheffer, Partner, Cheim & Read, and President, Art Dealers Association of America,
New York; Pierre Valentin, Partner, Constantine Cannon LLP, London; Bob Rennie,
Moderator: András Szántó, Author and Cultural Consultant, New York
2pm to 3pm | Museum Talk | Reconsidering Museum Growth
Beatrix Ruf, Director, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Amsterdam; Frances Morris, Director,
Tate Modern, London
Moderator: Nina Siegal, Freelance Contributor, The New York Times, Amsterdam
3pm to 4pm | Artist Talk | Do Artists Need to Leave Africa to be Successful?
Candice Breitz, Artist, Berlin; Zanele Muholi, Artist and Visual Activist, Johannesburg
Moderator: Valerie Kabov, Editor-at-Large, Art Africa Magazine, Harare
4pm to 5pm | Artist Talk | Russian Conceptualism: Silent Resistance
Vadim Zakharov, Artist, Berlin, in conversation with Margarita Tupitsyn, Independent
Scholar, Curator and Critic, New York
Moderator: Ekaterina Inozemtseva, Senior Curator, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art,
5pm to 6pm | Artist Talk | Artificial Lives
Aparna Rao, Pors & Rao, Artist, Bangalore/Zurich in conversation with Alia Al-Senussi, Art
Friday, June 16, 2017
10am to 11.30am | Artist Talk | Artists’ Influencers
Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Artist, Paris; Kasper König, Artistic Director, Skulptur
Projekte Münster 2017, Berlin
Moderator: Hans Ulrich Obrist, Artistic Director, Serpentine Galleries, London
2pm to 3pm | Art Market Talk | Bricks-and-Mortar & Acquisitions
Anthony Reynolds, Owner, Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London; Janice Guy, Co-Owner,
former Murray Guy, New York
Moderator: Josh Baer, Advisor and Publisher, Baer Faxt, New York
3pm to 4pm | Artist Talk | Social Practice Changes
Carlos Garaicoa, Artist, Havana/Madrid; Sue Williamson, Artist, Cape Town
Moderator: Gianni Jetzer, Curator of Art Basel’s Unlimited sector and Curator-at-Large,
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.
4pm to 5pm | Photography Talk | The Future(s) of Photography
Thomas Zander, Owner, Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne; Philip Tinari, Director, Ullens
Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing; Nathalie Herschdorfer, Director, Musée des BeauxArts,
Moderator: Tobia Bezzola, Director, Museum Folkwang, Essen
5pm to 6pm | Artist Talk | Fluidity of Identity
Claire Atherton, Film Editor, Paris; Rania Stephan, Filmmaker and Artist, Beirut
Moderator: Kathleen Bühler, Curator, Kunstmuseum Bern, Bern
Saturday, June 17, 2017
10am to 11.30am | Artworld Talk | Cohabitation & What is wrong with Ecological Art
Lara Almarcegui, Artist, Rotterdam; Julian Charrière, Artist, Berlin; Luise Faurschou,
Founder and Director, ART 2030 and Faurschou Art Resources, Copenhagen
Moderator: Ana Paula Cohen, Independent Curator, Editor and Writer,
2pm to 3pm | Creative Cities Talk | Culture for Urban Identity
Abraham Cruzvillegas, Artist, Mexico City; Bernard Khoury, Architect and Designer, Beirut;
Afroditi Panagiotakou, Director of Culture, Onassis Foundation, Athens
Moderator: Mark Rappolt, Editor-in-Chief, ArtReview, London
3pm to 4pm | Museum Talk | Jerusalem Lives
Yazan Khalili, Artist, Ramallah, in conversation with Reem Fadda, Curator, Amman
4pm to 5pm | Artist Talk | Oh the Humanity!
Cécile B. Evans, Artist, London, in conversation with Susanne Pfeffer, Director,
Fridericianum, Kassel, and Curator German Pavillon, 57th Venice Biennale
5pm to 6pm | Curator Talk | Archives and the Digital Dark Age
Glenn Phillips, Curator and Head of Modern & Contemporary Collections, Getty Research
Institute, Los Angeles; Sabih Ahmed, Senior Researcher, Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong
Moderator: Hans Ulrich Obrist, Artistic Director, Serpentine Galleries,
Sunday, June 18, 2017
10am to 11.30am | Artist Talk | The Artist and the Gallerist
Stanley Whitney, Artist, New York/Parma; Claes Nordenhake, Founder and Director,
Galerie Nordenhake, Berlin/Stockholm
Moderator: Alexie Glass-Kantor, Executive Director, Artspace, Sydney
2pm to 3pm | Artist Talk | Nurture vs. Promotion: Young Artists
Giovanni Carmine, Director Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen, St. Gallen; Gina Folly, Artist, Basel
Moderator: Irene Calderoni, Curator, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin
3pm to 4pm | Art Market Talk | The Social Media Art Market
Amadeo Kraupa-Tuskany, Co-Founder and Director, Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler, Berlin;
Tobias Gombert, Collector, Basel
Moderator: Astrid Mania, Art Critic and Author, Berlin
4pm to 5pm | Artist Talk | The Stage as Safe Space
Samuel Leuenberger, Curator of Art Basel’s Parcours sector, Director and Curator of
SALTS, Birsfelden; Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Artist, Glasgow, Than Hussein Clark, Artist,
Moderator: Jane Morris, Editor-at-Large, The Art Newspaper, and Contributor, The
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