Art Basel hosts a series of conversations and talks on a range of subjects, including the collection and exhibition of art, understanding art from a geographical and historical perspective, and timely topics concerning the contemporary art scene. Artists, gallerists, art historians, curators, museum directors, publishers, and collectors participate in panel discussions, book signings, and interviews.
The morning Conversations series offers a platform for dynamic dialogs between prominent members of the international artworld, each offering their unique perspective on producing, collecting and exhibiting art.
Conversations are held daily from Wednesday, June 17 to Sunday, June 21 in Hall 1 of Art Basel. Panel discussions take place between 10am and 11am, followed by 30 minutes of questions from the audience. It is open to the public and free of charge.
High-quality videos of all Conversations will be available here shortly after the show.
WEDNESDAY JUNE 17
10am to 11am | Premiere | Artist Talk | Danh Vō
Danh Vō, Artist, Berlin, in conversation with Manuela Ammer, Curator, mumok, Vienna
This year’s Conversations series is inaugurated by Vietnamese-born Danish artist Danh Vō and curator Manuela Ammer with in a discussion about Danh Vō’s most recent and innovative projects and shows.
Among them are a group show at the Pinault Foundation co-curated by the artist, his on-going series Come to Where the Flavours Are, included in the 12th Sharjah Biennial, and especially mothertongue, in the Danish Pavillon of the 56th Venice Biennale.
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THURSDAY JUNE 18
10am to 11am | Public/Private | Works in Progress: Building New Art Institutions in Africa
Marie-Cécile Zinsou, President, Fondation Zinsou, Cotonou, Benin; Touria El Glaoui, Founder, 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, London; Koyo Kouoh, Founding Artistic Director, RAW Material Company, Dakar; Mark Coetzee, Director and Chief Curator, Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, Cape Town; Raphael Chikukwa, Chief Curator, National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe.
Moderator: András Szántó, Author and Cultural Consultant, New York
Africa is associated with enormous social and economic challenges, but has arguably the greatest opportunities of any world region. This discussion of leading curators and institutional innovators evaluates both the promise and challenges of a continent that is commanding increasing interest in the international art community. Where are the greatest opportunities in Africa for the emergence of a robust arts infrastructure? What are the persistent challenges that stand in the way of global cultural and commercial recognition?
FRIDAY JUNE 19
10am to 11am | Artistic Practice | The Artist as Archeologist
Jumana Manna, Artist, Berlin/Jerusalem; Mariana Castillo Deball, Artist, Berlin; Susan Hiller, Artist, London; Peter Wächtler, Artist, Brussels; Simone Fattal, Artist, Paris/Beirut; Rosella Biscotti, Artist, Amsterdam
Moderator: Hans Ulrich Obrist, Co-Director, Serpentine Gallery, London
Conceived by Hans Ulrich Obrist, this series is an ongoing overview of the diversity of artistic practices. The 10th installment brings together several artists from a range of generations, whose work is influenced by archaeology, excavation and research-based practices.
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SATURDAY JUNE 20
10am to 11am | The Artist and the Gallerist
Wael Shawky, Artist, Alexandria, in conversation with Andrée Sfeir-Semler, Director, Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Hamburg/Beirut
This panel offers a frank conversation about the unique and essential relationship between artists and their galleries. Egyptian artist Wael Shawky and gallerist Andrée Sfeir-Semler, with locations in both Beirut and Hamburg, discuss how they work together, if/how their working relationship has changed over time, what they have learned from each other and their plans for the future.
SUNDAY JUNE 21
10am to 11am | Rethinking Kunsthalles and Non-Profits
Anthony Huberman, Director and Chief Curator, Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco; Matthew Higgs, Artist, Director and Chief Curator, White Columns, New York; Elena Filipovic, Director and Chief Curator, Kunsthalle Basel, Basel; Solveig Øvstebø, Executive Director and Chief Curator, The Renaissance Society, Chicago; Samuel Leuenberger, Director and Curator, SALTS, Birsfelden/Basel
Moderator: Marc-Olivier Wahler, Founder and Director, Chalet Society, Paris
The Kunsthalle acts as a responsive, loose structure with a speed of execution that should match as closely as possible that of the artists. How do mergers between public and private funding, accelerated information dispertion, and the dematerialization of art and art spaces affect Kunsthalles and non-profits worldwide?
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