Design Insider expanded its cultural insight by attending this years Art Basel event in Basel, Switzerland while visiting Swiss bathroom experts Laufen.
Art Basel has often been refereed to as the Olympics of the Art World, being the premier show for Modern and contemporary works. In it’s 48th year running Art Basel reported it strongest year yet, with galleries boasting their biggest sales ever.
Running simultaneously with the Venice Biennale, documenta 14 and Skulptur Projekte Münster, Art Basel drew a particularly strong turnout of both established and new collectors from over 100 countries, with strong attendance from the Americas and Asia.
The show attracted an attendance of 95,000 and once again proved itself to be a pivotal meeting point for the international art world.
‘This was one of the most upbeat art fairs that I can remember. Unlimited set the tone with one incredible installation after another. Collectors took their time, but we ended up selling virtually everything in the booth. It is also worth noting that museums were actively acquiring for their permanent collections.’
Marc Glimcher, President, Pace (New York, Beijing, Hong Kong, London, Palo Alto)
One of favourite sections of this huge show, had to be the “unlimited” section, which has been running since 2000. This year exhibition was curated by Gianni Jetzer, who did not disappoint with 76 large scale art projects and installations that are presented across 16,000 square metres. see our favourites below:
Live Cooking Installation by Subodh Gupta called “Galleria Continua” represented by Hauser & Wirth gallery
Video installation by Michal Rovner, titled “Anubis” showing jackals at night time, the enigmatic video-fresco reveals the jackals Rovner captured over the course of a few months with equipment used by security, military, and surveillance cameras. The monochromatic images compel us to adapt our sight to the dim environment. With their glowing eyes, the jackals watch us, transforming the viewer into the observed.
You can view more highlights on the Art Basel website