Basel - News

My Art Guide Basel 2018 Editorial Committee

1 week ago

This edition of My Art Guide Basel has been developed thanks to an incredible editorial committee formed by Elena Filipovic (Director of Kunsthalle Basel), Albertine Kopp (Manager of Davidoff Art Initiative), Samuel Leuenberger (Founder and Director of SALTS). The committee has been working to select the best and most interesting art spaces and exhibitions in town while Basel-based artist Hannah Weinberger gives us an insight on the projects she has been working on and that will be featured within Art Basel.

Elena Filipovic has lead Kunsthalle Basel as its director and curator since November 2014.  There she has curated solo exhibitions of emerging artists, including Yngve Holen, Anne Imhof, Andra Ursuta, Anicka Yi and Yan Xing, among others. She previously served as senior curator of WIELS from 2009-2014, where she organized several large scale traveling exhibitions, devoted to Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker Mark Leckey, Alina Szapocznikow, and Franz Erhard Walther, among others. She was co-curator of the 5th Berlin Biennial in 2008 with Adam Szymczyk, and has edited or co-edited a number of anthologies on global exhibition histories, including “The Artist as Curator: An Anthology” (Mousse Publications, 2017), “The Biennial Reader: Anthology on Large-Scale Perennial Exhibitions of Contemporary Art” (Hatje Cantz, 2010), and “The Manifesta Decade: Debates on Contemporary Art Exhibitions and Biennials in Post-Wall Europe” (MIT Press, 2005). She is author of “The Apparently Marginal Activities of Marcel Duchamp” (MIT Press, 2016) and “David Hammons, Bliz-aard Ball Sale” (Afterall Books, 2017).

Albertine Kopp (Basel, Switzerland) has a passion for contemporary arts which continues to a professional capacity, in the position of Senior Manager of the Davidoff Art Initiative. A multilingual communicator and effective manager, Ms Kopp has worked in art and communication for a decade in various locations including Paris, London, New York and Frankfurt. Now based in Basel with the Swiss Luxury company of Oettinger Davidoff AG, she has been an affective force, building the international art initiative of Davidoff which aims to supports contemporary art and artists of the Caribbean region and create a cultural exchange with the rest of the world.

Independent curator Samuel Leuenberger, has been running the non-for-profit exhibition space SALTS in Birsfelden, near Basel, Switzerland, since 2009, promoting young Swiss and international artists. Since 2016, he is the lead curator of Art Basel’s Parcours sector, a large inner city sculpture and performance project. Since 2012, Leuenberger has worked with the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia on several occasions, including a presentation of the ‘Cahiers D’Artistes’, (artists’ books) in 2013. More recently, he was an associate curator of Salon Suisse 2017, the collateral public program of the Swiss Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale. Alongside the work at SALTS and Parcours, he is an advisory curator for the non-for-profit exhibition space ‘Basement Roma’ in Rome, Italy. Together with an international group of like-minded curators they work closely with the directors of Basement Roma (who also run CURA Magazine) to develop the space’s exhibition program. As a committee member of Basel’s cultural department, Kunstkredit Basel – the nation’s oldest City Arts Council – he plays a role in supporting the local and regional art scene by advocating and advising on funding allocation. He regularly teaches at art schools, currently at the ZHDK in Zurich.

My Art Guides Editorial Team

  • Elena Filipovic, Director of Kunsthalle Basel Elena Filipovic, Director of Kunsthalle Basel
  • Albertine Kopp Albertine Kopp
  • Samuel Leuenberger © Fabian Unternährer Samuel Leuenberger © Fabian Unternährer
Basel - News

Find out the Artists Presented in Unlimited – Art Basel 2018

2 weeks ago

This year’s edition of Unlimited will consist of 71 large-scale projects, presented by galleries participating in the fair. Curated for the seventh consecutive year by Gianni Jetzer, Curator-at-Large at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture  Garden in Washington D.C., the sector will feature a wide range of presentations, from seminal pieces from the past to work created especially for Art Basel.

Renowned as well as emerging artists will participate, including: Matthew Barney, Yto Barrada, Daniel Buren, Horia Damian, Camille Henrot, Jenny Holzer, Mark Leckey, Lee Ufan, Inge Mahn, Lygia Pape, Jon Rafman, Michael Rakowitz, Nedko Solakov, Martine Syms, Barthélémy Toguo and Yu Hong.

Find out here the full list of selected artists.

Art Basel
June 14-17, 2018
Preview (by invitation): Tuesday, June 12, 2018 and Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Public opening dates and hours:
Thursday, June 14, 2018 – Sunday, June 17, 2018: 11am-7pm

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  • Cerith Wyn Evans, Neon Forms (after Noh I), 2015 Courtesy of the artist and the gallery Cerith Wyn Evans, Neon Forms (after Noh I), 2015 Courtesy of the artist and the gallery
Lisbon - News

ARCOlisboa 2018 Returns to Lisbon from 17 to 20 May

2 weeks ago

ARCOlisboa 2018 returns to Lisbon from 17 to 20 May. The Cordoaria Nacional will host 68 participating galleries. The General Programme will consist of 50 galleries selected by the Organisers’ Committee, while the Opening section, will have eight national and international galleries, all in business for at least seven years, selected by Portuguese writer and curator João Laia. This year, for the first time, there will be 10 special projects also selected by the Organisers’ Committee.

Opening times
May 16
Press Access: 5 pm
Opening: from 6 pm to 9.30 pm (by invitation only)
17- 19 May: 2pm to 9 pm.
20 May: from 12pm to 6 pm.

Cordoaria Nacional
Avenida da Índia s/n
1300-342 Lisboa

General: 15 € (from Thursday to Sunday)
Students: 5 € (from Friday to Sunday)

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Venice - News

Kenneth Frampton is the Recipient of the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at Venice Architecture Biennale

1 month ago

Kenneth Frampton, an English architect, historian, critic and educator, has been awarded the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale.

In proposing this name Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara expressed the following motivation:

«Through his work Kenneth Frampton occupies a position of extraordinary intuition and intelligence, combined with a sense of unique integrity. It stands out as the voice of truth in promoting the key values of architecture and its role in society. His humanistic philosophy, in relation to architecture, is rooted in his writing and has constantly argued this humanistic component through all the various “movements” and tendencies of architecture, often misleading, in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.»

The President of the Venice Biennale Paolo Baratta declared:

«There is no student of the faculties of architecture who has not had in his hands his History of modern architecture. The Golden Lion goes this year to a teacher, and in this sense also wants to be a recognition of the critical teaching of architecture. »

Kenneth Frampton (London, 1930) was trained as an architect at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London. He worked as a historical architect and architecture critic. He is currently Ware Professor at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University, New York. He has been teaching at the Royal College of Art in London, the ETH in Zurich, the Berlage Institute in Amsterdam, the EPFL in Lausanne and the Academy of Architecture in Mendrisio. He is the author of many essays on modern and contemporary architecture, and has been part of numerous international juries for architectural prizes and building commissions.

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  • Kenneth Frampton Kenneth Frampton

Ketty La Rocca at the Biennale Donna Ferrara

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This edition of Biennale Donna is dedicated to the work of Ketty La Rocca (La Spezia, 1938 – Florence, 1976) one of the major protagonists of the Italian neo-avant-garde. This retrospective of Ketty La Rocca follows the first anthological exhibition in Italy, realized more than fifteen years ago.

The exhibition, in collaboration with Archivio Ketty La Rocca by Michelangelo Vasta, presents for the first time to the public some materials, documents and objects belonging to the artist, related to her most famous production.

The exhibition, running April 15 – June 3, moves both on a thematic and a chronological track. A project that has never been realized will also be presented: “In principio erat verbum”, a performance game that reiterates La Rocca’s interest in gestural communication.

Save the date
KETTY LA ROCCA 80. Gesture, speech and word
Curated by Francesca Gallo and Raffaella Perna

April 14th 2018 at 6.00pm

Ferrara, Pavilion of Contemporary Art
15 April – 3 June 2018

Carla Ingrasciotta

Florence - News

Carsten Höller and Stefano Mancuso to Take Over Palazzo Strozzi

2 months ago

Curated by Arturo Galansino, “The Florent Experiment” is a new site-specific project by Carsten Höller and plant neurobiologist Stefano Mancuso, built around a fantastically innovative experiment studying the interaction between human beings and plants thanks to the installation of two monumental slides in the Renaissance courtyard and a special scientific laboratory connected to the façade of Palazzo Strozzi.

This immersive installation will allow visitors to be physically involved in the project with a descent from a height of 20 metres from the upper loggia in the palazzo’s courtyard, and two special cinema theatres in the Strozzina. The feelings of excitement, surprise, amusement and fear experienced by participants will be compared with the growth and reactions of various kinds of plants in order to study the empathy between plant organisms and human beings.

Save the date – The Florence Experiment
19 April – 26 August 2018

Opening hours
Daily including holidays 10.00-20.00
Thursdays: 10.00-23.00

Tel +39 055 2645155

Carla Ingrasciotta

  • Carsten Höller Stefano Mancuso, The Florence Experiment , 2018. Courtesy of Palazzo Strozzi Carsten Höller Stefano Mancuso, The Florence Experiment , 2018. Courtesy of Palazzo Strozzi
São Paulo - News

SP-Arte/2018 gathers over 160 exhibitors from 15 different countries

2 months ago

For its 14th edition, SP-Arte — São Paulo’s International Art Festival — brings together over 160 exhibitors from 15 countries, the largest selection of participants to date. The Festival extends across the city with Gallery Night, museum openings and parallel events at various cultural spaces throughout São Paulo.

The Solo sector
Curated by Luiza Teixeira de Freitas and presents 16 projects. Highlights include historical artists such as Dieter Roth (Zucker Art Books), Lotty Rosenfeld (Isabel Aninat) and Mladen Stilinovic (espaivisor) with strong emerging local artists balancing the scene: Raquel Navas (Portas Vilaseca), Bruno Faria (Periscópio) and Marina Weffort (Cavalo) among others.

Curated by Jacopo Crivelli Visconti and focuses on works produced up to the 1980s.

The sector present furniture, lighting and tapestry in addition to modern and contemporary furniture, by renowned galleries.

Performance & Talks
Curated by Paula Garcia, the five performances will take place simultaneously.
A program of Talks brings art experts like Aaron Cezar (Delfina Foundation) and collectors Betty Duker and Pulane Kingston

SP-Arte week
The week starts with Gallery Night on April 9 and 10, in different neighborhoods each day, with exhibition openings, guided visits and talks.

Check out here the full list galleries

Save the date – SP-Arte/2018
April 11 – 15

Opening Hours
Wednesday (April 11): Exclusive preview for guests
Thursday to Saturday (April 12 – 14): 1 PM – 9 PM*
Sunday (April 15): 11 AM – 7 PM*

Bienal Pavilion, Parque Ibirapuera, portão 3
Avenida Pedro Álvares Cabral, s/n
São Paulo, Brazil

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  • Courtesy of SP-Arte Courtesy of SP-Arte
  • Courtesy of SP-Arte Courtesy of SP-Arte
Hong Kong - News

“Living with Art: a conversation between William Zhao and Alia Al Senussi

2 months ago

During Art Basel Hong Kong, the Rolls-Royce Art Programme has organized a special visit to the house of the Hong Kong collector and writer William Zhao. Passionate for art since his childhood he fostered exchange between China and France during his time in Europe and after his MBA in Finance and management positions in investment banking he returned to his home town where he started collecting and writing about art. The amazing collection displayed in his house sees pieces among others by Danh Vo, Carol Rama, Joseph Beuys, Elisabeth Peyton, Lee Kit, Neïl Beloufa, Firenze Lai
Alia Al-Senussi, based in London, works to promote the arts and serves on the boards and committees at institutions like the Tate, Serpentine, Guggenheim, ICA London, Parasol Unit and Art Dubai.

Alia Al Senussi: Was there a particular moment when you started collecting?

William Zhao: When my parents told me you are not going to be an artist. I think this was the best moment of my life.

AAS: At the beginning of your collecting journey did you have one “eureka moment”?

WZ: There is always a moment when you suddenly completely understand something. For me there were so many moments and so many artworks that made me understand that beauty is not the only thing about art.

AAS: The idea of beauty within art and what we see around us, obviously this is a home and this is where you live so you’re living with works that you want to look at that make you think about the moment, how does that work?

WZ: I think in each period of your life you need a different thing, sometimes you want peace and sometimes you want inspiration and this makes me choose and collect very different artists, and in time it also changes the way I look at them.

AAS: Do you work with people to find artworks or do you prefer to find it yourself?

WZ: Today there are so many art fairs and a few good artists unfortunately, so sometimes it’s also by chance. It’s like a journey or a love story, when you have the chance to meet something that is unique.

AAS: Do you think of artists that you want to go and find or is it more…

WZ: I think it’s really enjoyable to visit artists’ studios, to understand more and more and more how the artists work and develop the ideas; and how they reflect the society today. I really love to meet the artists to understand the way they look at art and are making art. I don’t think art fairs are the best way to experiment and buy art.

AAS: It’s like playing the devil’s advocate in a place like Hong Kong where you don’t have many private institutions, the art fair is actually playing a role…

WZ: It’s the globalization, we go to Basel every year to see the Beyeler Foundation and the Kunsthalle so I think we should love to have institutions like that here.

AAS: What I was saying is that for many western people coming to Hong Kong is like discovering a different culture. I think an art fair can play an important role in this, for example Art Dubai is an art fair but for a lot of people it’s also a way to discover the Middle East.

WZ: Yes, in Hong Kong there are a few independent art spaces like Parasite, AAA, Spring Workshop, there’s also little bit of underground happening and growing.

AAS: Going back to your collection, here I can see a mix with traditional of Chinese objects alongside with contemporary painting.

WZ: Yes, for me paintings of a thousand years ago are actually still contemporary.

AAS: Have you ever met an artist and then decided you didn’t want his work?

WZ: Oh a lot!

AAS: So the personality does influence your choice…

WZ: A lot!

AAS: Do you have a thematic for your collection?

WZ: There is no thematic, just works when you look at them you like them you feel you like the idea.

AAS: How do you perceive the practice of collecting for home as opposed to collecting for an institution?

WZ: It’s different, at home you have less responsibility, it’s just do it for yourself, it’s not educational.

AAS: Have you experienced a change in the conversations you’ve had with people in Hong Kong about the ways they’re approaching their collecting practices?

WZ: Of course, always. Some people can be really inspiring when you’re talking to them and sometimes you can understand some topics really talking to them.

AAS: Do you ever have a moment when you think “I don’t want to own this artwork anymore”?

WZ: A lot!

AAS: So how do you deal with that question, there’s such a tabu sometimes around it.

WZ: I put it in storage and I don’t see it anymore.

AAS: But what if you want to sell something.

WZ: There are some things that you just cannot sell!

AAS: I’m sure you get this question all the time: the idea of buying art as an investment as opposed to collecting art.

WZ: I think we buy art always for collecting, but now since the art has become so expensive, if there is some work you don’t really like anymore and there is someone else who wants it, you should sell it to him… This is the reason you should always buy art that you really love.

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  • William Zhao and Alia Al-Senussi. Courtesy of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars William Zhao and Alia Al-Senussi. Courtesy of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars
  • William Zhao home and collection. Courtesy of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars William Zhao home and collection. Courtesy of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars
  • William Zhao home and collection. Courtesy of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars William Zhao home and collection. Courtesy of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars
Milan - News

A Selection of Design Events Curated by Maria Cristina Didero

2 months ago

On the occasion of Salone del Mobile and the design week, we asked Maria Cristina Didero to draw a design itinerary for our readers.

“Milan has become my city. And it is the city of design. We like to say that Milan is the temple of design. Every year in April all the world comes to town to check what we have to offer during the holy week of design, as ironically called the Salone del Mobile. It is a special week. It is a week where you can find beautiful and interesting projects, smart ideas, surprising objects and excited protagonists of the field at every other corner. It is also true that it is a moment where a comfortable bed and a cold dish of spaghetti can cost you a fortune, but you will always think that the money spent was worth. Beside design, what makes the main difference at the Milan Design Week is of course the people. Experts, tourists, the design passionate, followers, collectors, entrepreneurs, and students all gather here to discover new borders, put forward (in the best cases) good questions to envisage new possibilities for the future of design. The future of design is our future, as design stands as the driving engine able to move things and change them, to move them forward to give another perspective, possibly a better one. It is because of this that everyone comes over and makes it the unparalleled week that it is; as design is always about people, never about chairs.”

Maria Cristina Didero is an independent design curator and freelance writer based in Milan, who works internationally. She regularly contributes to magazines such as Domus and Vogue, and she runs her own column titled L’Ascensore in IconDesign. Maria Cristina has collaborated with a number of institutions both in Italy and abroad, curating exhibitions and editing related catalogues. Among others, her last project titled SUPER DESIGN, on Italian radical design, comprises a show at R&Company in New York, a book published by Monacelli Press and a film directed by Francesca Molteni, premiered last November at the New York Design and Architecture Film Festival. Fun House is her next project, an anthological show for 10th year anniversary of Snarkitecture practice, and will take place next July at the National Building Museum in Washington D.C. (USA). This year at Salone, she presents VEGAN DESIGN – Or the Art of Reduction by Erez Nevi Pana part of the 5 Vie circuit.

Check out here the list of design events recommended by Maria Cristina Didero

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  • Maria Cristina Didero © Ferroni Maria Cristina Didero © Ferroni
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My Art Guide Milan 2018 Editorial Committee

2 months ago

My Art Guide Milan is a paper and digital issue dedicated to the art and design weeks in Milan starting with miart art fair and ending with Salone del Mobile, running from April 12th to 22nd, also available online and on iOS app.

This edition has been developed thanks to an incredible editorial committee formed by Alessandro Rabottini (Artistic Director of miart), Pia Capelli (Contemporary Art Writer) and Paola Nicolin (Editor at Large, Domus).
The committee has been working to select the best and most interesting art spaces and exhibitions in town as well as the coolest restaurants and hotels.

Alessandro Rabottini is the Artistic Director of miart since 2017, a curator and art critic. He was Chief Curator of GAMeC Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art in Bergamo from 2001 to 2012, and Curator at Large at MADRE Donnaregina Museum of Contemporary Art in Naples from 2012 to 2015, institutions for which he has curated solo shows of international artists like Mircea Cantor, Keren Cytter, Latifa Echakhch, Giuseppe Gabellone, David Maljkovic, Victor Man, Robert Overby, Walid Raad, Pietro Roccasalva, Tim Rollins & K.O.S, Sterling Ruby, Padraig Timoney, Ettore Spalletti, Tris Vonna-Michell and Jordan Wolfson.
As an independent curator he has organized solo shows by John Armleder, Gianfranco Baruchello, Elad Lassry, John Latham, Guillaume Leblon, Adrian Paci and Danh Vo, and has collaborated with public institutions like the Triennale and PAC in Milan, Accademia di Francia – Villa Medici in Rome, GAM Civic Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art of Turin, Museum für Gegenwartskunst in Basel, Centre d’Art Contemporain in Geneva, Bergen Kunsthall, Le Consortium in Dijon, FRAC Champagne Ardenne in Reims and kestnergesellschaft in Hannover.
His writings have appeared in magazines like Flash Art, Frieze, Kaleidoscope, MAP Magazine, Modern Painters and Mousse.
He is a member of IKT – International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art.

Pia Capelli born and bred in Milan, is a contemporary art writer and compulsive art traveller. She is Il Sole 24 Ore’s Art Market specialist for the weekend supplement La Domenica, writes the Scene & Herd column for Artforum, and covers the global art scene for Elle and other international publications. After Classical Studies, Pia graduated in Philosophy and Aesthetics at Università degli Studi di Milano, before completing her education at the Courtauld Institute in London. On the non-writing side, Pia is an independent art consultant and acts as a liaison between international artists’ estates, galleries and museums.

Paola Nicolin is an Art historian and Curator and she is founding director of the art and educational center the classroom ( curating for private and public institutions educational programs, exhibition and talks projects with artists like Adelita Husni-Bey, Diego Perrone, Piero Golia, Masbedo, Hilario Isola, Seb Patane. Having a PhD in Theory and History of Arts, she teaches History of Contemporary Art at the Bocconi University and is Artforum contributor editor since 2009. Art editor of Abitare (2006-11), she has been responsible for the program of exhibitions of the Municipality of Milan (2011-13) working on solo of Adrian Paci, Alberto Garutti and collective surveys of Italian Art. Member of the scientific committee of Fondazione Carriero, lives and works in Milan.

My Art Guides Editorial Team

  • Alessandro Rabottini Alessandro Rabottini
  • Pia Capelli Pia Capelli
  • Paola Nicolin © Linda Fregni Nagler Paola Nicolin © Linda Fregni Nagler