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