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See you in Basel… but first, there’s Zurich Art Weekend

Zurich Art Weekend kicks off the festivities with openings at galleries, institutions and Off-spaces throughout Zurich on the 7-9 June. This includes Nora Turato at Galerie Gregor Staiger, Tobias Pils at Eva Presenhuber, Grace Schwindt at Peter Kilchmann, and Philipp Guston and Nairy Baghramian at Hauser & Wirth.

The Portugeuse artist Ana Jotta at Kunsthalle Zurich and Olaf Holzapfel at the Museum Haus Konstruktiv. 

Traditionally, LISTE opens the day before Art Basel, 10-16 June this year. This year, 91 galleries from 35 countries will welcome visitors at Messe Basel. Including 65 solo and 16 group presentations and five joint booths, and more than 100 of the latest voices in contemporary art will be showcased.

Some first-time galleries to look out for are General Expenses (Mexico City), Yutaka Kikutake (Tokyo), Eins Gallery (Limassol), P21 (Seoul), Cibrian (San Sebastian), Callirrhoe (Athens), Coulisse (Stockholm), GauliZitter (Brussels) and Sissi Club (Marseille)…

Art Basel o the mother of all art fairs– of course here there are great and expected galleries featuring over 200 leading galleries and more than 4,000 artists from five continents, so lets focus on the sectors such as 

Statements featuring 18 galleries including Galeria Stereo (Warsaw), Felix Gaudlitz (Vienna), Jahmek Contemporary Art (Angola), Gypsum Gallery (Cairo), Wooson (Seoul), ROH Projects (Jakarta) and more.

The crowd favorite is Unlimited – this year will present 70 large-scale museum-quality installations by both established and emerging artists including Lutz Bacher with Galerie Buchholz, Moroccan filmmaker Meriem Bennani with CLEARING, Chilean artist Seba Calfuqueo at Labor, minimalist sculptor Torkwase Dyson at Gray / Pace Gallery and choreographer Maria Hassabi at The Breeder (Athens) could be new artists for audiences to check out…

The Parcours sector at Art Basel showcases site-specific installations, sculptures, interventions, and performances situated in public spaces and historic sites throughout the city of Basel. The 2024 edition of Parcours is curated for the first time by Stefanie Hessler- Director of the Swiss Institute New York. For this newly updated edition, Art Basel’s free outdoor sector is moving closer to the fair building and Messeplatz. Hessler’s concept for Parcours is a curated exhibition that meanders through empty stores and operational shops, a hotel, a restaurant, a distillery, and spaces on Basel’s Clarastrasse which leads down to The Rhine river and the bridge connects Basel’s left bank.

JUNE Art Fair is always worth a look…  June is an international art fair and exhibition platform founded in 2019. Founded by galleries (VI-VII and Christian Andersen) as an alternative to the conventional art fair viewing experience, June prioritizes an open format and a highly selective, intergenerational group of participants amongst whom dialogue and collaboration are encouraged. (i.e. friends of friends)

This year’s exhibitors include:  VI, VII (Oslo), Christian Andersen (Copenhagen), Cento (Glasgow), The Green Gallery (Milwaukee), Hagiwara Projects (Tokyo), Jacky Strenz (Frankfurt), Lagune Ouest, (Copenhagen), Magician Space (Beijing),  Misako & Rosen (Tokyo), PALAS, (Sydney), Parisa Kind (Frankfurt)

Basel Social Club– this year going green.

And finally, the new kid on the block Basel Social Club returns for its third edition in a new location and format: a week-long event in the open air on farmland fields, amongst trees, and between the barns. Bringing you an exhibition by local and international artists, performances, artistic interventions, and daily culinary offerings. BSC is organised by a small group of mostly (performance) artists and gallerists/curators- Robbie Fitzpatrick, Dominik Müller, Claudia Müller, Yael Salomonowitz, Hannah Weinberger…

The program will be announced 2. June. (updated soon…)