Curated for the second year by Samuel Leuenberger, Director and Curator of SALTS in Birsfelden, Switzerland, Parcours returns with 22 site-specific artworks sited around Basel's historical Münsterplatz.
Curated for the second year by Samuel Leuenberger, Director and Curator of SALTS in Birsfelden, Switzerland, Parcours returns with 22 site-specific artworks sited around Basel's historical Münsterplatz. Parcours will feature artworks by both internationally renowned and emerging artists including Ai Weiwei, Katinka Bock, Pedro Cabrita Reis, Miriam Cahn, Berlinde de Bruyckere, Nathalie Djurberg and Hans Berg, Latifa Echakhch, GCC, Amanda Ross-Ho, Cally Spooner, Rirkrit Tiravanija and Wu Tsang. Art Basel, whose Lead Partner is UBS, takes place at Messe Basel from June 15 to June 18, 2017.
Engaging with Basel's past and present by weaving artistic interventions into the fabric of the city, this year's edition of Parcours portrays a series of intimate experiences, with artists addressing the truths that concern their daily experiences. The eighth edition of Parcours is again sited in the heart of Basel's historical city center, the Münsterhügel, where 21 artists engage with an abundance of historically rich scenic sites. Visitors will enter public as well as private spaces, discovering local institutions, city departments, and churches built in various centuries. These places – through their own histories and interactions with the public – will contextualize and amplify each artist's personal thoughts. Taking place on Saturday, June 17, Parcours Night will once again feature a specially curated program of live performances, access to all Parcours sites and extended opening hours at some of Basel's leading museums.
Installed on Münsterplatz, Ai Weiwei's (b. 1957) monumental sculpture 'Iron Tree' (2016) will create a contemplative environment for viewers to reflect on their relationship to nature, culture, history and the self. 'Site of the Fall: Study of the Renaissance Garden' (2016-17) by Iranian artist Reza Aramesh (b. 1970) will consist of three hand-carved and polished Carrera marble sculptures presented in different contexts: beside the masterpieces of the Antiquities Museum, upon the banks of the Rhine river and before the threshold of Basel's civil courthouse. By formally alluding to Renaissance ideals, Aramesh presents the beautiful as the damned: victims excluded from paradise, and questions the traditional representation of suffering throughout the Western art-historical canon. In the Basler Münstersaal, Latifa Echakhch's (b. 1974) work 'Screen Shot' (2015) is comprised of several three-panel screens of the artist's height and arranged like a labyrinth, draped with clothes immersed in black India ink; each item leaving drippings on the panels and floor, reminiscent of wet clothing that has been lost on the run.
Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg, Giò Marconi, Lisson Gallery. Who am I to Judge, or, It Must be Something Delicious, 2017
Reza Aramesh, Leila Heller Gallery. Site of the Fall: Study of the Renaissance Garden, 2016-17
Lena Henke, Galerie Emanuel Layr, Real Fine Arts, Bortolami. City Lights (Dead Horse Bay), 2016
Rirkrit Tiravanija, Neugerriemschneider. untitled 2007 (stories are propaganda so pay a penny for the royalties and sing a prologue to history if the mass is against the classes the girls will be god the only free choice is refusal to pay choking on the billboards philosophy in the boudoir the days of this society is numbered
Sophie Nys, Galerie Greta Meert. 102 craters on Venus, 2017
The full list of Parcours projects:
Ai Weiwei, neugerriemschneider ‘Iron Tree’, 2016 Münsterplatz
Reza Aramesh, Leila Heller Gallery ‘Site of the Fall: Study of the Renaissance Garden’, 2016-17 Antikenmuseum Basel und Sammlung Ludwig, St. Alban-Graben 5; Zivilgericht BaselStadt, Bäumleingasse 3; Wettsteinbrücke, along Rhine Promenade
Katinka Bock, Galerie Jocelyn Wolff, Meyer Riegger ‘Parasite Fountain’, 2017 Eurofima, Ritterhof Garden, St. Alban-Graben 11 / Rittergasse 20 Pedro Cabrita Reis, Sprovieri, Kewenig, Magazzino, Mai 36 Galerie, Peter Freeman, Inc. ‘The Basel Line’, 2017 Corner Rittergasse/Münsterplatz
Miriam Cahn, Galerie Jocelyn Wolff, Meyer Riegger ‘SCHLACHTFELD/ALTERSWERK’, 2012 Museum der Kulturen Basel, Hedi Keller Saal, Münsterplatz 20
Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Sadie Coles HQ, Massimo De Carlo ‘The Green Room & The Science Lab’, 2017 Elfdausigjumpferestube, Rheinsprung 12
Gianni Colombo, A arte Invernizzi ‘Spazio curvo’, 1992 Corner of Martinsgasse/Stapfelberg
Berlinde De Bruyckere, Hauser & Wirth ‘My Deer’, 2011-2013 Zum Fälklein, Hofmauer, Stapfelberg 2 (Naturhistorisches Museum Basel)
Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg, Gió Marconi, Lisson Gallery ‘Who am I to Judge, or, It Must be Something Delicious’, 2017 Gymnasium am Münsterplatz, Münsterplatz 13
Latifa Echakhch, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, kamel mennour, kaufmann repetto ‘Screen Shot’, 2015 Bischofshof, Münstersaal, Rittergasse 1
GCC (Nanu Al-Hamad, Khalid Al Gharaballi, Abdullah Al-Mutairi, Fatima Al Qadiri, Monira Al Qadiri, Aziz Al Qatami, Barrak Alzaid, Amal Khalaf), Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler, Mitchell-Innes & Nash ‘Belief in the Power of Believe’, 2017 Naturhistoriches Museum Basel, Augustinergasse 2
Flaka Haliti, Deborah Schamoni ‘Concerned by the ghost without being bothered’, 2017 Basel Town Hall, Courtyard
Lena Henke, Galerie Emanuel Layr, Real Fine Arts, Bortolami ‘City Lights (Dead Horse Bay)’, 2016 Pfalz and in the Garden of Lesegesellschaft along the Rhine River
Sophie Nys, Galerie Greta Meert ‘Footnote to a fountain’, 2017 Various fountains throughout the Parcours area
Sophie Nys, Galerie Greta Meert ‘102 craters on Venus’, 2017 Naturhistorisches Museum Basel, Aula, Augustinergasse 2
Christodoulos Panayiotou, Rodeo ‘Untitled’, 2017 Throughout the city of Basel and one time only at Museumsbistro Rollerhof on Münsterplatz
Amanda Ross-Ho, Mitchell-Innes & Nash ‘Untitled Findings (ACCESS)’, 2017 Various locations throughout the Parcours area
Markus Selg, Galerie Guido W. Baudach ‘Arcadia’, 2017 Martingasse 7
Cally Spooner, ZERO..., gb agency ‘And As The Medieval Cloisters Connect Seamlessly With The Corridors of Power... I’m quietly confident… (U-turn!)’, 2013 Stiftung Bartels Fondation, Zum Kleinen Markgräflerhof, Augustinergasse 17
Rirkrit Tiravanija, Neugerriemschneider ‘untitled 2007 (stories are propaganda so pay a penny for the royalties and sing a prologue to history if the mass is against the classes the girls will be god the only free choice is refusal to pay choking on the billboards philosophy in the boudoir the days of this society is numbered) ’, 2007 Terrace of Alte Universität, Rheinsprung 9
Erika Verzutti, Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel, Andrew Kreps Gallery, Alison Jacques Gallery ‘Centipede’, 2017 Sportplatz, Rittergasse 5
Wu Tsang, Antenna Space, Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi ‘The secret life of things is open’, 2014, 2015, 2017 Club de Bâle, Rheinsprung 5
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