Parcours: 23 Site-specific Artworks to Be Presented During Art Basel

Sunday, June 10, 2018
Parcours: 23 Site-specific Artworks to Be Presented During Art Basel

Opening Monday afternoon, June 11, Parcours this year will reflect on the political potentials of storytelling, seeking to investigate what stories can tell us about our lives. Titled ‘Telling Stories for the Future’, the exhibition will encompass presentations in civic and private locations that will open exclusively for Parcours as well as collaborations with Basel’s museums, encouraging alternative social and geographical encounters with the city. Through a focus on storytelling, Samuel Leuenberger, Director and Curator of SALTS in Birsfelden, Switzerland, aims to cultivate commonalities and allied thinking across social, geographic, ethnic, economic and ecological boundaries.

Curated for the third consecutive year by Samuel Leuenberger, Parcours this year presents 23 site-specific artworks displayed throughout Basel's historic center. The sector will feature work by Silvia Bächli & Eric Hattan, Nina Beier, stanley brouwn, Julian Charrière, Keren Cytter, Simon Denny, Elmgreen & Dragset, Georg Herold, Pierre Huyghe, Hilary Lloyd, Mark Manders, Caroline Mesquita, Rivane Neuenschwander, Marina Pinsky, Julian Rosefeldt, Nedko Solakov, Simon Starling, Jessica Stockholder, Thomas Struth, Paloma Varga Weisz and Hannah Weinberger. On Saturday, June 16, Parcours Night once again will present a specially curated program of live performances with extended opening hours of Parcours and of some of Basel's leading museums. Art Basel, whose Lead Partner is UBS, takes place at Messe Basel from June 14 to June 17, 2018. 

Highlights include Thomas Struth's 'Animals' (2018), a series of 10 photographs that sensitively capture animals following their moment of surrender. Installed in the Erste Kirche Christi, the work will be drawn from his recent images of scientific and surgical environments, as well as the history of memento mori in art. A program of live music, chosen by Struth in collaboration with guitarist Frank Bungarten, will be presented at selected times throughout the week. By installing 10 sound systems throughout Basel’s sewers, Hannah Weinberger will create a mysterious soundscape scattered across the city that invites the public to tune into a new experience of the city. Each of the 10 sewers will be activated with site-specific compositions created by Weinberger that play against the daily sounds of the sewers and the city.

Image on top: Marian Goodman Gallery, Thomas Struth, Animals, 2018. Reference image. Courtesy of the artist and the gallery

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