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Unlimited: Presenting 78 ambitious and large-scale artworks from five generations of artists

Rob Pruitt | Brown

Rob Pruitt | Brown
Art Basel 2013 | Unlimited | Rob Pruitt | Brown
MCH Messe Schweiz (Basel) AG

 Unlimited, Art Basel’s unique exhibition platform for artworks that transcend the traditional art fair stand, will this year present 78 projects from galleries participating in the show. Curated for the third consecutive year by New York-based curator Gianni Jetzer, and juried by the Selection Committee, Unlimited will showcase a strong selection of works by renowned artists including Carl Andre, Anthony Caro, Richard Long, Ana Mendieta, Bruce Nauman, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Rosemarie Trockel, Doug Wheeler, Yang Fudong and Zhang Huan. These stars are joined by newer talents such as Andrew Dadson, Sam Falls, João Maria Gusmão + Pedro Paiva, Gavin Kenyon, Alex Prager, Laure Prouvost, Troika and Daniel Turner.

Since first being introduced at Art Basel in 2000, Unlimited has become a key element of the show, providing galleries with an opportunity to showcase large-scale sculptures, video projections, installations, wall paintings, photographic series and performance art which cannot be displayed within the limitations of an art fair stand. The sector will take over the exhibition space in Hall 1 as Statements, the sector for younger galleries, moves into Hall 2.

Highlights of Unlimited will include Carl Andre’s floor work ‘Steel Peneplain’ (1982) presented by Konrad Fischer Galerie (Dusseldorf), which consists of 300 steel plates and was created especially for Kassel’s Documenta 7 in 1982. Hanne Darboven’s historically significant work ‘Kinder Dieser Welt / Children of the World’ (1990-1996) was developed in the aftermath of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Presented by Konrad Fischer Galerie (Dusseldorf) and Sprüth Magers Berlin London (Berlin, London), the work has been exhibited only once before, in Stuttgart in 1997. Tucci Russo Studio per l’Arte Contemporanea (Turin) will present ‘Matrice di linfa’ (2008), part of Giuseppe Penone’s ‘Trees’ series of works, in which the center of a fir tree is removed. Annely Juda Fine Art (London), Mitchell-Innes & Nash (New York) and Galerie Daniel Templon (Paris) will show one of Anthony Caro’s very last sculptures, ‘River Run’ (2013).

Presented by Galerie Eva Presenhuber (Zurich), ‘Untitled (Pallet 9, Pomona)’ (2013) by Sam Falls explores the collapsing of photography, painting and sculpture as he exposes an orange fabric to the effects of the sun. Maccarone (New York) and Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects (Los Angeles) will present Rodney McMillian’s ‘From Asterisks in Dockery’ (2012), a floor-to-ceiling red vinyl appropriation of a chapel. Presented by Blum & Poe (Los Angeles), Simon Lee Gallery (London, Hong Kong), and Metro Pictures (New York), Jim Shaw’s large scale acrylic on muslin work ‘Capitol Viscera Appliances mural’ (2011) portrays an eruption of viscera, resulting in the destruction of Capitol Hill in Washington D.C., referencing his fictional ‘Oist’ mythology. Galleria Continua (San Gimignano) will show ‘Tayouwood’ (2014), a site specific video installation by Pascale Marthine Tayou, depicting his own personally curated world. Kukje Gallery / Tina Kim Gallery will show Haegue Yang’s extensive blind installation ‘Accommodating the Epic Dispersion – On Non-cathartic Volume of Dispersion’ (2012) while Long March Space (Beijing) will present Shanghai artist Xu Zhen’s most ambitious sculptural installation to date ‘Eternity…’ (2013/14).

A limited-edition catalog, published by Hatje Cantz Publishers, accompanies the exhibition and includes descriptive texts and images about each artwork. The catalog is for sale at the show as well as in bookshops. Cost: CHF 40.

Blum & Poe, Simon Lee Gallery, Metro Pictures

Blum & Poe, Simon Lee Gallery, Metro Pictures

For the full gallery list for Unlimited, please visit:



Art Basel announces 2014 film program

 Art Basel will present a premier program of over 30 film and video works drawn from the show’s participating galleries, including works by Maria Anwander, Jan Peter Hammer, Harun Farocki, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, David Shrigley and Jane and Louise Wilson. The program is presented for the seventh consecutive year by Berlin-based curator Marc Glöde and Zurich collector This Brunner. Highlights of this year’s program include the world premiere of ‘Sequenza’ by Manon de Boer and George van Dam, Aïda Ruilova’s new film ‘Head and Hands: My Black Angel’, a Short Film Program by Los Angeles filmmaker Pat O’Neill, the European premiere of ‘Tim’s Vermeer’, and a special screening curated by Vdrome. Screened at Stadtkino Basel, the Film program will run from Monday, June 16 to Saturday, June 21. A number of artists from the program will attend the screenings and will be taking part in Q&A sessions.

Art Basel’s Film sector will see the world premiere of ‘Sequenza’ by

Manon de Boer and George van Dam. ‘Sequenza’ is an experimental film project based on the composition ‘Sequenza VIII’ for solo violin by Luciano Berio. The film explores how the rhythm and structure of the composition can be articulated in conjunction with the moving image. The screening, which includes three other short films by Manon de Boer, will be followed by a Q&A with the artist and Marc Glöde. Manon de Boer’s Short Film Program will be shown at 10pm on Wednesday, June 18, 2014.

Aïda Ruilova

’s new film ‘Head and Hands: My Black Angel’ features the film director Abel Ferrara and author Alissa Bennett. What starts as a discussion about the life and death of Italian film director, writer and intellectual Pier Paolo Pasolini gradually develops into a narrative about love, desire, drugs and conspiracy. The film offers an insight into the forces at play and self-destruction that often accompanies creative genius. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the artist, Alissa Bennett and Marc Glöde. ‘Head and Hands: My Black Angel’ will be shown at 8pm on Friday, June 20, 2014.

The Film program will also include works by

Pat O’Neill, one of the West Coast’s most experimental film makers. Showing older and newer films as well as excerpts from his latest project, the program will reflect on how O’Neill combines found footage with experimental montage techniques to create an altogether different graphic language. The artist will be present for a Q&A after the screenings. Pat O’Neill’s Short Film Program will be shown at 10pm on Friday, June 20, 2014.

Film will also feature the European premiere of ‘Tim’s Vermeer’, directed by performance artist

Teller, and produced by Penn Jillette. The film follows Tim Jenison, a Texan based scientist’s attempts to solve how 17th century Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer managed to paint photo-realistically before the invention of photography. Using alternative painting techniques in his research, Jenison tests his theory on who Vermeer was and what allowed him to paint in this way. ‘Tim’s Vermeer’ will be shown at 8pm on Saturday, June 21, 2014.

Vdrome, founded by Mousse Magazine in 2013 to investigate and promote the relationship between cinema and contemporary art through an online platform, will present

João Maria Gusmão and Pedro Paiva’s latest work ‘Papagaio’ at 8pm on Tuesday June 17, 2014.

For the full gallery list for Film, please visit:

Art Basel, whose Lead Partner is UBS, will take place June 19-22, 2014, presenting over 280 of the world’s leading galleries.



Monday, June 16, 2014

8pm | Short Film program | To the Point

Running time 54′; curated by Marc Glöde

This year’s Art Basel film program opens with a focus on Jan Peter Hammer and Superflex: filmic reflections that address the consequences of ruthless capitalism and individualism with regard to values such as democracy, love, and community.

Jan Peter Hammer, The Anarchist Banker, 2010, 30′, Supportico Lopez

Jan Peter Hammer, The Jungle Book, 2013, 14′, Supportico Lopez

Superflex, The Working Life, 2013, 9’50”, Nils Staerk

The screening is followed by a Q&A with Superflex, Jan Peter Hammer and Marc Glöde.

10pm | Short Film program | Harun Farocki

Running time 62′; curated by Marc Glöde

For decades now, Harun Farocki’s work has made an essential contribution to the experimental re-examination of images, in the context of both film and art. In this program, his well-known early works are shown alongside one of his most recent pieces, thus revealing the broad range of his practice, especially in terms of his critical engagement with images, politics, and image politics.

Harun Farocki, Nicht löschbares Feuer / Inextinguishable Fire, 1969, 25′, Galerie Barbara Weiss, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Greene Naftali Gallery

Harun Farocki, Ein neues Produkt / A New Product, 2012, 37, Galerie Barbara Weiss, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Greene Naftali Gallery


Tuesday, June 17, 2014

8pm | João Maria Gusmão and Pedro Paiva | ‘Papagaio’

Running time 43’42”; curated by Vdrome

João Maria Gusmão and Pedro Paiva’s latest work is a 16mm film shot on the archipelago of São Tomé and Príncipe, a former Portuguese colony in the Gulf of Guinea. It depicts an African voodoo ritual, involving trance, alcohol, cigarettes and the spirit of the dead.

João Maria Gusmão and Pedro Paiva, ‘Papagaio’, 2014, 43’42”, Galeria Fortes Vilaça, ZERO…, Sies + Höke

The screening is followed by a Q&A with João Maria Gusmão and Pedro Paiva.

10pm | Short Film program | Thinking about the Aftermaths

Running time 46′; curated by Marc Glöde

The short film program ‘Thinking About the Aftermaths’ brings together artists’ positions that deal in various ways with the catastrophic and, more specifically, the uncanny conditions of Chernobyl, Trinity Site, and Fukushima.

Jane and Louise Wilson, The Toxic Camera, 2012, 21’07”, 303 Gallery

Nina Fischer & Maroan el Sani, I Live in Fear After March 11′, 17’25”, 2014, Galerie Eigen + Art

Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Atomic Park, 2003, 8’14”, 303 Gallery

The screening is followed by a Q&A with Jane and Louise Wilson, Nina Fischer & Maroan el Sani and Marc Glöde.


Wednesday, June 18, 2014

8pm | Short Film program | Dealing with…

Running time 42′; curated by Marc Glöde

The films that comprise the program ‘Dealing with…’ take up a variety of approaches that reveal what it means to deal critically with institutional frameworks, ranging from the parameters of an opera production to the conditions of a museum exhibition.

Maria Anwander, The Kiss (MoMA), 2010, 3’13”, Arratia Beer

Anna Gaskell, & Juliet, 2013, 10′ 59”, Galerie Gisela Capitain

Andrea Geyer, Three Chants Modern, 2013, 25′, Galerie Thomas Zander

Maria Anwander, The Contribution, 2014, 4’29”, Arratia Beer

The screening is followed by a Q&A with Maria Anwander and Marc Glöde.

10pm | Short Film program | Manon de Boer

Running time 49′; curated by Marc Glöde

Manon de Boer’s films are characterized by their minimal-conceptual approach. And yet, their reduced situations always yield poetic investigations that confront the viewer with nothing less than the fundamental filmic questions, such as the relationship between sounds, images, and bodies.

Manon de Boer and George van Dam, Sequenza, 2014, 16′, Jan Mot

Manon de Boer, Dissonant, 2010, 10’40”, Jan Mot

Manon de Boer, one, two, many, 2012, 21’38”, Jan Mot

The screening is followed by a Q&A with Manon de Boer and Marc Glöde.


Thursday, June 19, 2014

8pm | Short Film program | Spatial Explorations

Running time 48′; curated by Marc Glöde

In ‘Spatial Explorations’ we dive into a diverse collection of spatial worlds: from a perfectly-staged collector’s home, to the cities of Detroit and Athens, or the editorial

offices of Ebony Magazine. Here, film becomes an instrument not only for exploring spaces but also for producing them.

Elizabeth Price, At the House of Mr. X, 2007, 20′, MOT International

David Hartt, The Republic, 2014, 16’08”, David Nolan Gallery

David Hartt, Stray Light, 2011, 12’12”, David Nolan Gallery

10pm | Short Film program | Relating to

Running time 52′; curated by Marc Glöde

The film medium is not only a means for taking up an artistic stance toward the world, but also for questioning the conditions of one’s own artistic production. All films in this program explore aspects of this question.

Rashid Johnson, Samuel in Space, 2013, 4’55”, Hauser & Wirth

Sue de Beer, Silver and Gold, 2011, 1’32”, Marianne Boesky Gallery

Sue de Beer, Room 309, 2011, 3’14”, Marianne Boesky Gallery

Ilja Karilampi, The Chief Architect of Gangsta Rap, 2009, 11’11”, Wilkinson Gallery

John Smith, Dad’s Stick, 2012, 5, Tanya Leighton

Sung Hwan Kim in musical collaboration with dogr aka David Michael DiGregorio, Washing Brain and Corn, 2010, 10’22”, Wilkinson Gallery

Chen Ran, Before Falling Asleep Part 2 – Two Pigeons, 2013, 5’55, Galerie Urs Meile Sterling Ruby, Dihedral, 2006, 8’06”, Hauser & Wirth


Friday, June 20, 2014

8pm | Aïda Ruilova | Head and Hands: My Black Angel

Running time 45′; curated by Marc Glöde

With film director Abel Ferrara and author Alissa Bennett playing the main characters, Aïda Ruilova’s new film “Head and Hands (my Black Angel)” begins as a conversation about the life and death of Pier Paolo Pasolini. Gradually, the story develops into an unconventional, fragmented tale of love, deception, desire, drugs and conspiracy.

Aïda Ruilova, Head and Hands: My Black Angel, 2013, 45′, Galerie Guido W. Baudach

The screening is followed by a Q&A with Aïda Ruilova, Alissa Bennett and Marc Glöde.

10pm | Short Film program | Pat O’Neill

Running time 63′; curated by Marc Glöde

For years now, Pat O’Neill has been one of the West Coast’s most outstanding experimental filmmakers. His special focus is a critical reflection on the production of image worlds. The program provides a glimpse into his work, showing both older and newer films.

Pat O’Neill, 7362, 1967, 10′, Cherry and Martin

Pat O’Neill, Runs Good, 1970, 15′, Cherry and Martin

Pat O’Neill, Trouble in the Image, 1996, 38′, Cherry and Martin

The screening is followed by a Q&A with Pat O’Neill and Marc Glöde.


Saturday, June 21, 2014

8pm | Penn & Teller | Tim’s Vermeer

Running time 80′; selected by This Brunner

Tim Jenison, a Texas based inventor, attempts to solve one of the greatest mysteries in art history: How did 17th century Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer manage to paint photo-realistically – 150 years before the invention of photography? The epic research project Jenison embarks on to test his theory is as extraordinary as what he discovers.

10pm | Étienne Chambaud & Vincent Normand | Contre-Histoire de la Séparation

Running time 53’53”; selected by Marc Glöde

Étienne Chambaud’s and Vincent Normand film ‘Contre-Histoire de la Séparation’ is a fascinating artistic investigation into the connections between the development of the guillotine and the modern museum.

Étienne Chambaud & Vincent Normand,

Contre-Histoire de la Séparation, 2010, 53’53”, Bugada & Cargnel



Manfred Mohr, Cubic Limit, 1973-1974, 3’41”, bitforms gallery

David Shrigley, The Letter, 2010, 2’04”, Anton Kern Gallery, Stephen Friedman Gallery, Yvon Lambert

David Shrigley, Ones, 2009, 3’09”, Anton Kern Gallery, Stephen Friedman Gallery, Yvon Lambert

Presented on monitors in the foyer of Stadtkino Basel throughout the week.


Art Basel June 19-22 2014


Premier line-up of galleries at Art Basel’s 45th edition in Basel

Art Basel today announced details of its 45th edition in Basel, Switzerland, taking place June 19 to June 22, 2014. This year, 285 leading international galleries will present works ranging from the Modern period of the early 20th century to the most contemporary artists of today. The Basel show, whose Lead Partner is UBS, will present a geographically diverse selection of galleries from 34 countries. This year Statements, Art Basel’s sector for emerging galleries, will move into Hall 2 alongside the Galleries sector, giving this younger generation a more prominent placement within the show.


With Statements being located in Hall 2 this year, the extension of Hall 1, designed by renowned Basel architects Herzog & de Meuron, will house Unlimited, a redesigned space for the Magazines sector and the auditorium for the Conversations and Salon series.

While galleries from Europe will continue to be strongly represented, the show presents exhibitors and artists from across the globe. This year’s edition will once again see a strong selection of exhibitors with spaces in the Americas and the Asia-Pacific region. The participating galleries have exhibition spaces in: Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, China, Mexico, Monaco, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States. The full gallery list is available from


Galleries, the main sector of the show, will feature 232 galleries presenting the highest quality of painting, sculpture, drawing, installation, photography, video and editioned works. A strong list of returning exhibitors is joined, following a hiatus, by Van de Weghe Fine Art (New York), while a number of galleries will exhibit within the sector for the first time, having previously shown in Statements or Feature. These galleries are: A Gentil Carioca (Rio de Janeiro), Galeria Pedro Cera (Lisbon), Herald St (London), Tanya Leighton (Berlin), Proyectos Monclova (Mexico City), Reena Spaulings Fine Art (New York) and GallerySKE (Bangalore).

The Feature sector presents galleries with precise curatorial projects, showing both historical and contemporary work. This year’s edition will feature 24 galleries from 12 countries, out of which 15 galleries are completely new to the show. Highlights of Feature include a presentation by KOW (Berlin) of Santiago Sierra’s early works from 1990-92, some of which have never been exhibited before, giving particular insight into Sierra’s appropriation of minimalism. Take Ninagawa (Tokyo) will show new works from the ‘Time Memory’ series (2012) by Shinro Ohtake, one of Japan’s most recognised contemporary artists, providing a window into Ohtake’s conceptually rigorous practice. MOT International (London, Brussels) will present a curated selection of materials relating to the seminal Land Art work ‘Whirlpool. (Eye of the Storm)’ (1973) by Dennis Oppenheim. Cherry and Martin (Los Angeles) will show new works by T. Kelly Mason including four wall-mounted light boxes each depicting the studio of different artists. Casas Riegner (Bogota) will juxtapose the works of Colombian artists Beatriz González and Johanna Calle, showing González’s

major installation ‘Auras Anónimas’ (2008-2009) alongside new and unseen works by Calle. Kadel Willborn (Dusseldorf, Karlsruhe) will show a solo presentation of the work of Art & Language, based on their collaboration with the rock band The Red Krayola. Further highlights include new, never seen before paintings by Nicole Eisenman exhibited by Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects (Culver City), Galleria Lorcan O’Neill Roma’s (Rome) presentation of work by Luigi Ontani from the late 1960s to the early 1990s focusing on his early experimental films while Bitforms Gallery (New York) will present Beryl Korot’s landmark multi-channel installation ‘Dachau’ (1974) timed to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the work. A full list of exhibitors in Feature is available from


Solo presentations in the relocated Statements sector offer visitors and collectors the opportunity to discover the work of emerging artists and young galleries. This year, nine of the 14 galleries exhibiting within Statements will be new to the show. Statements will include a presentation by Société (Berlin) of a multi-channel video installation by American artist Trisha Baga, made exclusively for the show. Pilar Corrias (London) will show new work by emerging Swedish artist John Skoog while Bureau (New York) will present a new immersive project by Ellie Ga. Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler (Berlin) will show the installation ‘Pattern of Activation’ (2014) by Estonian artist Katja Novitskova. Two new still-life photographs by Lucas Blalock will be on display at Ramiken Crucible (New York). Labor (Mexico) will present ‘To Kill Pots (Matar Vasijas)’ (2011) by Jorge Satorre, a continuation of the artist’s study of unofficial versions of history. ‘Smooth Pursuits’ (2014), an installation by London-based Danish artist Marie Lund, consisting of two new series of works, will be on display at Laura Bartlett Gallery (London). Christian Falsnaes’s ‘Justified Beliefs’ (2014), presented by PSM (Berlin), is a specially commissioned performative installation in which viewers and performers are linked by headphones through which the performance is enacted in real time. Gallery Side 2 (Tokyo) will show ‘Butterfly wings scattered over the water’ (2014) by Japanese artist Fumito Urabe. ‘Void Paintings’ (2013), a new body of work by the Mexican artist Pablo Rasgado, will be on display at Arratia Beer (Berlin). Kate Werble Gallery (New York) will present a large-scale sculpture by Anna Betbeze while American Contemporary (New York) will show David Brooks’ aquarium installation ‘Lonely Loricariidae’ (2011), an exploration into the collecting and exporting of endangered tropical fish and its impact on the Amazon. Galería Isabel Aninat (Santiago) will be showing ‘Stratigraphy of Memory’ (2012-2013) by Paula de Solminihac, a multi-media installation evoking Chile’s seismic history and the effect on its population. RaebervonStenglin (Zurich) will present a new project by Swiss artists Taiyo Onorato and Nico Krebs, in which two 16mm films will depict the duos’ journey from Zurich to Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia. A full list of exhibitors in Statements is available from

The Baloise Art Prize will be awarded to two artists exhibiting in Statements, with recipients being announced during the show in June. The Baloise Group also acquires works by the award-winning artists, which it donates to two European museums. The institutions will hold solo exhibitions for the recipients of the award.

Unlimited, Art Basel’s unique platform for projects that transcend the limitations of a traditional art-fair stand, will be curated for the third year by curator and critic, Gianni Jetzer, New York, with more than 70 works ranging from large-scale sculptures and paintings to video projections, installations and live performances. Further details will be announced in the coming months.

Florence Derieux, Director of FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, will curate for a second time Parcours, a series of site-specific sculptures, interventions and performances by renowned international artists and emerging talents, presented by Art Basel galleries. Each year, Parcours seeks to engage with a different area of the city of Basel, and this year will take place in Kleinbasel. Parcours is open to the public and visitor admission is free of charge. Further details will be announced in the coming months.


For the past ten years, the extensive Conversations and Salon program of talks and panel discussions has been accompanying the gallery presentations in Basel. This year, the program will include a panel moderated by Hans Ulrich Obrist focused on the Artist as Choreographer. The Conversations series, supported by Absolut, and the Salon program offer audiences access to first-hand information on the international art world. The talks will be housed in a newly designed auditorium within the new extension to Hall 1. Videos of past talks and discussions can be found at Further details on this year’s Conversations and Salon program will be released in the coming months


Screened at Stadtkino Basel, Art Basel’s Film program will feature around 30 films by and about artists. The program is selected by Berlin-based curator Marc Glöde, and This Brunner, Swiss cinema legend, once again will choose the program’s feature film. Further details on this year’s Film program will be released in the coming months



Design Miami/ Basel

Design Miami/ Basel, the global forum for collectible design, runs June 17-18, 11am-8pm, and June 19-22, 11am-7pm, with a preview day on Monday, June 16 (by invitation). The fair resumes in Hall 1 Süd on the Messeplatz. The 9th edition presents more than 50 participating galleries exhibiting historic and contemporary design alongside a robust cultural program of commissions, talks and satellite shows. For more details, please visit

Museum Shows 

During Art Basel, the city’s museums will once again offer Art Basel’s visitors a series of significant exhibitions. Fondation Beyeler will present a major overview of Gerhard Richter, the largest exhibition ever devoted to the artist in Switzerland. The Schaulager will show selected works by American artist Paul Chan, while the Kunstmuseum Basel will exhibit works by legendary American artist Charles Ray, in cooperation with the Art Institute of Chicago. Kunstmuseum Basel will show ‘Kazimir Malevich – The World as Objectlessness’. ‘Le Corbeau et le Renard: Revolt of language with Marcel Broodthaers’ will be on display at the Museum für Gegenwartskunst. Museum Tinguely will present ‘I AM NOT YOU’ a show of new work by Czech artist Krištof Kintera while Vitra Design Museum will show ‘Konstantin Grcic – Panorama’.