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Art Basel takes place this week. Overwhelmed by all that’s going on? Don’t worry, we’ve got you. Here is your to-do list—only 12 items long—of what to see and do in and around the fair.
1. ART BASEL PARCOURS
Taking place in Basel’s historic city center, Art Basel Parcours presents sculptures, and performances in public spaces, and this year. Says curator Samuel Leuenberger, “the weight of the human body will be felt all around, both in terms of the works’ sculptural presence, as well as degree of audience interaction.”
2. THE KUNSTMUSEUM BASEL’S NEW BUILDING
Basel can rejoice in being, once again, the host of Marc Chagall’s Self Portrait (1914) and Picasso’s Buveuse d’Absinthe (1910). The Kunstmuseum opened an entirely new building designed by local architects Christ & Gantenbein on April 17.
3. BERLIN BIENNALE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART
While in Europe this month, don’t miss the ninth edition of the Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art. Across a variety of locations, the Berlin Biennale is curated by New York-based collective DIS, composed of Lauren Boyle, Solomon Chase, Marco Roso, and David Toro.
4. “CALDER & FISCHLI/WEISS” AT FONDATION BEYELER
A must every year during Art Basel is a visit to the Fondation Beyeler. On view now is “Calder & Fischli/Weiss.” A seemingly curious pairing, the show offers a unique perspective on Alexander Calder’s art when juxtaposed with the collaborative work of Swiss artists Peter Fischli and David Weiss.
5. ART BASEL UNLIMITED
This year, Unlimited will include an unprecedented 88 projects from participating galleries. Curated by the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden’s curator-at- large, Gianni Jetzer, Unlimited is a platform for art beyond Basel’s booths.
6. ALEXANDER GIRARD AT VITRA DESIGN MUSEUM
“Alexander Girard: A Designer’s Universe” is worth the trip outside of Basel. Girard was a revolutionary master at balancing colorful opulence with careful coordination. The numerous works on view draw on the museum’s holdings from Girard’s private estate—many of which have never been shown before.
7. KAWS AT MORE GALLERY IN GISWIL
This summer in Giswil, Switzerland, More Gallery will present two large-scale works by KAWS: Together and Good Intentions. After recent exhibitions of painting and sculpture at Yorkshire Sculpture Park and the Brooklyn Museum, the show will include KAWS’ first new wood sculpture on such a scale in three years.
8. KATHARINA GROSSE AT MUSEUM FRIEDER BURDA
In celebration of Katharina Grosse, the Museum Frieder Burda is hosting an exhibition of the artist’s work in Baden-Baden. Grosse’s works’ varying lines, shading, and spray paint use allows them to unfold in different ways, with blurred and unfocused pieces leaving a strong, indirect effect on the viewer.
9. ANNE IMHOF’S “ANGST” AT KUNSTHALLE BASEL
The German-based artist Anne Imhof is presenting “Angst” at the Kunsthalle—a new multi-performance piece, constituting the first act of an opera. The performance will reach a pinnacle with all of its 11 characters appearing together throughout the night.
10. KREËMART & YOUSSEF NABIL
KREËMART will organize the happening “Arabian Happy Ending” for the duration of Art Basel in collaboration with artist Youssef Nabil. The event explores political and social tensions in the Middle East through the sensation of sugar, depicted in a series of lustful scenes from Egyptian cinema.
11. ART BASEL PREVIEW DAYS
Be among the first to discover the 286 gallery presentations at Art Basel’s 47th edition. The fair’s preview will take place Tuesday, June 14 and Wednesday, June 15 by invitation only. Alongside a strong representation of galleries from Europe, exhibitors and artists will be shown from across the globe.
12. UNAIDS GALA
Cartier and Hotel InterContinental Geneva are partnering once more for this year’s UNAIDS gala—an initiative that raises funds for HIV prevention and treatment worldwide. This year’s event will be hosted by the Royal Highness Princess Eugenie of York, Nelson Mandela’s grandsons, Kwebu and Ndaba Mandela, and will host the United Nation’s seventh secretary general, Kofi Annan, as its special guest.