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The Muenster Cathedral, LISTE, and “Sculpture on the Move”: Patricia Low’s Basel

By Whitewaller

June 15, 2016

It’s Art Basel week! That means fairs, gallery shows, museum exhibitions, and plenty of events–all taking place in Basel. We are here to guide you through the must-see and be-seen-at spots around town. All week-long we’ll bring you “Insider Tips” from those in-the-know on what to see, do, eat, and drink. Next up, gallerist Patricia Low.

“Since my first visit to Art Basel over 20 years ago, the slow motion movie sequence never changes: a large black gate opens, the car drives along a curvy little road. The moon lights the tall trees, and the shadow of a house reveals itself in an outline against a glorious garden. It’s a Magritte tableau, inhabited by beautiful women, peacocks, and small dogs that greet you, is a place of hidden beauty where one rises to the sound of a rooster. There, breakfast is served facing a pond and a rose garden. Hidden in the forest, a gate reveals a clearing where deer look at you from a distance in an enchanted moment. This place exists—and is my secret Basel.”

“Luckily, the weather is usually nice during the week of Art Basel. Walking along both sides of the Rhine is a pleasant outdoor activity, with lots of people soaking up the sunshine, grilling, or chatting on a terrace. One can take the small wooden reaction [EJ1] ferries that glide from a cable across the river. Muenster is the most convenient of all four landings with the beautiful Muenster Cathedral right on the water. With its Roman and Gothic architecture and manicured cloisters, a visit there is a must. On the eastern landing, the Rheinweg promenade is very lively.”

“Eat sausage with mustard in the outdoor plaza and drink champagne at least once a day! Basel being a chic affair, most women wear their best and strut down the aisles in their Louboutins, and saunter up and down the awful metallic stairs at LISTE, clutching their heavy Hermes bags. That’s why the sausage and champagne breaks are mandatory—they keep you going!”

“The Fondation Beyeler is probably one of the most beautiful museums in the world. Built by Renzo Piano, with my friend Sam Keller at its helm, the grounds are gorgeous, the permanent collections and exhibitions are stellar, and when one must rest, it’s on a sofa by Franz West. This year, the much- awaited expansion of the Kunstmuseum finally opens its doors, and the new building, Gegenwart, is presenting the inaugural exhibition “Sculpture on the Move,” showcasing sculptures in dialogue from WWII to today.”

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