rt Basel is an international design forum, which brings together some of the most influential collectors, art dealers, designers, curators and critics. Throughout the years, Art Basel has become one one of the top platforms for artists and designers around the world. It now runs three annual shows: Basel in Switzerland, Miami Beach in Florida, U.S.A and Hong Kong. At the moment, Art Basel will be in Basel, Switzerland, from the 16th to the 21th June 2015. This year you will definitely be astonished: art meets design in an exciting burst of creative energy.
Our journey begins by browsing through the many stands, which display works of art. Here, collectors and those in-the-know go hunting for the “next big name” and works of art are shown in a whirlwind of fresh new ideas and emotions. What's more, you are bound to come across Hall 5, a huge gallery space exclusively devoted to design. This year's main theme is the concept of the “long-term project”, told through rich details, intellectual references and sophisticated installations.
There are also iconic bungalows by Jean Prouvé; they literally come alive underneath our very own eyes. You will also find a section by the temporary school of Villejuif, designed and built in 1956 by Jean Prouvé and displayed like a timeless piece. Very close by, you will come across the world famous Galleria Rossana Orlandi, with its sensory playground designed by Nacho Carbonell and an extraordinary collection, designed by Piet Hein Eek. And there are also tapestries by Formafantasma, depicting Italian colonies in Eritrea, Ethiopia and Libya, which take the form of strong ideological flags. As always, Art Basel is a triumph of unique pieces, which inspire us to reflect, think about the future and take a nostalgic look at the past.
During Art Basel, the host city becomes a voice for international art and design, bringing together ideas from the past and the present. Squares and streets are animated with lively anecdotes and interesting stories; famous artists leave their mark with extraordinary installations. There are also many exhibitions and events held in partnership with the great names of international design, one above all: Vitra. This year, Vitra introduces its collection Prouvé RAW. Art Basel runs only for a few days, however with a rich calendar jam packed of events; art embraces us and sometimes even overwhelms us. Don't let this event slip away!
Where: Messe Basel Messeplatz 10, 4058 Basel, Switzerland
When: 16 June – 21 June 2015