Art Basel Cities: Buenos AiresThe Week

September 6 – 12, 2018

Art Basel Cities Week 2018 featuring ‘Hopscotch (Rayuela)’, curated by Cecilia Alemani

Curatorial Statement

‘Hopscotch (Rayuela)’ is a journey through Buenos Aires as seen through the eyes of 18 international and Argentine artists. This public exhibition borrows its name and concept from the experimental 1963 novel by Argentine writer Julio Cortázar and from the timeless children’s street game popular in many cultures. Like the nonlinear sequence of the book and game, the exhibition hopscotches through the city, offering numerous possible paths through three neighborhoods. The selected artists have realized artworks in close dialogue with their venues, shaping a multilayered experience that connects visual art, urban spaces, and the city’s histories in unexpected ways. From site-specific sculptures and experiential installations to live performances and participatory actions, ‘Hopscotch (Rayuela)’ proposes new types of civic and social engagement, weaving individuals and collectivities into innovative modes of co-existence.  Cecilia Alemani


Cecilia Alemani

Artistic Director of Art Basel Cities: Buenos Aires and Art Basel Cities Week 2018; curator of ‘Hopscotch (Rayuela)’

Cecilia Alemani is the Donald R. Mullen, Jr. Director & Chief Curator of High Line Art, the public art program presented by the non-profit organization Friends of the High Line in New York City. She was the curator of the Italian Pavilion at the 2017 Venice Biennale. Since 2012, she has commissioned and curated public art projects on the High Line by over two hundred artists. 



Participating Artists & Exhibition Catalog

Drawing on the city’s rich cultural heritage and the excitement and energy of its art scene, Alemani has selected a roster of Argentine and international artists for ‘Hopscotch (Rayuela)’

Participating artists include Eduardo Basualdo, Pia Camil, Maurizio Cattelan, Gabriel Chaile, Alex Da Corte, Santiago de Paoli, David Horvitz, Leandro Katz, Barbara Kruger, Luciana Lamothe, Ad Minoliti, Eduardo Navarro, Mika Rottenberg, Mariela Scafati, Vivian Suter, and Stan VanDerBeek.