Art Basel Cities: Buenos Aires
Art Basel Cities Week in Buenos Aires
Under the artistic direction of Cecilia Alemani, Art Basel Cities Week took place from September 6–12, 2018 and featured ‘Hopscotch (Rayuela)’, an inventive, multi-venue exhibition alongside a robust suite of exhibitions, discussions, and events hosted by our Talks and Cultural Partners.
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‘Hopscotch (Rayuela)’ | 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 dialog 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 coexistence.
Drawing on the city’s rich cultural heritage and the excitement and energy of its art scene, Alemani selected a roster of Argentine and international artists for ‘Hopscotch (Rayuela)’
Participating artists included Eduardo Basualdo, Pia Camil, Maurizio Cattelan, Gabriel Chaile, Alex Da Corte, Santiago de Paoli, Narcisa Hirsch, David Horvitz, Leandro Katz, Barbara Kruger, Luciana Lamothe, Ad Minoliti, Eduardo Navarro, Alexandra Pirici, Mika Rottenberg, Mariela Scafati, Vivian Suter, and Stan VanDerBeek.
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Staged across three neighborhoods in the Argentine capital, ‘Hopscotch’ traversed the city with site-specific sculptures, experiential installations, and live performances by artists
Works realized for Art Basel Cities Week permeated the urban fabric, offering new experiences and platforms for encounters set against the unique background of the city.