For the Art Basel Cities Week in Buenos Aires from September 6-12, Artistic Director Cecilia Alemani has curated ‘Hopscotch’, a multilayered program that connects the visual arts, urban spaces and the city’s history in unexpected ways. Works realized for the Art Basel Cities Week will infiltrate the fabric of the city, creating new experiences to function as platforms for different encounters with art against the unique background of the city.
Staged across three neighborhoods in the Argentine capital, ‘Hopscotch’ will traverse the city, with site-specific sculptures, experiential installations, and live performances by artists such as Eduardo Basualdo, whose progression of sculptural encounters will be installed along the Rio de la Plata. The title ‘Hopscotch’ borrows its name from the eponymous experimental novel by Argentine writer Julio Cortázar. ‘As with the book and the game, my art program hopscotches through the city, shaping possible journeys, and different paths through urban space, creating unexpected connections between sites and artworks,’ says Alemani.
One of the highlights of the program is an intervention by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan. An experiment in social sculpture, the project, titled ‘Eternity,’ will create a temporary pop-up cemetery in the neighborhood of Palermo for the living, realized in collaboration with hundreds of artists in Buenos Aires. Through an open call, artists and amateurs are invited to design grave- and tombstones for friends and enemies, real individuals or imaginary characters, lovers and haters that are still alive.
Other participating artists will include Pia Camil, 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.
Alongside ‘Hopscotch’, the Art Basel Cities Week will present a Cultural Partner Program of exhibitions, performances and special events at the city's leading museums, foundations, associations and nonprofit organizations, selected by Alemani. The week will be completed by an extensive talks program focusing on Buenos Aires’ active art scene, including in situ conversations with the artists participating in the program. Art Basel Cities is supported by UBS as Global Lead Partner.
To read the interview with Artistic director Cecilia Alemani on the highlights of her citywide exhibition, click here.
For further information about the Art Basel Cities: Buenos Aires initiative, click here.