Unlimited: Presenting artworks that transcend the traditional art fair stand
- 75 large-scale projects by renowned and emerging artists, including: Larry Bell, Huma Bhabha, Andrea Bowers, Jonathas de Andrade, VALIE EXPORT, Alicia Framis, Abdulnasser Gharem, Kiluanji Kia Henda, KapwaniKiwanga, Daniel Knorr, Jannis Kounellis, Lawrence Lek, Zoe Leonard, Sarah Lucas, Kerry James Marshall, Rivane Neuenschwander, HélioOiticica, Jacolby Satterwhite, Joan Semmel, Do Ho Suh, Fiona Tan, Franz West, and Pae White
- Curated for the eighth and final year by Gianni Jetzer, Curator-at-Large at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington D.C.
- Art Basel, whose Lead Partner is UBS, takes place at Messe Basel from June 13 to June 16, 2019.
Unlimited, Art Basel's unique platform for large-scale projects, provides galleries with the opportunity to showcase towering installations, monumental sculptures, vast wall paintings, extensive photographic series, video projections,and performance art that transcend the traditional art fair stand.
Several presentations from this year's exhibition address and comment on political upheavals and sociopolitical tensions, lending them a lasting presence. ‘Bataille’ (2017) by Rivane Neuenschwander is a partial freestanding interactive installation that explores the power of words taken from protest banners and placards in France. For ‘RYTHM MASTR Daily Strip’ (2018), Kerry James Marshall created comics featuring African-American superheroes. Alicia Framis' ‘LifeDress’ (2018) consists of a clothing line made of airbag materials designed to protect women from harassment. Andrea Bowers' installation ‘Open Secret’ (2018) documents the development of #MeToo and Time’s Up, international movements against sexual harassment and assault, which spread virally following the sexual misconduct allegations against Harvey Weinstein in 2017.
The sector also once again brings in younger voices from diverse regions. Canadian artist KapwaniKiwanga, whose family has Tanzanian origins, and Angolan-born Kiluanji Kia Henda both explore Africa’s colonial history in their presentations. Indonesian artist Fiona Tan presents 'Elsewhere' (2018), a new filmic meditation on urban dystopia, while Korean artist Do Ho Suh invites visitors to life-size textile version of his former home with 'Hub, 260-7 Sungbook-Dong, Sungbook-Ku, Seoul, Korea' (2017). Two artists incorporate Virtual Reality into their works:German artist Lawrence Lek's newly recast 'Nøtel' (2016-2019), an installation built around fictional luxury hotels, is accessible via VR headsets and game controllers, and African-American artist Jacolby Satterwhite, who was featured in Statements last year as an emerging artist, continues the evolution of his singular aesthetic built in VR.
Among the many historical works present, Austrian artist VALIE EXPORT’s 1983 video 'Syntagma' explores female identity in relation to body image, while HélioOiticica, the seminal artist of Brazilian Tropicalismo, returns to Basel with the installation 'PenetrávelFiltro' (1972). Octogenarian American painter Joan Semmel will bring to Basel her newest and largest canvas, which explores the body as landscape.