June 11th, 2013

ART BASEL, DAY 1, June 11

Jorge Pardo lamp installation, at Neugerreimschneidger, Art Basel

Leon Golub, painting, at Anthony Reynolds, Art Basel

Despite the proliferation of fairs around the globe, Art Basel in Switzerland remains the best and brightest. The top galleries in the field are all present with their highest quality artworks. The audience is the most sophisticated and discerning. The surrounding venues are world-class with the Kunstmuseum, the Beyeler Foundation and over two dozen other museums in Basel and the Kunsthaus in Zurich one hour away.

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June 10th, 2013

BASEL, THE PREVIEWS BEGIN, June 10

Beyeler Foundation, Basel, Switzerland

The first stop in my three day conquest of Basel began this morning at the esteemed Beyeler Foundation. Designed by Renzo Piano, it is one of the most sublime museums in the world. The combination of the perfectly attuned architecture and landscaping combined with the extraordinary collection and impeccably curated exhibitions makes every visit a memorable one. The featured exhibition is a rich selection of paintings drawn from the lifetime work of Max Ernst along with an installation by contemporary artist, Maurizio Cattalan. Equally as breathtaking is work from the permanent collection and a truly stunning selection of sculpture by Alexander Calder.

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June 9th, 2013

VENICE – ZURICH, June 9

Dorothy and her new friend, Venice

You can imagine how much I hated to leave Venice since I met this fantastic guy…well, okay, so he was my most fabulous water taxi driver. It was too bad he couldn’t fit in the luggage! But duty calls, so it’s off to Zurich.

ZURICH GALLERIES

The Zurich galleries now host an Art Weekend as a run-up to the opening of the Basel Art Fair. Arriving by noon, I was able to catch a number of the exhibitions. The Lowenbrau neighborhood, centered at 270 Limatstrasse, is the concentrated area for a number of galleries, the Kunsthalle Zurich and the Migros Museum.

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June 8th, 2013

VENICE, Collateral Exhibitions, June 8

Robert Morris at the Prada Foundation, Venice

In addition to the Giardini, Arsenale and the National pavilions, collateral exhibitions are featured in palazzos, museums and alternative spaces all over Venice. I spent the day seeing as many as possible.

Walter De Maria at the Prada Foundation, Venice

The Prada Foundation is presenting one of the most important exhibitions of the Biennale. Titled “When Attitude Becomes Form, Bern 1969/Venice 2013”, the Foundation has recreated the exhibition curated in 1969 by Harald Szeeman at the Kunsthalle Bern. The original exhibition was ground breaking in its’ day and has become mythic over time. Its’ reconstruction offers significant opportunity to rethink the dialogue and concepts that surrounded the original show. The extraordinary rigor is well retained in this reincarnation.

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