June 5, 2014 - Art Basel - Fifth edition of Parcours
June 5, 2014

Fifth edition of Parcours

Michael Craig-Martin, Hammer (blue), 2013. Installation view, Parcours Night 2013, Art Basel in Basel. © MCH Messe Schweiz (Basel) AG.

Parcours
June 18–22, 2014

Various locations around the Rheingasse in Kleinbasel
Basel
Switzerland

Hours:
Wednesday, June 18, 10am–midnight
Thursday to Saturday, June 19 to 21, 11am–10pm
Sunday, June 22, 11am–7pm
Free public access

www.artbasel.com

Parcours: An array of site-specific artworks installed in Kleinbasel
For its fifth edition, Parcours featuring a total of 15 site-specific art works by internationally recognized artists: Francesco Arena, Darren Bader, Gottfried Bechtold, Pierre Bismuth, Jean-Luc Blanc, Chris Burden, Ryan Gander, Mario García Torres, Mark Handforth, Iman Issa, João Penalva, Seth Price, Eva Rothschild, Guido van der Werve, and Zeng Fanzhi. Art Basel’s Parcours sector looks to engage with Basel’s past and present by weaving artistic interventions into the fabric of the specific location each edition inhabits. This year’s edition will be sited in various locations around the Rheingasse in Kleinbasel, a five-minute walk from Messeplatz. Curated for the second time by Florence Derieux, Director of FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, Parcours is open to the public and visitor admission is free of charge.

The sector will open to the public with Parcours Night on Wednesday, June 18, and will include special one-off performances by Guido van der Werve and Mario García Torres, in addition to late-night openings of all Parcours sights. Artist, composer, filmmaker and triathlete Guido van der Werve‘s 45-minute requiem, “home, a requiem” (2011–2012), presented by Luhring Augustine and Marc Foxx Gallery, will be performed by a 20-string orchestra and 28-strong choir at Clara Kirche at 10pm. The performance is presented with the support of the Mondriaan Fund, Amsterdam, and will be performed by the Orchestra of Europe, Switzerland. The requiem was created to accompany the artist’s latest film work, Nummer veertien, home (2012), which will be shown in the Unlimited sector at Art Basel. Jan Mot and Proyectos Monclova will jointly show The Schlieren Plot by Mario García Torres. The work is a lyrical essay film that re-imagines the works artist Robert Smithson planned, but left unfinished, in Texas between 1967 and 1973. Through a montage of moving images, sound, music and a voice-over, the film claims that Texas’s climate, history and subjectivities actually realize the works and makes them exist, possibly as testimonies of a deliberate forward thinking by Smithson. The work will be screened at Kino Cinema from 8:30 to 11:30pm, with an introduction by Mario García Torres and Florence Derieux.

Parcours Night takes place on Wednesday, June 18, from 8pm to midnight. All performances on the evening are free of charge; food and drinks are available on-site.

The full list of Parcours projects is available at artbasel.com/basel/parcours.

About Art Basel
Art Basel stages the world’s premier art shows for modern and contemporary works, sited in Basel, Miami Beach, and Hong Kong. Defined by its host city and region, each show is unique, which is reflected in its participating galleries, artworks presented, and the content of parallel programming produced in collaboration with local institutions for each edition. In addition to ambitious stands featuring leading galleries from around the world, each show’s singular exhibition sectors spotlight the latest developments in the visual arts, offering visitors new ideas, new inspiration and new contacts in the art world.

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