Art Basel 2017

July 8, 2017


Art Basel, the largest and most highly acclaimed international art exhibition worldwide, was founded in 1970 by Basel gallerists Ernst Beyeler, Trudi Bruckner and Balz Hilt, and today holds three shows annually in Basel, Switzerland, Miami Beach, Florida, and Hong Kong, China. The show brings together over 290 of the world’s leading galleries showing the works of over 4,000 artists, ranging from the masters of Modern art to the rising stars on the contemporary art scene.

Speak Louder (2011), an installation by Nick Cave on display at Art Basel Unlimited 2017.

The Unlimited sector at Art Basel was introduced in the year 2000 and houses the artist’s large-scale installations and sculptures, an event unique to Basel, Switzerland. This year’s edition of Unlimited was curated by Gianni Jetzer, the curator-at-large at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington D.C. Among the myriad installations on view at Unlimited, LSS Art Advisory particularly enjoyed Nick Cave’s incredible mixed-media installation entitled Speak Louder (2011) presented by Jack Shainman Gallery, Otto Piene’s Blue Star Linz (1980) presented by Spruth Magers, and Donna Huana’s performance BLISS (REALITY CHECK) presented by Peres Projects.

Other Highlights:

Otto Piene at Unlimited 2017.

The anchor of the art show is this sector, which showcases individually curated booths by participating galleries. At this year’s exhibition we loved Bruno & Yoyo (2015), a colorful wax sculpture by Urs Fischer featured by Gagosian Gallery. The sculptures depicts influential Swiss art dealer and collector Bruno Bischofberger seated with his wife Yoyo.  Also worth highlighting are Lucio Fontana’s slashed-canvas paintings entitled Concetto spaziale, La fine di Dio (Spatial Concepts, The End of God) displayed at the booth of Tornabuoni Art, as well as Liam Everett’s Untitled (And we laugh, we laugh, with a will, in the beginning) (2017) featured by galerie kamel mennour.

Additional Features:

Donna Huanca’s performance entitled BLISS (REALITY CHECK).

Liste Art Fair is a satellite fair that takes place during Art Basel and is dedicated to young and emerging artists and galleries. The 2017 Liste Art fair featured 79 galleries, here are two of our favorite works: John Russell’s monumental painting featured by Bridget Donahue Gallery and Louise Sartor’s portraits of women on unusual material surfaces featured by Galerie Crevecoeur.

Bruno & Yoyo (2015), a wax sculpture by artist Urs Fischer presented by Gagosian Gallery at Art Basel 2017.

Fondation Beyeler’s 2017 summer exhibition features works by Wolfgang Tillmans, on view through October 1, 2017. The solo-exhibition is the first comprehensive show focused on a photographer, and features over 200 of his works spanning the last 30 years.  The Renzo Piano designed museum is a stunning setting for this unforgettable show.

Other Museums in Basel:

Concetto spaziale, La fine di Dio (Spatial Concepts, The End of God) by Lucio Fontana at Art Basel.


Untitled (And we laugh, we laugh, with a will, in the beginning (2017) by Liam Everett featured by galerie kamel mennour.


John Russell at Liste Art Fair featured by Bridget Donahue Gallery.


Paper Drop (green) II by Wolfgang Tillmans is on view at the Renzo Piano designed by Foundation Beyeler in Basel, Switzerland.