CULTURAL PARTNERS // 2017
VOLTA Guests of Honor will enjoy complimentary access to these institutions during the fair week. As well, Members and Staff of these Cultural Partners are welcomed at VOLTA with VIP access and privileges.
Paul Sacher-Anlage 2, 4058 Basel, Switzerland
Current Exhibition: Wim Delvoye
June 14, 2017 – January 1, 2018
Opening Hours (during Art Basel week): Monday – Sunday, 9 am – 7 pm
Museum Tinguely is pleased to host in 2017 Switzerland’s first major retrospective of Belgian artist Wim Delvoye. Since the late 1980s, Delvoye has been known for works that rest on intelligently witty admixtures of the profane with the sublime, where tradition clashes with utopia, and craftsmanship with high-tech. Probably his best known works are his Cloacas, which mechanically reconstruct the physiological processes that take place inside the human body between ingestion and excretion and so visualise one of the basic constants of our existence. The artist’s more recent replicas of construction machinery and trucks using Gothic-style ornaments attest to his delight in aesthetic experimentation and monumental works based on professional constructions and built out of laser-cut steel plates. The exhibition in Basel, which was created in collaboration with MUDAM Luxembourg, will run from 14 June 2017 to 1 January 2018 and will showcase the whole gamut of Delvoye’s work from his early days to the present.
LA KUNSTHALLE MULHOUSE
16 rue de la Fonderie, 68093 Mulhouse Cedex, France
Current Exhibition: A World Not Ours
June 1 – August 27, 2017
Opening Hours: Wednesday – Friday, 12 noon – 6 pm, Saturday, Sunday, 2 – 6 pm
La Kunsthalle Mulhouse is pleased to present A World Not Ours, a group exhibition focusing on the current refugee crisis and issues of forced displacement related to the war in Syria as well as other conflict zones. The exhibition, which began last summer at the Schwarz Foundation’s Art Space Pythagorion, on the island of Samos, Greece, aims to counteract the standardised, simplified and one-dimensional portrayal of the refugee crisis, often reduced to images of rickety boats and the perilous sea crossings from Turkey and Libya. Instead, it looks into the before and after of these dramatic moments. While the first chapter of the exhibition focused on the experience of flight, the precariousness of the journey and the clandestine economy that fuels the plight of the refugees, this iteration at La Kunsthalle Mulhouse will extend its focus to what happens once refugees have reached the ‘promised land’. The exhibition also looks into how European citizens experience the migration crisis, and explores problems of the representation of suffering, the ‘ownership’ of refugee images and who has the right to represent them. The exhibition includes a group of artists, photographers, filmmakers and activists who mostly come from the Middle East or South-Eastern Europe, from countries that have experienced war, exodus and perilousness first hand. They have a proximal and intimate relation to trauma and communal experiences of suffering. Deploying diverse practices such as installation, photography, film, video and direct action, the work of the participating artists provides deeper insight into the plight of the refugees and points to the complex roots of the situation, while contextualising it within the larger global picture.
A special reception during Art Basel will take place on Friday, June 16 at 7 pm.
Shuttle from Basel to Mulhouse: Departure at 6.15 pm – Corner Iseinerstrasse – Bleichestrasse. Return to Basel at 9 pm. La Kunsthalle Mulhouse is free and open to the public.
VITRA DESIGN MUSEUM
Charles-Eames-Strasse 2, 79576 Weil am Rhein, Germany
Current Exhibition: Together! The New Architecture of the Collective
June 3 – September 10, 2017
Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday, 10 am – 6 pm
The scarcity and expense of housing is continually on the rise. In recent years, new forms of communal living and building have emerged all over the world in response to this challenge. The exhibition presents the most innovative examples, illustrates new living typologies and forms of participation, and introduces architects of the movement, including ON Design Partners, pool Architekten, Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter as well as ifau – institute for applied urbanism, Jesko Fezer and Heide & von Beckerath. Together! The New Architecture of the Collective also draws attention to precursors of the present trend, from utopian settlements of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, to social housing projects in the 1920s, to protest movements from the 1960s to the 1980s, when the inhabitants of many major cities sought alternatives to housing shortages and real estate speculation. The exhibition features a secret revolution in contemporary architecture, examining the social and economic ideals that serve as its foundation.