Art Basel 2024 Plus Satellite Art Fair Guide – Artlyst

Art Basel 2024

Art Basel has unveiled their highlights for its 2024 edition (13-16 June), promising an expanded, city-wide program that includes Parcours, the Merian, Film, Conversations, and the Messeplatz project. This year’s fair is set to captivate art lovers with its dynamic blend of site-specific installations, large-scale artworks, thought-provoking discussions, and a diverse array of media.

Stefanie Hessler, Director of the Swiss Institute in New York, will curate Parcours for the first time. This segment will feature over 20 site-specific public art installations along Clarastrasse, creating a vibrant artistic corridor connecting the fairgrounds to the Rhine. Expect innovative and engaging works that interact with the urban landscape in unprecedented ways.

On the Messeplatz, conceptual artist Agnes Denes will present a significant work curated by Samuel Leuenberger, Founder of SALTS. This promises to be a transformative installation that challenges perceptions and redefines the relationship between art and the environment.

Under the curatorial eye of Giovanni Carmine, Director of Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen, Unlimited will showcase 70 large-scale installations. This segment highlights distinguished and emerging artists, offering visitors an immersive experience of monumental art.

Kabinett, Art Basel
Kabinett Art Basel Photo Courtesy Art Basel 2024

Kabinett, Art Basel’s sector for thematic presentations within galleries’ main booths, returns with 22 meticulously curated projects by 23 galleries. This intimate setting allows for deeper engagement with contemporary art themes and narratives.

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Conversations will bring together over 25 thought leaders across 11 panels. Curated for the first time by Kimberly Bradley, this series will delve into the pressing issues shaping contemporary culture, offering fresh perspectives and stimulating dialogue.

Marking its 25th edition, the Film program, curated by Filipa Ramos, will present a week of extraordinary cinema. The lineup includes artist surveys, feature films, and a unique program tailored for young audiences, making art accessible and engaging for all ages.

Art Basel 2024, supported by Global Lead Partner UBS, will take place at Messe Basel from 13 June to 16, with Preview Days on June 11 and 12. This year, 285 leading galleries will showcase the finest works across all media, including painting, sculpture, photography, and digital art. The fair welcomes 22 first-time participants, enriching an already robust lineup of European and international exhibitors.

The 2024 edition promises spectacular presentations in its Galleries, Features, Statements, and Edition sectors. In the Unlimited sector, around 70 large-scale installations and performances will push the boundaries of artistic expression.

Maike Cruse, Director of Art Basel in Basel, expressed her excitement about this year’s expanded program: “This year’s city-wide program is a testament to Basel’s cultural pulse. The Messeplatz project, featuring Agnes Denes’ transformative installation, redefines the dialogue between the environment, land art, and the value of things. Our Parcours sector transforms Clarastrasse into an exhibition exploring circulation and transformation. The Merian will showcase Petrit Halilaj’s installation on the façade, extending Art Basel’s activation into the evening and night. Join us to celebrate community and the limitless possibilities of artistic expression along the Rhine.”

Art Basel 2024 promises to be an unmissable event, celebrating the vibrancy and diversity of the contemporary art scene. Take your chance to experience this extraordinary convergence of art, culture, and innovation in the heart of Basel.


Unlimited is Art Basel’s unique sector for large-scale projects. It allows exhibitors to present monumental installations, colossal sculptures, boundless wall paintings, comprehensive photo series, and expansive video projections.  Giovanni Carmine, Director of Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen, will curate Unlimited for the fourth time.

Highlights from Unlimited include A site-specific installation by Swedish artist Anna Uddenberg, titled Premium Economy (2023-2024), presented by Kraupa-Tuscany Zeidler and Meredith Rosen Gallery.

A reenactment of American artist Faith Ringgold’s first multimedia performance, titled The Wake and Resurrection of the Bicentennial Negro (1976), presented by Goodman Gallery in collaboration with ACA Galleries Untitled (2022), an installation by American artist Henry Taylor, presented by Hauser & Wirth Greek Italian artist Jannis Kounellis’ installation Senza titolo (vele) (1993), presented by Kewenig

An installation of a significant section from American artist Keith Haring’s mural Untitled (FDR NY) #5-22 (1984), presented by Gladstone Gallery and Martos Gallery. A new video installation titled DOKU The Flow (2024) by Chinese artist Lu Yang, presented by Société Chess (2012), a seminal installation by American artist Lutz Bacher, presented by Galerie Buchholz ARCHITEKTURTRAUM (2001) by Swiss artist Miriam Cahn, offered by Meyer Riegger and Galerie Jocelyn Wolff.

A complete set of Robert Frank’s The Americans (1954-1957) presented by Pace Gallery and Thomas Zander Art Basel’s Unlimited Night will return on Thursday, 13 June, allowing visitors to experience the sector alongside special performances during extended opening hours. For the first time, Unlimited visitors can vote for their favourite artwork for the entire duration of Art Basel. The Unlimited People’s Pick will be announced towards the end of the show week. Further details about the prize will follow. For the complete list of artists and galleries presenting in Unlimited, please visit

Art Basel 2024
Parcours Art Basel 2024


Curated for the first time by Stefanie Hessler, Director of the Swiss Institute (SI) in New York, Art Basel’s public art sector will unfold along Clarastrasse up to the Middle Bridge, connecting the fairgrounds with the Rhine. Hessler’s concept for Parcours is a curated exhibition that meanders through empty stores and operational shops, a hotel, a restaurant, a brewery, and other quotidian spaces on Basel’s Clarastrasse. Through ambitious projects, many site-specific and newly produced, the sector explores transformation and circulation in trade, globalisation, and ecology. Hessler takes over Parcours from Samuel Leuenberger, who successfully managed and expanded the industry over the past eight years.

Highlights from Parcours include An architectural structure lined with paintings that house produce on sale at the Tropical Zone store by London-based artist Alvaro Barrington, presented by Sadie Coles HQ, Thaddaeus Ropac, and Massimodecarlo.

An installation combining traditional Chinese shadow play and digital animation by Swedish artist Lap-See Lam, unfolding in a food court and presented by Galerie Nordenhake, a portable garden by Austrian artist Lois Weinberger, transposing nature into an urban context to attract insects and birds, presented by Galerie Krinzinger. A performance by London-based artist Mandy El-Sayegh interrogating the circulation of information and goods inside a partially vacant shopping mall, presented by Thaddaeus Ropac and Lehmann Maupin

A series of pirate flags by Rirkrit Tiravanija, lining the Middle Bridge crossing the Rhine, presented by Neugerriemschneider

Peruvian artist Ximena Garrido-Lecca’s Conversion systems contraposing ancestral techniques and artisanal materials with industrial applications in petrol extraction, installed inside a brewery, presented by Galerie Gisela Capitain

Newly, Parcours Night will be hosted on Wednesday, 12 June, from 8 to 11 pm, offering a festive night filled with live performances and other acts along Clarastrasse and at the Merian. All Parcours locations will have extended opening hours to give visitors a unique experience. For the complete list of artists and galleries featured and further information, visit

The Merian

The Merian, situated right at the Middle Bridge along the Rhine in Kleinbasel and across Basel’s Old Town, features a hotel bar, restaurant, and terrace that will host a continuous, around-the-clock program. The façade of the former Hotel Merian will be taken over by When The Sun Goes Away We Paint The Sky, an artwork by Petrit Halilaj symbolising guidance and commemorating the 30th anniversary of the partnership between UBS and Art Basel. Evenings will be curated and animated by various members of the global and local arts community including Jenny Schlenzka, Director of Gropius Bau Berlin; Aindrea Emelife, Curator Modern and Contemporary at the Museum of West African Art in Benin City, Nigeria; Pati Hertling, Director of Performance Space New York; Stefanie Hessler, Director of Swiss Institute New York; Benedikt Wyss, Curator of SALTS and Finally Saturday in Basel; and others.

Film Art Basel
Film Art Basel


For its 25th edition, the Film program will present a week of extraordinary artists’ cinema projects. The film is curated by Filipa Ramos, founding curator of the online video platform Vdrome and lecturer at the Arts Institute of the FHNW in Basel, in collaboration with Marian Masone, a New York-based independent curator. This year’s program will address topics such as ecology, intimacy, history, and politics in a series of short film programs, surveys, and feature films.

The program starts on Wednesday, 12 June, with ‘The Political Life of Plants’, a series of short films by Nefeli Chrysa Avgeris, Zheng Bo, Ulla von Brandenburg, Kyriaki Goni, and Tiffany Sia. Inspired by the title of two films by Bo, the program looks at how the vegetal world has been a significant figure in recent artists’ cinema. On Saturday, 15 June, ‘Bats and Rockets’ will celebrate artists’ films for young audiences from age four onwards. This year’s film program will then conclude with Taking Venice (2023), a documentary about Robert Rauschenberg’s participation in the 1964 Venice Biennale by Amei Wallach.

For further information, please visit


Art Basel’s flagship talks program returns for its 20th anniversary edition with an exciting lineup, curated by Berlin-based art critic Kimberly Bradley for the first time. Bringing together more than 25 thought leaders, the 2024 edition features 11 focused panels, all relating to the pressing issue of how to build and shape contemporary culture’s future. The discussions will explore the art trade’s challenges and opportunities in a super-election year, the potential for increased interdisciplinarity in museums, how artists relate to politics in a global crisis, and how digital technologies are recasting art’s social and economic ecosystems. Conversations are free and accessible to all.

Highlights from this year’s Conversations series include:

Launching the program with a special celebration of 20 years of Conversations, Hans Ulrich Obrist will speculate on worldbuilding and revisit the notion of utopia with pioneering digital artists Rebecca Allen, Danielle Braithwaite Shirley, and architect Carlo Ratti.

Ahead of her Hyundai Commission at Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall, artist Mire Lee reflects on her practice – which references the art-historical lineage of kinetic sculpture – in the Premiere Artist Talk.

Ben Davis, Artnet News’ Editor-at-Large, will discuss how technology blurs the lines between art communities and valuation with artist Cecile B. Evans.

Legal experts Katalin Andreides and Till Vere-Hodge, along with UBS’s Paul Donovan, will debate how potential political and legal reorientations in an election year could change how art is bought, sold, and distributed in a talk moderated by Georgina Adam.

The talks will conclude on a light note, with Basel-based artist Sophie Jung and curator/critic Francesco Bonami discussing the multiple roles humour and satire play in contemporary art.

During the show’s final weekend, a curated series of videos of Conversations’ most notable debates, spanning nearly two decades, will be on view in the Conversations auditorium.

Conversations will occur from 13 June to 16 at the Auditorium in Hall 1. The series is free to attend. For further information, visit


For the second year, Kabinett, the sector dedicated to curated and thematic presentations featured in a separate section within galleries’ main booths,  will present 22 projects by 23 galleries.

Highlights from Kabinett include: Air de Paris presents works by American artist Sarah Pucci and her daughter Dorothy Iannone. The presentation aims to illuminate Pucci’s mesmerising objects by contextualising them within her loving relationship with her daughter.

Croy Nielsen’s presentation of paintings by German Japanese artist Ernst Yohji Jaeger addresses intimacy and emotion with a moody palette and mysterious subject matter.

Experimenter’s presentation of Indian artist Kanishka Raja’s Switzerland for Movie Stars (2014), which plots a speculative Google map journey from Srinagar to Geneva through a panoramic panel painting and an accompanying brochure Catriona Jeffries’ presentation of paintings by Canadian painter Elizabeth McIntosh, which respond to the ever-shifting workflows of contemporary industrialisation.

Sies + Höke’s presentation of works by German artist Gerhard Richter includes mirror pieces of various tints and dimensions and Richter’s quintessential stainless-steel spheres.

Art Basel in Basel Culture Briefing

13 – 16 June 2024

Preview Days: 11 – 12 June 2024

Art Basel and UBS celebrate 30 years of partnership with Petrit Halilaj’s co-commissioned artwork ‘When the sun goes away we paint the sky’ installed on the façade of the former Hotel Merian, Basel.’

13 – 16 June 2024, Preview Days: 11 – 12 June 2024

Some Stands to look out for

Booth K15 – Lehmann Maupin

Lehmann Maupin will return to Art Basel with a presentation that celebrates its artists’ global institutional programming, from Italy to Scotland to the United States, including artists Teresita Fernández, Kim Yun Shin, Do Ho Suh, and Nari Ward, who each have significant exhibitions on view in museums and biennials around the world. Liza Lou will be featured in the Unlimited section with her landmark installation Security Fence (2005), crafted entirely from glass beads on steel and razor wire. This will coincide with a solo takeover of Lehmann Maupin’s New York gallery in September and the permanent installation of Lou’s Trailer (1998—2000) at the Brooklyn Museum in October. Additionally, Mandy El-Sayegh will debut a new latex installation for the fair’s Parcours initiative and stage several performances.

Booth C11 – Hauser & Wirth

Hauser & Wirth will return to Art Basel this year with a booth reflective of the exceptional and varied artistic voices that have come to define its cross-generational programme. In addition to unveiling new works by Avery Singer, Rashid Johnson, Nicolas Party, Frank Bowling, and Flora Yukhnovich, the presentation will showcase contemporary works by Mark Bradford, Isa Genzken, Amy Sherald, Zhang Enli, Anj Smith, and Anna Maria Maiolino, who is a recipient of the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the Venice Biennale this year. Works by historical masters include Hans Arp, Philip Guston, Maria Lassnig, Alina Szapocznikow, Jack Whitten, Fausto Melotti, Ed Clark, and Lee Lozano.

Booth B19 – Sprüth Magers

Sprüth Magers will showcase a varied presentation of innovative and influential contemporary voices. Works by pioneering artists John Baldessari, George Condo, Barbara Kruger, Louise Lawler, and Rosemarie Trockel will be on show, alongside Bernd and Hilla Becher’s iconic photography and Jenny Holzer’s compelling sculpture. These are set in conversation with acclaimed positions of another generation, including Thea Djordjadze, Anne Imhof, and Kaari Upson.

Booth E14 – Tina Keng Gallery

Tina Keng Gallery will be the first Taiwanese gallery to participate in the Galleries sector of Art Basel in Basel. The meticulously curated presentation will span Chinese modern and contemporary art, from early 20th-century modernist pioneer Yun Gee to contemporary master Su Xiaobai, whilst also paying tribute to East Asian aesthetics encapsulated by the work of Cambodian artist Sopheap Pich.

Booth R16 – STPI

STPI will present an exciting roster of artists featuring Angela Bulloch, Lee Bul, Carsten Höller, Prabhavathi Meppayil, and Han Sai Por, reflecting the rich dynamism of STPI’s residency programme. Highlights include newly released works by Angela Bulloch created during her fruitful residency at the STPI Creative Workshop in 2024, where she explored new forms of expression in her practice through the medium of print and paper, as well as the debut of Singapore’s Cultural Medallion Award recipient, Han Sai Por, along with Lee Bul’s groundbreaking Untitled – SI and Untitled – CC screenprint works, shown for the first time in Basel.

Booth P2 – Sean Kelly

Sean Kelly will present a compelling selection of artists who delve into the interplay between performance and the use of the human form in their work, offering a unique perspective on how the body can be used as a medium of artistic expression: Marina Abramović, Donna Huanca, Rebecca Horn, Antony Gormley, Jose Dávila, Janaina Tschäpe, David Claerbout, Awol Erizku, Callum Innes, Idris Khan, Shahzia Sikander, Brian Rochefort, Ilse D’Hollander, Julian Charrière, Joseph Kosuth, Natasza Niedziółka, Wu Chi-Tsung, Laurent Grasso, Michaël Borremans, and Gerhard Richter.

The UBS Art Studio will present three new sculptures, Fallen Suns, 2024 by Swiss artist Vanessa Billy, created at the Basel art foundry Kunstbetrieb AG Münchenstein. The UBS Art Studio will be transformed into a working studio, offering a window into the bronze casting and finishing process, featuring models, tools and materials used to bring the sculptures to life. The exhibition will celebrate the technical skills of both Vanessa Billy and the Foundry, where the works were created. Other UBS Art Collection artists who have used the Foundry to do their work include John Armleder, Ugo Rondinone, Sylvie Fleury, Pamela Rosenkranz, and Danh Vo.

Lounge Highlights

UBS Art Collection presents textile art exhibition Threads – UBS Lounge

The UBS Art Collection will present Threads in the UBS Lounge, a group show of 20 textile works from leading artists of our time. Central to the exhibition is Facts and Figures, a new site-specific installation by Bosnian artist Maja Bajević, commissioned by the UBS Art Collection. Works by notable artists from the UBS Art Collection will also be featured in this presentation, including Joana Vasconcelos, Shinique Smith, Sheila Hicks, Myrlande Constant, Hank Thomas Williams, Ebony G. Patterson, Jordan Nassar, Kapwani Kiwanga, and Ibrahim Mahama. Writer, critic, and curator Enuma Okoro will speak with Maja Bajević and Shinique Smith at an accompanying public panel in the Auditorium in Hall 1 on Thursday, 13 June, at 11 am.

Campari ‘The Art of Mixology’ – Davide Campari Lounge

For the fair’s duration, Galleria Campari and Magnum Photos will present a new exhibition, ‘Bar Stories on Camera,’ curated by renowned photographer Martin Parr in The Davide Campari Lounge. From 5 pm – 7 pm every day, Campari will host ‘The Art of Mixology’, where the best-known international bartenders will showcase craft cocktails inspired by the work on display. Campari returns to Art Basel for the 2nd year, offering a creative and experiential space to discover the culture and ritual of the authentic Milanese aperitivo through Campari creations.


Booth U69 – Gagosian

Gagosian will work with the estate of Christo (1935 – 2020) and Jeanne Claude (1935 – 2009) to present their Wrapped 1961 Volkswagen Beetle Saloon in the Unlimited sector. With their monumental sculptures produced and installed in public sites worldwide, Christo and Jeanne-Claude have expanded the possibilities of artistic scale and dramatically—but temporarily—transformed familiar landscapes. In February 1963, Christo and Jeanne-Claude first wrapped a Volkswagen Beetle in the courtyard of Günter Uecker’s studio, which was later dismantled after a short period. Then, they recreated it with a mint-coloured 1961 Volkswagen Beetle in 2014.

Buchmann Galerie will present Vertical Highways, a monumental sculpture by Iranian-German artist Bettina Pousttchi. Pousttchi is one of Germany’s leading contemporary figures whose work transcends borders,

including prestigious solo exhibitions at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Phillips Collection, the Nasher Sculpture Center, and the Arts Club of Chicago. In 2023, a monumental sculpture from her Vertical Highways series was permanently installed in front of Berlin Central Station.

Joint presentation with Thaddeus Ropac Booth U57

Liza Lou’s landmark work Security Fence (2005) explores notions of security and fragility. The installation, crafted from glass beads mounted on steel and razor wire, is a to-scale reconstruction of a prison’s barbed chain link fence. The elaborate handmade process behind this work introduces an element of tactility in the context of prisons, primarily spaces of isolation, imbuing a sense of care and dignity to an otherwise dehumanising industrial structure. Later this year, Lou will debut a new body of work in New York, spanning Lehmann Maupin’s Chelsea location and, in October, the Brooklyn Museum will debut the permanent installation of Lou’s Trailer (1998—2000), which the institution recently acquired.

Booth U59 – Wu Tien-Chang

Wu Tien-Chang, one of the pioneers in Taiwanese contemporary art, will present his iconic piece Farewell, Spring and Autumn Pavilions (2015). Previously on view at the Taiwan Pavilion for the 2015 Venice Biennale, Wu’s large-scale video installation concatenates into one theatrical spectacle, varying elements of Taiwanese history, black comedy, and decorations commonly seen in Taiwanese folk ceremonies, with optical illusions, special effects, and props.

Booth U22 – David Claerbout

David Claerbout’s film Birdcage features an explosion that shatters the tranquillity of a picturesque garden, conveying a sense of emergency in what could be a serene setting. The silent blast is captured with a long, muted shot, putting the viewer in a conflicted position as to whether they should appreciate this scene of destruction visually. With Birdcage, Claerbout explores how memory completes our visual perception, exposing that the human subject is, in essence, time.

Booth U67 | U37 | U51 – Hauser & Wirth

Hauser & Wirth will present three artist presentations as part of Unlimited: Jenny Holzer’s installation of 17 granite benches, Survival (1989) will be presented in tandem with her solo show Jenny Holzer: Light Line at the Guggenheim Museum, New York, where the work initially debuted in the artist’s 1989 retrospective. As well as being featured in the booth, Henry Taylor’s monumental mixed-media work Untitled (2022) pays homage to the Black Panther Party and his brother, Randy, a former member of the organisation. The work was previously exhibited in Taylor’s travelling solo show Henry Taylor: B Side at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York and MOCA, Los Angeles. Zoe Leonard’s 40-part photographic work ‘Prologue’ (2017/2022) will also be a highlight.


UBS | ‘Longing for Simplicity’ by Edith Deyerling

UBS will present Longing for Simplicity, a new site-specific installation by Edith Deyerling, at the UBS Claraplatz branch. The latest series of paintings will be divided into two temporal parts, ‘Day’ and ‘Night’, and UV paints will be incorporated to transform viewers’ experience of the works when encountered in the dark.

Lehmann Maupin | ‘Body Promise’ by Mandy El-Sayegh

Mandy El-Sayegh will debut a new installation and performance titled Body Promise. Located in the partially vacant Clarastrasse shopping mall, this work will interrogate the circulation of information and goods. This thematic focus resonates with the curatorial direction of this year’s Parcours. The former commercial space will be transformed into an immersive environment through layered printed material on the walls and floors and several large-scale paintings, video, and sound. The installation will speak to the cacophony of messages in urban centres, questioning systems of information and language function and investigating how identity and meaning are constructed.

Satellites Around Basel

Volta Basel
Volta Basel


Powering the discovery of emerging artists in the contemporary market. Connect with new stories from across the globe and grow your collection with VOLTA Basel. Since 2005, VOLTA Basel has been a powerhouse, supporting new, ambitious galleries to enter one of the international art market capitals. The fair’s 19th edition returns to the intimate setting of Klybeck 610 and is the inaugural edition under Artistic Director Lee Cavaliere. In 2024, experience the most global event to date, featuring over 45 galleries from 24 countries. LOCATION | Klybeck 610, Gärtnerstrasse 2, Basel 4057

During Art Basel week, several secondary fairs are organised in Basel and the region. The Liste, Volta, and Photo Basel are now permanent fixtures alongside the leading fair.

The Liste Art Fair Basel was launched in 1996 as an international fair for discovering contemporary art. Here, younger galleries offer a platform to outstanding newcomers. In 2021, Liste presented two new online formats: the digital arts fair Liste Showtime and the digital research forum Liste Expedition.

Photo Basel, well-known for new galleries from Switzerland and abroad, exhibits photographic art. It is the only international art fair in Switzerland dedicated entirely to photography-based art.

Design Miami/ Basel: Coinciding with the art exhibitions, one of Europe’s most influential design fairs draws the global design scene to Basel. The forum Design Miami/ Basel brings furniture, light, and art objects to life—with sensational results.

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of their partnership, UBS and Art Basel will co-present a special public commission by Petrit Halilaj installed on the façade of the former Hotel Merian. Both visible during the day and illuminated at night, the installation, When the sun goes away, we paint the sky, represents hope for a better collective future. Opening to coincide with the fair, the installation will be on view throughout the summer.

Fondation Beyeler 19 May – 11 August 2024

For the first time in its history, Fondation Beyeler and its surrounding park have been transformed into the site of an experimental exhibition of contemporary art, a living, breathing shows that will continue to evolve and change throughout its run, featuring works by artists, poets, architects, designers, musicians, composers, philosophers and scientists, alongside pieces from the museum collection. Organised in partnership with LUMA Foundation, the group exhibition is curated by Sam Keller, Mouna Mekouar, Isabela Mora, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Philippe Parreno, Precious Okoyomon and Tino Sehgal in close collaboration with the participants.

1 June – 13 July 2024

Hauser & Wirth inaugurates its new space in Basel at Luftgässlein 4 with the exhibition Vilhelm Hammershøi. Silence. Curated by art historian Felix Krämer, a leading expert on Hammershøi, it is the first solo exhibition of the celebrated 19th- and 20th-century Danish artist in Switzerland, bringing together 16 works from private collections, some of which have rarely been exhibited. The presentation will be accompanied by a catalogue by Hauser & Wirth Publishers, featuring essays from the curator Felix Krämer and art historian and writer Florian Illies (author of ‘Love in a Time of Hate’ and ‘1913: The Year Before the Storm).

Kunstmuseum Basel | ‘When We See Us’

A Century of Black Figuration in Painting 25 May – 27 October 2024

This comprehensive group show explores 100 years of Black figurative art from Africa and the African diaspora. It has toured Europe since its debut at Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Town. The title is inspired by the Netflix miniseries When They See Us, which looks at how Black youth are often wrongfully perceived as criminals and thus as a threat. Replacing “they” with “we” indicates a crucial perspectival shift: this show focuses on the artists’ lived realities as the subject of their art.

Around Zurich

Hauser & Wirth Zurich, Limmatstrasse | ‘Singularities’ by Philip Guston

7 June – 7 September 2024

Opening during Zurich Art Weekend 2024, an exhibition of late figurative Philip Guston paintings dated between 1968 and 1979 will be on view at the gallery’s second-floor Limmatstrasse space. Curated in collaboration with Musa Mayer, the artist’s daughter and President of The Guston Foundation, the exhibition explores the liberated motifs and instinctual forms that emerged in Guston’s late works, as they continued to evolve until he died in 1980. Well-known paintings will be featured alongside works that were never exhibited before. This exhibition in Zurich follows the major retrospective ‘Philip Guston’ at the Tate Modern, which closed in February 2024.


7 June – 7 September 2024

Nairy Baghramian’s solo exhibition at Hauser & Wirth in Zurich concludes the artist’s series of Modèle vivant shows, which began at the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas, TX, in 2022. This presentation contains eight new sculptures titled ‘Modèle vivant (Se plant)’, referencing the tradition of drawing, painting or sculpting from a live model. Baghramian uses geometric shapes and organic forms made from cast aluminium and held or supported by armatures, hooks and rods to allude to human bodies and question the politics of representation.

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