The prestigious fair of contemporary art is 40 years old. The anniversary was marked modestly. After the triumphant secular Venice, Swiss Basel was a quiet home holiday. For their own.
Only the most persistent art lovers flew from Venice to Basel. Therefore, the anniversary Art Basel was less stellar than usual, although it could not have done without celebrities: but Naomi Campbell and Vladislav Doronin walked at the fair, Karl Lagerfeld was attracted by stands with large photo works, American billionaire and philanthropist Eli Broad with his wife helped to decide on the purchase of Brad Piht. which, in the end, for a million dollars acquired a large bright canvas by Neo Rauch on the theme of “Formula 1”. At the accompanying Art Basel Design Miami / Basel Fair, the actor was already shopping on his own. He liked the blood-fur lounger at the Atelier van Lieshout booth. “He said that for his home in Santa Barbara,” the gallery staff commented with a smile.
Daria Zhukova and Roman Abramovich also did not ignore designer furniture: they bought leather chairs in the style of the 50th Danish designer Paul Kierholm and appreciated the irony of the Auduence installation – an imitation of a podium with a dozen mini-mirrors that turned in the direction of the passing one, and then began to spin, as if discussing the visitor. Design Miami / Basel seems to have sold almost everything to sit on or lie on. And at quite reasonable prices – designer lamps were sold for 5-6 thousand euros. Whereas on the main site the red circles, meaning “the picture is sold,” had to be searched. “People no longer buy art to make money on it. They want to live with him ”- the most popular conclusion gallery owners. We bought a little
Art Basel looked like a logical continuation of the art forum in Venice, which became an additional advertisement for work: they looked there, bought it. So, designers Michael Elmgreen and Jnger Dragset, curators of the current Venetian pavilions of Denmark and the Netherlands, presented in Basel a conceptual project – personalized confessional, hinting that gallery owners and artists have something to repent of. The work of Pavel Pepperstein from the Venetian series “Victory over the Future” was in demand. XL Gallery exhibited the “fresh” foam work of Sergei Shekhovtsov (in Venice his motorcyclist, the premiere of the 2008 fair, adorns the Russian pavilion).