designboom's complete guide to art Basel 2022

designboom’s complete guide to art Basel 2022

not to be missed at art Basel 2022

From June 16 to 19, art aficionados from around the world will gather in Basel, Switzerland for the 2022 edition of Art Basel. Marking a return to its traditional June dates, Switzerland art exhibition will bring together 289 leading galleries, 19 of which will exhibit for the first time, from 40 different countries. This year’s event promises its most “ever” lineup of artists and a diverse showcase of work across all types of media.

“We look forward to bringing Art Basel’s first exhibition in June since 2019, especially with such a range of galleries, including the return of many who were forced by the pandemic to take a break last year” , says Marc Spiegler, Global Director of Art Basel. “The quality and breadth of this year’s material will be comparable to previous editions of our fair – but more diverse than ever in terms of participating galleries.”

Held at the Messe Basel fairgrounds, designed by Swiss architects Duke & de Meuron, Art Basel’s extensive program is anchored in its main Galleries sector. Meanwhile, special sectors of the 2022 event include Unlimited, Parcours, Film and Conversations. The city’s Messeplatz will also be activated with a site-specific installation by the late artist Lawrence Weiner.

Lawrence Weiner, Out of sight (2021) © Laurent Weiner


Giovanni Carmine returns as curator of Unlimited, Art Basel’s platform for large-scale projects. Inside Hall 1 of Messe Basel, Unlimited presents expansive installations, monumental sculptures, expansive murals, extensive photographic series and video projections that transcend the traditional art fair booth. New for 2022 is Unlimited Night, where visitors will have the chance to explore the works on display during extended opening hours on Thursday, June 16.

“Unlimited 2022 is decidedly intense, no less a reflection on the contradictory era we live in,” Giovanni Carmine said. “A powerful expression of this is the polymorphic choir of artistic voices in this exhibition, singing in protest against isolation, loneliness and indifference. The songs are getting louder and louder and more noticeable.

Highlights of this year’s “decidedly intense” Unlimited include Yael Bartana’s video work “Malka Germania” (2021), Stano Filko’s immersive installation “Environment S.FILKLINIC.DEATHS.F” ( 2006), a Theaster Gates wall installation ‘Hardware Store Painting’ (2020/2022), and Anna Maria Maiolino’s debut presentation ‘Twice: X & Y’. There will also be Thomas J Price’s sculptural installation ‘ Moments Contained’ (2022), a large-scale painting from Mary Lovelace O’Neal’s iconic 1970s ‘Lampblack’ series, a set of 21 individually signed drawings by Gerhard Richter, ‘Untitled (Drawings for SDI)’ (1986 ), a 45-panel wood-panel installation by Barthélémy Toguo titled ‘Bilongue’ (2020), a large-scale suspended sculpture specially created by Kennedy Yanko for Unlimited, and ‘AZ Personal Uniforms, 2nd Decade: Fall/Winter 2003–Spring/ Summer 2013’ (2003-2013), consisting of 76 sets designed and handcrafted in by the artist from 2003 to 2013.

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Barthelemy Toguo, Bilong (2020) Courtesy Galerie Lelong & Co.


Parcours is Art Basel’s sector for site-specific installations and performances across the city and this year it returns under the theme “How to grow in times of change”. Organized by Samuel Leuenberger, Parcours 2022 considers the challenges of our time.

“The art projects draw on a variety of media and methods to reflect on what it means to respond to the central challenges of our time and envision new behaviors and ways of relating to each other”, explains Leuenberger. ‘Some of the artists take on the role of investigator to expose hidden truths; others act as guides, mediators and provocateurs in their efforts to engage a wider audience.

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Matthew Lutz-Kinoy, River (2022) Courtesy of the artist and Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo, Brussels and New York

Highlights of the 20 works include Anna Hulačová’s new sculptural installation ‘Edible, Beautiful, Untamed’ (2022), Alicja Kwade’s bronze sculptures in ‘WORLD SEAT’ (2022), new paintings and the site-specific installation by Matthew Lutz-Kinoy, a new sculptural installation and performance by Puppies Puppies (Jade Guarano Kuriki-Olivo), presented outdoors in Freie Strasse and Tomás Saraceno’s cloud sculpture ‘Silent Autumn (AB Aur b/M+M)’ (2021) displayed outside in the garden of Haus zum Raben.

Art Basel will once again host Parcours Night, an evening of extended opening hours and live performances throughout the city center on Saturday, June 18, allowing visitors to enjoy the Parcours facilities after hours.

art Basel 2022: the designboom guide to the Swiss art event
Puppies Puppies (Olive Curry Jade) Courtesy of Balice Hertling, Francesca Pia and Barbara Weiss


As a tribute to Lawrence Weiner, who died in December 2021, Messeplatz in Basel will be transformed with an interactive floor installation created by the American artist. Titled “Out of Sight,” the site-specific artwork is modeled on a hopscotch grid and uses Weiner’s signature typographic texts to engage visitors in positive thinking. Described as a “metaphorical framework” of self-discovery and empowerment, the work invites people to connect with themselves and visualize what could be.

Weiner said of the artwork, ‘A person who arrives with whatever situation he finds himself in, as soon as he has thoughts about himself going FROM HERE TO THERE, he will be able to stand in front of the hopscotch (French for hopscotch) and realize that they must first imagine doing it themselves, that is, taking a stand.

art Basel 2022: the designboom guide to the Swiss art event
Lawrence Weiner, Out of Sight (2021) © Lawrence Weiner

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