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Art Basel #2: Parcours Through the City, Interview with LISTE Director Peter Bläuer
by ArtSlant Team



Parcours: Taking Art Basel to the Streets

Federico Florian introduces the latest edition of Parcours, Art Basel's site-specific sector that takes the city as its backdrop.

The Dreiländereck (literally, “angle of the three countries”) rises up on the northern end of the Kleinhuningen Port in Basel. It’s a metal pillar, resembling a silver screwed missile, oriented towards the sky and signaling the exact point where three nations—Switzerland, France, Germany—meet together. Basel is a city wedged into the core of Europe; it’s a border town, stuck in the offshoots of Swiss mountains and split in two by an ample bight of the Rhine. It’s a place whose metropolitan identity has been molded by trade—of goods, ideas, and knowledge. It is not unusual then that the most prestigious contemporary art fair in the whole world, every June, is held just here.

Parcours is the French term for “route” or “path.” As the name of one of the Art Basel’s sectors, it suggests an itinerary through the city—a way punctuated by public works of art and performances presented by international galleries. At its fourth edition, this year Parcours occupies various locations around the Rheingasse, in the Kleinbasel neighborhood. This area coincides with the right bank of the Rhine; here is situated the fluvial port and the city's industrial heart, as well as the Messeplatz building of the fair. Renowned is the rivalry between the two banks of the river, Grossbasel (or Great Basel) and Kleinbasel (or Small Basel). As proof, at the Grossbasel end of the oldest bridge in town (the Mittlere Brücke) the stone bust of a king’s head—the Lällekönig—sticks his mechanized tongue out at the opposite bank. On the rebound, during the carnival, the main Kleinbasel mask—the Vogel Gryff, a weird griffin with a golden collar—dances on the same bridge turning its back scornfully to the left side of the river.”

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A Young Fair with a Lot of Experience: An Interview with LISTE Director Peter Bläuer

LISTE was founded in 1996 as a new, self-confident generation of gallerists came of age at the end of the 1980s, gallerists who had little chance of securing a space at the world’s most important art fair, Art Basel. The first LISTE, dedicated exclusively to this new generation, presented thirty-six galleries from twelve countries and as a result of its success has continued growing ever since to include seventy-eight galleries today. Peter Bläuer, the Director of LISTE, took some time out of his busy schedule preparing the fair to answer Olga Stefan's questions.

Olga Stefan: LISTE has been around since 1996 and is considered one of the most important fairs in the world. Please tell us how and why it was started, by whom, and how it developed over time.

Peter Bläuer: LISTE - The Young Art Fair in Basel is proud to look back on nineteen years of great success. What began in 1996 on the initiative of young exhibitors (Eva Presenhuber and Peter Kilchmann among others) has developed into one of the world's most important fairs for new galleries and emerging art. David Zwirner from New York, Massimo de Carlo of Milan, Maureen Paley of London, neugerriemschneider of Berlin, Emi Fontana of Milan, and Andréhn Chiptjenko of Stockholm belong to those pioneer galleries who were there at the beginning—all of whom can be counted among the most well-established in the art market today.

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Taiyo Onorato & Nico Krebs, Fundament, 2013, Silver Gelatine Print, 50 x 63 cm, mounted, framed, Edition of 5; Courtesy RaebervonStenglin, Zürich; At Art Basel, Statements

Haegue Yang, Installation view at Art Basel in Basel 2014 | Unlimited, Courtesy of Haegue Yang, Kukje Gallery, Tina Kim Gallery; Photo: MCH Messe Schweiz (Basel) AG

Katja Novitskova, Pattern of Activation, 2014, Digital print on aluminum, cutout display; polyurethane, steel; aluminum, stainless steel cutout 250 x 200 x 35 cm, trampoline 40 x 200 x 200 cm, arrow 106 x 220 x 25 cm, unique; Courtesy Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler, Berlin; At Art Basel, Statements

Claudia Comte, Big Bob, his square friend and their diamond totem, 2013; Photographer: Yves André; Courtesy of the artist and BolteLang, Zurich; At LISTE

Ulf Puder, Ryder's House, 2014, Oil on canvas, 50 x 50 cm; Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Jochen Hempel, Leipzig/Berlin; At VOLTA 10



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Posted by ArtSlant Team on 6/23/14

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