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Art Basel Cities Week - Buenos Aires

Art Market | Confirmed during the summer of 2016, the partnership between the Swiss fair and the Argentinian capital “Art Basel Cities : Buenos Aires” enters a new phase with the implementation of the first “Cities Week”, which includes a series of events, exhibitions, conferences and workshops. Through this series of initiatives “labeled Art Basel”, the MCH Group intends to turn the first satellite-city into a vast field of exploration and experimentation, an influential force on the regional and international scenes.

Barbara Kruger, Untitled (No puedes vivir sin nosotros / You Can’t Live Without Us), lors de “Hopscotch (Rayuela),” pour Art Basel Cities: Buenos Aires, 2018 © Courtesy of the artist and Art Basel
Barbara Kruger, Untitled (No puedes vivir sin nosotros / You Can’t Live Without Us), lors de “Hopscotch (Rayuela),” pour Art Basel Cities: Buenos Aires, 2018
© Courtesy of the artist and Art Basel

Cecilia Alemani, curator of the Italian Pavillion during the 57th Venice Biennial, was appointed artistic director of Art Basel Cities : Buenos Aires’s first phase. The organization relied on a collaboration with leading actors of the Argentinian artistic scene : León de la Barra, curator of the Guggenheim and the Mexican Pavillion at the 57th Venice Biennial; Orly Benzacar director of the Ruth Benzacar gallery; Ximena Caminos director and curator of Faena Art; collector Eduardo Costantini who’s the founder and president of Malba - Fundación Costantini; Alec Oxenford, president of the Buenos Aires fair arteBA… the city’s council has also been involved in the organization, working with the Swiss fair’s board of directors.

After inaugurating Art Basel Cities House, pillar of the project launched in November 2017, the Swiss fair finally launched the Art Basel Cities Week in late 2018 : a series of events involving 22 cultural institutions. Among them, the BAphoto, active since 2005, runs in parallel with unprecedented projects. arteBA Fundación and Meridiano - the Argentinian Chamber of contemporary art galleries created in 2016 - launched the Gallery Weekend Buenos Aires (GWBA) inspired in European models. This initiative gathers around forty galleries from the neighborhoods of Recoleta, Retiro, Palermo, Villa Crespo, Chacarita, La Boca and San Telmo from 7 to 9 September.

Another outstanding event is the Hopscotch (Rayuela) exhibition, whose name recalls the title of one of Julio Cortazar’s novels that reads in a non linear order. Gathered under the direction of Cecilia Alemani, 18 artists (mostly Argentinians) work on several spaces creating a bond between visual arts and urban spaces, it is the case of https://www.artbasel.com/cities/catalog/Eduardo-Basualdo Eduardo Basualdo], Luciana Lamothe mais également Barbara Kruger, David Horvitz et Maurizio Cattelan.

It is worth noticing that Art Basel Cities : Buenos Aires is conceived as a long term collaboration with an international dimension. For instance, the Art Basel Cities Exchange will create international residencies addressed to Argentinians involved in the art scene, and the digital platform Project Bureau will bring together international and local actors for the realization of a large-scale project in Buenos Aires.

Vincent Kozsilovics
Publié le 06/01/2019
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Barbara Kruger, Untitled (No puedes vivir sin nosotros / You Can’t Live Without Us), lors de “Hopscotch (Rayuela),” pour Art Basel Cities: Buenos Aires, 2018 © Courtesy of the artist and Art Basel

Barbara Kruger, Untitled (No puedes vivir sin nosotros / You Can’t Live Without Us), lors de “Hopscotch (Rayuela),” pour Art Basel Cities: Buenos Aires, 2018
© Courtesy of the artist and Art Basel

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