A B C @ Art Basel 2019

We thought we’d let our clients and network know exactly what we got up to at this years Art Basel in Basel, Switzerland. Read on for our summary of our VIP attendance at the world’s leading contemporary art fair.

9th June

What better way to kick of proceedings than with a performance and exhibition at Wilde Gallery by artist Marina Abramovic. Exhibiting some new works and showing us exactly why she is one of the world’s leading female contemporary artists…

After the exhibition a few handpicked guests including us were invited to dine with the lady herself at a dinner hosted by Marina at the beautiful riverside restaurant Le Rhin Bleu, St Alban – Rheinweg. The weather wasn’t great but Marina made up for it with a speech that had the audience applauding her every word as she thanked her team and those closest to her for their support. It was the perfect way to begin the week and a great meal washed down with plenty of good wine and conversations.

10th June

On Monday morning we began the day with the Artists brunch at Art Basel, this was our opportunity to meet some of the artists, gallerists, art consultants and collectors.

11th June

First Choice VIP preview… This is the most coveted invitation to have and of course we were granted access to the 11am slot. We checked out our friends at the Fondation Beyeler booth created by curator Rafael Bouvier and my favourite part of the fair Unlimited. This year was the last year the Unlimited section would be curated by Gianni Jetzner so we were excited to see what he had come up with for his finale! He didn’t disappoint…

In the evening we were invited to the BMW cocktail at Voltahalle a brand and art collaboration executed with flair by artists Dan Roosegaard. The Champagne flowed and the interactive installation was a huge hit with those in attendance.

At midnight we decided to go to the Perrotin Gallery party held in a Church. DJ’s a packed house or church and an unwavering free bar ensured that we all danced the night away to some classic 90’s house! Oh the nostalgia – we headed home in the small hours just before the sun came up.

June 12th
Man of the moment Virgil Abloh was part of an artist talk at the Vitra Design Museum to celebrate his collaboration with the design house. We headed off to the talk at Vitra which is a short car ride across the boarder to Germany. We were lucky enough to have our friends at Vernissage TV give us a lift.

The artist talk was aimed at selling the limited edition bricks and other design pieces in the collaboration and it didn’t disappoint – the cues waiting to buy one of the collectable pieces snaked around the Vitra warehouse so we guess it was a success.

After the artist talk it was time to party and Vitra laid on one of the most lavish events for at least a few thousand people. At 11pm Virgil Abloh hit the decks for his DJ set and the crowd went crazy! Even our founder Adam Rutherford found hiself swept up in the euphoria when he was invited up on stage with Virgil and his crew!

June 13th

We had one of the best nights of the week at a simple backyard Barbecue for artist Rirkrit Tiravanija, The Odius Smell of Truth. Such a great turn out of the art world’s movers and shakers and us! Artist Tobias Rehberger, Gallerist Pilar Corrias, Theodora Fischer Curator Fondation Beyler, Hans Ulrich Obrist and Curator Joog Li were just some of the big hitters showing some love for Rirkrit.

June 14th

This was our last day of the week and the party we always look forward to! The Fondation Beyeler Nocturne Party in honour of Rirkrit Tiravanija. The party always begins so sedately and some of our old friends from London joined us for the soiree. Then it was off to the Nocturne Boat Party for the last knees up of the week. We left the boat at 6am and a few hardcore party people were leaving just as we did… Did someone see Sam Keller? Until next year ‘That’s all folks”