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Art 42 Basel-Art Unlimited: The breadth and beauty- 62 large-scale projects
This year’s Art Unlimited features 62 ambitious large-scale projects. The artists showing at this exhibition represent a cross-section of leading contemporary artists from all corners of the international art world present at the fair with works by artists belonging to five different decades. Come and see what are the unique pieces  created for Art Unlimited...

Published on Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

Exceeding the potential of the conventional gallery booth, Art Unlimited offers artists a 17,000-square-meter exhibition hall for showcasing sculptures, video projections, installations, wall paintings, photographic series, and performance pieces that will not fit on stand. Beyond the confines of gallery walls, Art Unlimited grants a sense of escape as the spectator is enveloped in the immensity that infuses the hanger-like space with creative reverberations. 

Generously backed by UBS with a partnership established in 2000, many of the globe’s top leading contemporary artists have been showcased in the Unlimited sector. Once again, this year’s exhibition design has been conceived by the Geneva curator, Simon Lamunière.


Art Unlimited is brimming over with well-established artists including, yet by no means limited to, John Baldessari, Daniel Buren, Dan Flavin, Mona Hatoum, Anish Kapoor, Thomas Schütte, Rirkrit Tiravanija and Cerith Wyn Evans. Turning heads is Carl Andre’s, Lament for the Children (1976/1996), a well established American artist and one of the founders of minimalism. Another powerful figure, also on display, is Hans-Peter Feldmann, the German artist recognized as a leading presence in the conceptual art movement. One of the most esteemed artist’s presenting his work during this dazzling fair is Robert Rauschenberg whose breadth and beauty of art through and through gives a strong sense of excitement and challenge.

Intermixed with these reputable artists are the young aspiring artists of the day in which Art Unlimited is not lacking: with prominent names such as Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla, Gardar Eide Einarsson, Robert Kusmirowski, and Sarah Morris. Rising star and art-market darling is Jacob Kassay, New York based, 26-years-old, the youngest artist present at Art Basel will only be selling his work to a museum. His work consists of eight square panels made using his stylistic approach of adhering silver to a support through an elaborate alchemical process. Additionally is contemporary art celebrity, Mark Leckey, England based, winner of the Turner Prize in 2008, who primarily works with collage, video and music in which he makes irresistible explorations into society and culture.


For an even greater in depth encounter, a limited-edition catalog (costing 40 Swiss francs) accompanies the exhibition and incorporates explanatory content about every artwork presented in Hall 1. Alongside Art Unlimited, the Art Statements section presents 27 individual shows of young artists. Hall 1 will also host Artists Books, Artists Records, the Stampa bookshop and the auditorium for the Art Basel Conversations and Art Salon talks.

Art Unlimited is a starring section of this year's 42nd edition of Art Basel with its sweeping space equaling its all-encompassing and stirringly ambitious artworks.

curated by rachel betz

42 Art Basel

June 15th to 19th, 2011

Art Unlimited

Hall 1 Messeplatz, 4005 Basel, Switzerland

Opening Hours: Wednesday 15th to Sunday 19th from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.



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