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Art Basel 2009 Shows Works of Art by 2,500 Artists at World’s Premier International Art Fair

art_baselThe 40th edition of Art Basel takes place in the culturally rich city of Basel, Switzerland, from June 10 through June 14, 2009. As the world’s premier art show, Art Basel marks the annual reunion of the international artworld. This year, more than 300 exhibiting galleries from all over the globe were selected from a record number of more than 1,100 applications, and will be showing works by over 2,500 artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. The Art Unlimited hall, with its 60 large-scale projects, and the Public Art Projects on the exhibition square offer further highlights.

The most spectacular event this year will be the presentation of “Il Tempo del Postino” at Theater Basel. Curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Philippe Parreno as a group exhibition that would occupy time rather than space, “Il Tempo del Postino” (Postman Time) presents a sequential display of time-based art on the theatre stage. Participating artists will include Doug Aitken, Matthew Barney & Jonathan Bepler, Tacita Dean, Thomas Demand, Trisha Donnelly, Olafur Eliasson, Peter Fischli / David Weiss, Liam Gillick, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Douglas Gordon, Carsten Höller, Pierre Huyghe, Koo Jeong-A, Philippe Parreno, Anri Sala, Tino Sehgal and Rirkrit Tiravanija & Arto Lindsay. Furthermore Basel’s museums once again feature fascinating exhibitions, and will host a broad range of events.

Founded by a group of local gallerists, the first Art Basel took place in 1970 and has since then become the most prestigious art show worldwide. This 40th anniversary edition of Art Basel begins with a vernissage for invited guests on June 9 and opens to the general public from June 10 through June 14. The premier annual event regularly attracts some 60,000 artists, collectors, gallerists, curators, and art enthusiasts from across the globe, eager to see the most rigorously chosen overview of the international art market and to meet key movers of the international art scene. Covered by more than 2,300 media representatives, Art Basel earns its strong reputation based both on the quality and diversity of the exhibited art works.

Art 40 Basel will showcase all forms of artistic expression, including paintings, drawings, editions, and sculptures, installations, photography, performances, and internet and video art. Works costing a few thousand Swiss francs, by emerging artists, will be on display alongside museum-quality masterpieces priced in the millions.

Over 300 of the world’s leading galleries will be exhibiting at Art Basel. The galleries were chosen by the Art Basel Committee, an international jury of renowned gallerists, in accordance with strict quality criteria. Selected from a record number of more than 1,100 applicants, the sectors Art Galleries, Art Statements, Art Premiere and Art Edition include 75 galleries from the United States; 56 from Germany; 33 from Switzerland; 28 from Great Britain; 26 from France; 22 from Italy; 9 from Spain; 8 from Belgium; 7 from Austria; 5 from Japan; 4 each from Brazil, China and Poland; 3 from the Netherlands; 2 each from Canada, Denmark, Ireland, Mexico, Norway and South Korea; and one each from Argentina, Finland, India, Israel, Russia, South Africa, Sweden, Taiwan, and Turkey.

Art Galleries
Once again more than 99 percent of last year’s exhibitors reapplied in the Art Galleries sector. This year’s strong roster of participants is reinforced by the additions of Johann König (Berlin), Dvir Gallery (Tel Aviv), Raw Art Gallery (Tel Aviv),Vitamin Creative Space (Guangzhou), Nils Staerk Contemporary Art (Copenhagen) and J Crist Gallery (Boise, Idaho, U.S.). The line-up of galleries showing 20th-century classics is augmented by Knoedler & Company (New York), Galerie Zlotowski (Paris), and Galerie Susanne Zander (Köln). The specialists in Art Edition are joined by Galerie Helga Maria Klosterfelde (Hamburg) and Galerie de Multiples (Paris), and the roster of photographic galleries is enhanced by the return of the Galerie Zur Stockeregg (Zürich). After a brief hiatus, David Nolan Gallery (New York), Galleria Raucci / Santamaria (Napoli), Greene Naftali (New York), Stuart Shave / Modern Art (London) and Team Gallery (New York) also rejoin Art Basel’s exhibitors.

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Manga! opens at The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art – Denmark

In the autumn Manga is coming to the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. Historically Manga goes back 200 years and today has international cult status with millions of comics sold every month and a fast-growing anime film industry. The exhibition traces the development of manga historically and culturally: from 200-year-old woodcuts and book illustrations through today’s mass-produced comics, computer games and films to current Japanese contemporary art.

The Manga exhibition is a kaleidoscopic reflection of a special Japanese pictorial tradition which has now become a cult in most of the world. The exhibition is a collaboration with the Museum für Angewandte Kunst and Deutsches Filmmuseum in Frankfurt. The exhibition is on view through 2nd of August, 2009.

One of the most interesting things about the manga phenomenon is the way fans make it their own; even more than traditional comics, manga seems to inspire readers to go off and make their own books.

The Louisiana Live offers concerts with leading musicians, international symposia and lectures of various kinds: a treat for the discerning and those who just want to know a little more about things. Every year the Louisiana offers 4-6 special exhibitions, presenting both the latest international contemporary art and the great modernist artists. The Louisiana also has a long-standing tradition of exhibitions focusing on cultural history and international architecture.

The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art is located in northern Zealand with a panoramic view across the Øresund and is surrounded by its own sculpture park. The Louisiana is internationally recognized for its exhibitions, and the museum’s permanent collection of modern art with over 3000 works is one of the biggest in Scandinavia. The unique interaction of art, landscape and the museum’s architecture makes the Louisiana one of Denmark’s most popular cultural attractions.

In 2008 the Louisiana has its 50th anniversary. Over the summer this is being celebrated with a major exhibition of museum architecture in the 21st century. The exhibition also features the Louisiana itself as an example of pace-setting modernist museum-building from the 20th century.

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