74 exhibitors stage contemporary projects of compelling distinction, representing Europe and the Americas, plus the Middle East, South Africa and East Asia, with 58 galleries returning from previous Volta incarnations. Solo presentations frame Volta9's focused format, with a third of exhibiting galleries spotlighting a single artist from their rosters.
BASEL, SWITZERLAND (APRIL 23, 2013). VOLTA, Basel's platform for cutting-edge art
and emerging international talent, lights up the industrial Dreispitz Areal in its ninth
edition this June. 74 exhibitors stage contemporary projects of compelling distinction,
representing Europe and the Americas, plus the Middle East, South Africa, and East Asia,
with 58 galleries returning from previous VOLTA incarnations.
Solo presentations frame VOLTA9's focused format, with a third of exhibiting galleries spotlighting a single artist from their rosters. Selections include: Sami Al Turki (Athr Gallery, Jeddah), whose evocative photography was featured at Edge of Arabia (London) and Institut du Monde Arabe (Paris); Holton Rower (The Hole, New York), who activated his psychedelic pour paintings in a mesmeric performance in Fresh Basel, curated by the gallery at Villa Vecchia during Basel Week Miami 2012; Manor Grunewald (Galerie Fortlaan 17, Ghent), an upcoming artist-in-residence at Frans Masereel Centrum (Kasterlee) and participant in Young Flemish Masters at Hermitage Amsterdam; Debra Hampton (Gallery Poulsen, Copenhagen), whose mythical collaged drawings are included in the Museum of Modern Art, New York's permanent collection; light alchemist Leo Villareal (CONNERSMITH., Washington DC), whose grandest-scale-to-date project The Bay Lights dazzled the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge's 75th anniversary this March as the world's largest LED light sculpture; Satoru Tamura (TEZUKAYAMA GALLERY, Osaka), whose machine assemblages engaged visitors to Tochigi Prefectural Museum of Fine Arts (Utsunomiya) and Zachęta National Gallery of Art (Warsaw); and Uzbekistani installation and performance artist Said Atabekov (Laura Bulian Gallery, Milan), featured in the 2011 Venice Biennale (Central Asian Pavilion), Ostalgia at the New Museum (New York) and Migrasophia, the debut curatorial exhibition and public program at the Maraya Art Centre (Sharjah).
16 new members to the VOLTA family provide salient discourses at the boutique fair, including: Léna & Roselli Gallery (Budapest), who include painted and torqued stainless steel by sculptor Attila Mata (featured in Without Borders: Contemporary Croatian Sculpture + Hungarian Reflections at the Hungarian National Gallery) among their Eastern European roster; Purdy Hicks Gallery (London), presenting the petite portraiture of Munich-born, London-based Bettina von Zwehl, 2011 photography artist-in-residence at the Victoria & Albert Museum; Anna Nova Art Gallery (Saint Petersburg) will stage a mind-altering installation by young Russian talent and Milk and Vodka art collective founder Stas Bags; and Eduardo Secci Contemporary (Florence) features Roberto Pietrosanti, whose monumental sculpture graced the 2006 Mostra di Architettura di Venezia (Venice), and is included in an upcoming collective exhibition at the Vigna Barberini on the Palatine Hill in Rome.
Two first-time exhibitors from Seoul epitomize South Korea's red-hot contemporary scene through dual-artist dialogues: Gallery Skape balances Myeongbeom Kim's surreal sculptures with a sublime photographic installation by Yujung Chang (Youngeun Museum of Contemporary Art, Gwangju, hosted her solo museum debut Overlapping Paths in 2011), while Gallery H.A.N. contrasts Myungil Lee's earthy mixed-media compositions with Jeongyun Choi's porcelain sculpture.
Continental Europe features particularly strong showings from Spain, with six galleries covering four cities: ADN Galería (Barcelona) includes Carlos Aires (coming off last year's catalogued solo exhibition at the CAC Contemporary Art Museum, Málaga) and Adrian Melis (his solo exhibition The Value of Absence at Kunsthalle Basel continues through May); Seville's ALARCÓN CRIADO immerses in imagery between Warsaw- based Nicolas Grospierre (winner of the Golden Lion at the 11th Venice Biennale of Architecture), Alejandra Laviada (exploring urban archeologies in her native Mexico City), and José Guerrero's localized photographic documentation; while espaivisor - Galería Visor (Valencia) mounts a compelling four-way conversation between "walking artist" Hamish Fulton (currently contributing to A Trip from Here to There at the Museum of Modern Art, New York), French feminist pioneer Nil Yalter (who enjoyed a career survey at Galerist Tepebasi, Istanbul, in 2011), plus career conceptualists Braco Dimitrijević (featured in multiple Venice Biennales and documenta editions) and Catalan Joan Fontcuberta (winner of the 2013 Hasselblad Prize in Photography, ahead of an autumn solo exhibition at the Gothenburg Museum of Art, Sweden, and a new monograph).
Three Madrid galleries complete the array: ARANAPOVEDA Gallery contrast Cologne- based Susanne Themlitz (winner of the 2012 Brocense Art Award for Drawing) with Chilean Ignacio Bahna (has a planned solo exhibition at Galería Artespacio, Santiago, this December) and stop-motion and graphite works by young Spaniard Rosana Antolí (currently featured in From Madonna to Madonna at Domus Artium (DA2), Salamanca, curated by Paco Barragán); Espacio Mínimo highlights sculptor Juan Luis Moraza (awarded the Audemars Piguet Prize at 2013 ARCOmadrid) in their ensemble booth; and PRO GALLERY pairs Luis Úrculo's architectural interventions with Almudena Lobera's spatially distorting, hybrid media installation.
The Schaulager, Münchenstein/Basel's open-warehouse contemporary exhibition hall designed by renowned Swiss architectural firm Herzog & de Meuron, reopened in March with British video artist and filmmaker Steve McQueen's expansive mid-career survey. A 10- minute walk from Dreispitzhalle on Ruchfeldstrasse, the Schaulager signals another must- see destination for VOLTA9 visitors this June.
VOLTA9 at Dreispitzhalle is connected by direct, complimentary shuttles running to and from Art Basel and LISTE, for effortless transit between fairs. Plus, VOLTA9 is only 7 minutes from the central train station SBB by public transport, 9 minutes via the Tram 10 or 11 from Bankverein (Kunsthalle/Kunstmuseum), or 5 minutes by car. With a 450-place car park one block away, parking is trouble-free. All travel information can be found on our website.
VOLTA was founded in Basel in 2005 by dealers Kavi Gupta (Chicago), Ulrich Voges (Frankfurt), and Friedrich Loock (Berlin).
A full list of exhibitors can be reviewed below or on our website www.voltashow.com
Image: Said Atabekov, Korpeshe Flags #11, 2011, C-print, 67 x 100 cm, Courtesy Laura Bulian Gallery, Milan
PREVIEW: Monday, June 10 (by invitation only) 10 am - 2 pm
Guest of Honor: 10 am - 2 pm
VIP/Press: noon - 2 pm
Helsinkistrasse 5, Gate 13 - 4142 Basel/Münchenstein - Switzerland
Monday 2 pm - 7 pm
Tuesday – Saturday 10 am - 7 pm
Closed on Sunday
General Admission 17CHF / 14EUR
Students 12CHF / 10EUR
Groups (10+) 12CHF / 10EUR
Complimentary shuttle buses will run to and from Art Basel and LISTE from Monday through Saturday from 10 am - 7.30 pm daily.
Additionally, the-solo-project at St. Jakobshalle provides free shuttles between the namesake art fair, Art Basel, the Schaulager, Museum Tinguely, and VOLTA9.
From SBB (Main station): Tram 10 or 11 to Dreispitz (Direction Dornach or Aesch)
From Badischer Bahnhof (German Train station): Bus 36 to Dreispitz (Direction Schifflände)