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Just in time for Art Basel


Das neue Kunsthaus Baselland auf dem Dreispitz – eine perfekte Einstimmung auf die Art Basel mit Art Unlimited und Art Parcours. Schon die Architektur des Kunsthaus Baselland überzeugt, besticht, verblüfft, erfreut. Grosszügig, kreativ, wird sie jeder Art von Kunstwerk gerecht. El Anatsui glänzt, Pipilotti Rist lockt, Gerda Steiner & Jörg Lenzlinger schweben die Wände hoch.

“Rewilding”, so der Titel der Eröffnungsausstellung. Noch nicht Gesehenes, Gewagtes findet hier ein fantastisches Kunst-Biotop. Lassen wir Bilder sprechen. Und die Worte zu und auf den Bildern. Mehr verraten wir hier nicht. Besuchen gehen. Das neue Kunsthaus Baselland, aus dem alle diese Bilder stammen. Die Art Basel, die Art Unlimited, den Art Parcours. Ein kleine Übersicht, was uns an der Art erwartet, findet sich nach den Bildern. Alles Positionen von Künstlerinnen und Künstlern, die im KuBaLa in der Eröffnungsausstellung vertreten sind.

Oben von Unbekannt, unten von Andrea Bowers. (Bilder, alle aus KuBaLa: Gabrielle Lüscher)
El Anatsui.
Wo Architektur und Kunstwerke einander beflügeln.

Und an der Art Basel?

Art Basel unveils further highlights for its 2024 edition, including full details of its expanded city-wide program featuring Parcours, the Merian, Film, Conversations, and the Messeplatz project

  • Parcours, curated for the first time by Stefanie Hessler, Director of Swiss Institute (SI) in New York, will showcase more than 20 site-specific public art installations along Clarastrasse, which connects the fairgrounds to the Rhine.
  • The Messeplatz will host a major work by conceptual artist Agnes Denes, curated by Samuel Leuenberger, Founder of SALTS.
  • Unlimited, curated by Giovanni Carmine, Director of Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen, will present 70 large-scale installations by distinguished and emerging artists.
  • Kabinett, Art Basel’s sector for thematic presentations within galleries’ main booths, will showcase 21 projects presented by 22 galleries.
  • Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Conversations, curated for the first time by Kimberly Bradley, will bring together over 25 thought leaders across 11 panels, focusing on the issues shaping contemporary culture.
  • Presenting a week of extraordinary cinema and celebrating its 25th edition, the Film program, curated by Filipa Ramos, will feature artists’ surveys, feature films, and a special program for young audiences, from age four onwards.
  • Art Basel, whose Global Lead Partner is UBS, will take place at Messe Basel from June 13 to 16, 2024, with Preview Days on June 11 and 12.

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Art at heart


The blue planet. A total work of art. Nature designs. Artists work with nature. Interart. Interactions. Worth a visit, an extra glance. At Art Basel. At Garden Futures in the Vitra Design Museum. Over the art year, again and again. Wherever, whenever. No matter the place. Nature ‘n’ art are always and everywhere. Looking back forward. From top to bottom. You name them.

Alexandra Kehayoglou, Santa Cruz River, Teppich, National Gallery of Victoria, 2016/17, z.Zt. Garden Futures: Designing with Nature im Vitra Design Museum, Weil a. Rhein, © Hans Peter Brugger

At Art Unlimited 2022, Bins turning into a “plant”.
Sebastião Salgado – Heavy rain on the Jura River.
Tom Deininger – Bluejay – If I only had a heart.
Aktionpinguin for a clean art city
Hero Seven in Avignon – friends of nature & aktionpinguin.
Nature as a painter.
Rafael Fuchs signs & designs for the AP Collection
Luma, Arles
Elfenbeinspecht – Tom Deininger
Rheinschwimmen Basel

Tom Deininger and Aktionpinguin collecting littering in the 14° C cold Rhine. Cleaning it up and getting items for awesome artwork from objects with a story. The side effects: Protecting nature, the water, the living and swimming beings from waste, poison and pollution. Step by step, pull by pull. Watch this.

Tom Deininger – Go with the Flow.
Ethan Cohen Gallery, NYC at Volta
Aktionpinguin x Wickelfisch – The artists collection CHF 250.-/piece
Sur le pont … über der Rhône.
Theater Festival Avignon

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The Art of Collecting Collectors


Littering is a plague. The reasons for it are manifold. Solutions have been discussed for decades. Despite these littering talks, it did not get better, in fact it felt worse. Aktionpinguin was founded out of this need. As a side effect of my winter swimming. In and along the Rhine. I carried up cans, broken pieces, sticky things. Disposed them.

In the winter of 20/21.

Just add some fun and joy.

Swim with the Banksy Girl with the red ballon.

I faced litter. I collected. People shook their heads. Some thanked, some were indignant. These youth. No childishness. One should. One ought to. I did. Carried up.

One person alone can’t do much. But if hundreds, thousands do the same. Yes, then it will quickly become cleaner. Thought, done. A simple bag. Evaluated by professionals. Climate-neutral, produced in Europe from recycled material. Best environmental balance.

First plogging with Lauftreff beider Basel and “Züri rännt”.

Corporate Volunteering with different companies.
Action: 1 bag of trash = 1 Pizza for free.
Corporate Volunteering attracts always lots of “spectators”, watch on the bridge.

Litter-Picking for all by Aktionpinguin has brought about dramatic improvements in Basel. The sack shows everyone how simple anti- and nolittering can be. Tools, tips and commitment are all it takes.

The positive effect is multiple: because rubbish makes rubbish. Once it’s gone, there’s no more.

Litter-picking for everyone and city cleaning plus awareness-raising is the answer. The success of Aktionpinguin is measurable. Positive, to the delight and benefit of all. With commitment and a simple sack.

A talk with RR Esther Keller.

Thank you, thanks to all.

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