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Art Fair: VOLTA7 (over)

13 June 2011 until 18 June 2011

Helsinkistrasse 5
4142 Basel
Switzerland (city map)

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VOLTA has further concentrated its curatorial focus with mainly solo and two-person shows in a tightly edited fair with 70 exhibitors. The Basel fair dedicated to cutting-edge art, now in its seventh edition, returns to the Dreispitzhalle, from Monday, June 13th through Saturday, June 18th.

The VOLTA7 Curatorial Board - Jacopo Crivelli Visconti, Critic & Curator, Sao Paulo; Christoph Doswald, Art Critic and Curator, Zurich; Jasper Sharp, Curator and Writer, Vienna; and Francesco Stocchi, Curator, Rome/Vienna - screened the hundreds of incoming applications to create a selection of 70 tightly-focused, fresh positions, including 57 galleries from Europe and 8 from the U.S., as well as positions from South America, Middle East, Asia and Canada.

Encouraged by the response of collectors and curators during the instances of solo presentations and the carefully considered booths in former editions, the Curatorial Committee proposed new concept for VOLTA7. A much stronger emphasis has therefore been placed on single artist presentations or on booth concepts that bring the work of two artists into dialogue with one another, thus allowing for a greater understanding of different individual practices. Out of the 70 exhibiting galleries, 16 are presenting solo shows, 35 are focusing on a dialogue between artists and 19 galleries have curated small and intimate exhibitions with 3 or maximum 4 artists. Together with the reduction in exhibitor numbers, the intended result will be a much more focused event, less a trade fair and more a series of small exhibitions.

While many of the artists have been brought together in dialogue by the galleries, there are also instances of artists who have work as a duo permanently, such as Turkish artists Özlem Günyol + Mustafa Kunt (presented by Heike Strelow, Frankfurt) or on specific projects, such as Brazilian artists João Castilho and Pedro Motta (Celma Albuquerque, Belo Horizonte). Several galleries have responded to the new curatorial concept with ambitious installations or several re-hangs throughout the course of the week-such as Paolo Maria Deanesi (Rovereto), kicking off with Diango Hernandez and Jacopo Mazzonelli, or Nusser & Baumgart (Munich) changing their 2-person show every two days, opening with Michael Wesely/Benjamin Bergmann, making VOLTA7 a venue for repeated visits.

Many of the artists slated for exhibit have recently been awarded prizes after their selection by the Curatorial Committee, including photographer Thorsten Brinkmann (artfinder Galerie | Mathias Güntner, Hamburg), Leipizig-based painter Jochen Plogsties (ASPN, Leipzig), and American Frankfurt-based conceptual artist Adrian Williams (VOGES Gallery, Frankfurt). Meanwhile, LARMgalleri (Copenhagen), who will be undertaking the daunting task of one solo show per day, will open with new works by Italian painter Nicola Samori, recently announced as included in the Italian Pavilion at the coming 54th Venice Biennale.

True to its character of identifying new trends, VOLTA7 returns to the Dreispitzhalle. The environs in the Dreispitz Areal has grown rapidly from an industrial former warehouse district into the envisaged artistically-vibrant neighborhood. Already known for theSchaulager contemporary art space, in the last year alone the Dreispitz has seen the opening of an entire building dedicated to artists' studios and several new permanent art spaces, including House of Electronic Arts (Haus-ek), an exhibition hall dedicated to new media; OSLO 10, a cutting-edge art center under the Berlin-based Swiss team of former Kunsthalle Basel curator Simone Neuenschwander and former curator of the Alte Fabrik in Rapperswil-Jona, Christiane Rekade; Radio X, Basel's alternative radio station; and the photo gallery, OSLO 8.

VOLTA7 at Dreispitzhalle is only 7 minutes from the central train station SBB by public transport or 5 minutes by car; 9 minutes with Tram 10 or 11 from Bankverein (Kunsthalle/Kunstmuseum) and with direct VOLTA7 shuttles running from Art Basel and Liste with no other stops, reaching the fair is effortless. With a 450-place car park one block away, the venue also offers easier parking than previous locations. All travel information can be found by visiting our website.

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