Art Basel City Week: A “Hopscotch” in Buenos Aires
Posted on September - 18 - 2018
This past week, beginning on the 6th and finishing 12th, the vibrant city of Buenos Aires was selected to host Art Basel City Week. Under the artistic direction of Cecilia Alemani, the main attraction was a multi-venue exhibition entitled ‘Hopscotch (Rayuela)’ where the visitors were invited to the many venues that hosted the interactive and performative work of 18 renown international and Argentinian artists. The selection included Maurizio Cattelan, Barbara Kruger, Vivian Suter, Leandro Katz, Eduardo Basualdo among a younger crowd of Argentinian artists, including Ad Minoliti, Santiago de Paoli, and Luciana Lamothe. As Alemani’s curatorial experience concentrates on public art, the city was permeated with several works that expanded from the city’s different neighborhoods’, from Palermo to La Boca, and through different venues like national libraries and old beer factories. Maurizio Cattelan worked alongside residents of Palermo to create his pop-up cemetery titled Eternity; Stan VanDerBeek presented an immersive movie-collage at the city’s iconic planetarium while Vivian Suter’s draped canvas covered an old German beer hall. Art Basel Cities Week in Buenos Aires also featured many museum and gallery openings, as well as events and workshops in its additional 22 Cultural Partner institutions.
The event was accompanied by additional cultural actives, where visitors could attend the many talks, workshops and master classes given by artists across the city, such as Leandro Katz, Eduardo Basualdo and Vivian Suter.
The event was the result of Art Basel’s initiative entitled Art Basel Cities, where the intent of the project was to provide a multiyear program resulting from the work of an array of local Cultural Partners engaged with international actors and institutions through a series of professional collaborations, projects and exchanges. One of the significant concerns behind this cultural agenda is to promote Buenos Aire’s position as a cultural destination. As the country has been affected by domestic discontent and financial turmoil, it doesn’t come as a shock that this venture was conducted to promote the country’s local economy a general perception.
However, the format of the event was engaging and encapsulated the whole city, so be sure to check out the different artworks presented throughout the city of Buenos Aires, as well as the workshops that were offered as part of the ongoing Talks Program.
By: Gabriela Martinez de la Hoz