The Art Parcours sector at Art Basel presents site-specific artworks and performances in the historical quarters of Basel. In its third year, the 2012 edition of Art Parcours has moved to the St. Johann neighborhood of Basel. From Wednesday, June 13 to Sunday, June 17 thirteen locations will be transformed by renowned international artists, including Pawel Althamer, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Rodney Graham, Aleksandra Mir, Maria Nordman, Pedro Reyes and Dieter Roth. The array of high-caliber works, again curated by Jens Hoffmann, Director of the CCA Wattis Institute, San Francisco, will engage with Basel’s past and present, weaving artistic interventions into the fabric of the city. Venues in Basel's St. Johann area include Druckerei Ackermannshof, which once was a medieval printing shop; Dieter Roth's former studio; a hidden water-pumping station; Predigerkircher (Preacher's Church), one of the first Gothic churches in the Upper Rhine region; opulently decorated Renaissance dining rooms at the Philosophicum; and the Restaurant Zur Mägd, where in 1538 a banquet was held in honor of the painter Hans Holbein the Younger, as well as various public sites throughout the area. On Wednesday June 13, from 8pm to midnight, the Art Parcours Night presents an evening of performances conceived by Los Angeles based artist Kathryn Andrews. During "Voix de Ville" performances by clowns, acrobats, musicians, jugglers and various Vaudevillian acts will take over the banks of the River Rhine.
Some of the the Art Parcours projects are Pawel Althamer,Bruno, 1998 – 2012 Foksal Gallery Foundation, Warsaw neugerriemschneider, Berlin Skulpturhalle Werkstatt; Abraham Cruzvillegas Autoconstrucción, 2009 kurimanzutto, Mexico City; Allan Kaprow / Mateo Tannatt Push and Pull: A Furniture Comedy for Hans Hofmann, 1963/2012, reinvention by Mateo Tannatt Hauser and Wirth, Zurich Restaurant Zur Mägd, Festsaal; Claude Lévêque Ring of Fire, 2011 kamel mennour, Paris Totentanzpark; Dieter Roth The Studio of Dieter and Björn Roth, 1995 – 2008 Hauser and Wirth, Zurich Ackermannshof, former Atelier Dieter Roth
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