At the Art Basel Unlimited section for large scale works, Giuseppe Penone featured a huge tree cut in half treated with his typical uncarving method and filled with resin. Quite impressive!
I also liked the strange video ‘home requiem’ by Guido van der Werve. It is a meditation about home and never returning to it. He features himself on a strange triathlon swimming, cycling and running from Poland to Paris in order to deliver polish soil to the grave of Frédéric Chopin. The famous composer was born in Poland but never returned since the days of his childhood. Really, it is worth to take the time to see the full length!
The sound and computer installation ‘unidisplay’ by Carsten Nicolai featured last year at the Museum für Moderne Kunst in Frankfurt, Germany, is now on sale here in Basel. It is a brilliant minimal piece about the mechanics of perception.
Certainly the most impressive side event of Art Basel 2014 was ’14 Rooms'. The superstar curators Klaus Biesenbach and Hans-Ulrich Obrist created at a separate fair hall 14 rooms entirely devoted to performance art.
I really enjoyed the Tino Sehgal performance in which a couple tried to sell a Tino Sehgal performance to the audience for the price of € 30.000 in an edition of 4. The performance on sale in the performance was a collectors couple receiving some guests in their home. Instead of welcoming them, they should walk backwards and then exclaim’ Timo Sehgal in 2004’.