Swiss artists benefit from a unique educational and support system which has produced exceptional results in the last two or three decades. If you’re going to Art Basel, you will be able to see for yourself the latest crop of Swiss talent as showcased in the Swiss Art Awards exhibition – currently on at Hall 4 at the Messezentrum. On 16 June, the Federal Art Committee selected the top ten winners out of 460 entries. Laureates receive an endowment of 25,000 CHF. This edition of the award exhibition will also see, for the first time, a collaboration between the architects Vécsey Schmidt and Victoria Easton on a specific exhibition design: walls are installed diagonally, following the columns’ rhythm, hence counteracting the hall’s strong orientation.
Winners include !Mediengruppe Bitnik, whose “live mail art” piece involved sending Wikileaks founder Julian Assange a parcel containing a camera to his home (the camera documented and live-tweeted its journey through the postal system); the Berlin-based Claudia Comte, who combines painting, sculpture and museum display elements in her practice; and art historian Emilie Bujés. Rounding off the list are CKÖ, Jules Spinatsch, Andreas Hochuli, Emanuel Rossetti, Emilie Ding, Kim Seob Boninsegni and Vanessa Billy.
The exhibition will run until 22 June.
Swiss Art Awards, Hall 4, Basel Convention Center (Messezentrum)
Images courtesy of the Swiss Federal Office of Culture.