Must-See Art Guide: Basel & Zurich

This week's guide features Doug Aitken, John Baldessari, Cuno Amiet, and more.

“Doug Aitken” installation view. Courtesy of Galerie Eva Presenhuber.

Ah, another spring, another Art Basel. The blockbuster fair returns this year with 291 of the world’s leading galleries gathered in one marvelous four-day onslaught of art. There’s plenty to see! artnet News Editor-in-Chief Andrew Goldstein has rounded up 10 of the best artworks on display at the main fair, while Art Business Reporter Tim Schneider focused on five show-stopping installations in the special Art Basel Unlimited section. But if you’re looking to get out of the booths and onto the streets, you’ve come to the right place: Here are our current picks for unmissable gallery shows in Basel, Zurich, and its environs.

Start with the expertly curated “The Art of Play” at Galerie von Vertes. This group exhibition focuses on a broad range of artists at their most experimental and joyful, and includes great pieces from the likes of Alexander Calder and George Condo.  Then, you’ll likely want to check out the Doug Aitken solo presentation at Galerie Eva Presenhuber. The artist has brought his latest video work to Zurich along with two new large-scale installations. One of which, 3 Modern Figures (don’t forget to breath), features three life-sized and translucent figures, each filled with pulsating, choreographed light. Another landmark show is the 10-year anniversary celebration of Laleh June Gallerie, which gathers works by artists who have been with the gallery since its inception, including Sylvie Fleury, Firooz Zahedi, Julio Villani, and more.

Find artnet’s full list of picks below for your weekend itinerary, and have great art-filled time.


Exhibition:Doug Aitken
 June 10–July 21, 2018
Where: Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zahnradstraße 21, Zurich, Switzerland

Cuno Amiet, Stillleben mit Zitronen (1908). Courtesy of bromer kunst.

Exhibition:Cuno Amiet
 March 28–July 1, 2018
Where: bromer kunst, Landstrasse 53, Roggwil, Switzerland

Abraham David Christian, Skulpter (2018). Courtesy of Galerie Haas AG Zürich.

Exhibition:Abraham David Christian: Skulpturen und Zeichnungen
 May 31–July 13, 2018
Where: Galerie Haas AG Zürich, Talstraße 62a, Zurich, Switzerland

Katja Loher, Cuando nació el azul en la profundidad de la transparencia? (2018). Courtesy of Galerie Andres Thalmann.

Exhibition:Katja Loher: Will doves rise from turbans when the Indian trains whisper?”
 June 9–July 14, 2018
Where: Galerie Andres Thalmann, Talstraße 66, Zurich, Switzerland

Los Carpinteros. Courtesy of Galerie Peter Kilchmann.

Exhibition:Los Carpinteros: Susurro del Palmar
 June 9–July 27, 2018
Where: Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Zahnradstraße 21, Zurich, Switzerland

Andy Warhol, Campbell’s Soup Box: Chicken Noodle (1986). Courtesy of Galerie von Vertes.

Exhibition:The Art of Play: from Calder to Condo
 June 9–July 23, 2018
Where: Galerie von Vertes, Bahnhofstraße 16, Zurich, Switzerland

John Baldessari Hmmm (2017). Courtesy of Mai 36 Galerie.

Exhibition:John Baldessari
 June 9–July 28, 2018
Where: Mai 36 Galerie, Rämistraße 37, Zurich, Switzerland

Sylvie Fleury, Miniskirts Are Back (2009). Courtesy of Laleh June Galerie.

Exhibition:10 Years Laleh June
 June 8–July 28, 2018
Where: Laleh June Galerie, Picassoplatz, Basel, Switzerland

Lyonel Feininger, Sternbrücke, Weimar (1913). Courtesy of Galerie Henze & Ketterer.

Exhibition:Lyonel Feiningers Naturnotizen in und um Weimar.
Einstimmung auf 100 Jahre Bauhaus

 June 8–September 29, 2018
Where: Galerie Henze & Ketterer, Triebold Wettsteinstr. 4, Riehen, Switzerland


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