Parcours: For its 10th edition, 20 site-specific artworks will be presented in the greater Münsterplatz area.

  • Curated for the fourth year by Samuel Leuenberger, founder of SALTS, the non-profit exhibition space in Birsfelden, Switzerland
  • The sector will feature work by Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Paweł Althamer, Mathis Altmann, Pierre Bismuth, Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys, Matias Faldbakken, Dan Graham, Laurent Grasso, Irena Haiduk, Camille Henrot, Caitlin Keogh, Germaine Kruip, Ad Minoliti, Antonio Obá, Reto Pulfer, Hassan Sharif, Ron Terada, Daniel Turner, Rinus Van de Velde, and Cathy Wilkes
  • Supported by MGM Resorts Art & Culture, Parcours will open on Monday afternoon, June 10, 2019. Art Basel, whose Lead Partner is UBS, takes place at Messe Basel from June 13 to June 16, 2019.


Now in its 10th edition, the Parcours sector will be presented under the title ‘The Impossibility of Being a Sculpture’. Highlights include ‘The recovered manifesto of Wissam (inaudible)’ (2017) located in the Staatsarchiv by Lawrence Abu Hamdan, who recently was shortlisted for the Turner Prize 2019 and whose interest in sound and its intersection with politics is a central focus of his work. Installed on Münsterplatz, Dan Graham‘s ‘Dancing Circles’ (2018), at once sculptural and architectural, will reflect and formally interact with its environment. Germaine Kruip will present a new site-specific light installation titled ‘Diamond’ (2018-present), on display in the Vortragssaal at Kunstmuseum Basel.

‘Copper No. 32’ (2015) by Hassan Sharif, a pioneering contemporary artist in the Gulf region who introduced the apotheosis of recycled materials and mass-produced objects as sculpture, is presented at Erasmushaus, an antiquarian bookshop in central Basel. For his long-term film project ‘The Villagers’ (2019), which will be completed and screened in September 2019, Rinus Van de Velde created 17 life-size stage sets; one of them – titled ‘Prop,Flood, Roof’ (2018) and installed in the Bau- und Verkehrsdepartement Basel-Stadt, Falkensteinerhof (Lichthof) – will be featured in Parcours and will function as both a stage set and an autonomous sculpture. ‘Untitled’ (2018) by Cathy Wilkes is a site-specific installation of sculptural objects that have been appropriated from everyday life and crafted by hand. The piece was originally installed as part of Wilkes’ 2018 solo show at Yale Union, Portland, and for Parcours will be presented in the Hedi Keller Saal at the Museum der Kulturen Basel.


Samuel Leuenberger says: ‘This year’s Parcours proceeds from the reconsideration of inanimate objecthood, using it to open up the ways in which sculpture interact with people within an urban context.’