VOLTA6 – Basel
VOLTA6, which will run from Wednesday June 16th through Sunday June 20th, is thrilled to announce their location for 2010: the newly-renovated Dreispitzhalle in Basel. The new venue will allow for 80 galleries and promises again a tightly-focused, boutique event of the kind that built VOLTA’s name and reputation.
Dreispitzhalle (www.dreispitzhalle.ch) is the centerpiece of the latest hot spot in Basel, the Dreispitz Areal, a former warehouse district that can be equated to Tribeca in its early days, an artistically-vibrant neighborhood owned by Christoph Merian Foundation, one of the oldest and most respected foundations in Basel and coordinators of the international artists exchange program iaab (see www.merianstiftung.ch). A creative magnet for the city, the area will soon house The Institute for Art and Design, while there are already galleries, artists’ studios, a culture radio station, art collections and art handlers. The urban plan for the area’s development has been masterminded by world-renowned architects Herzog & De Meuron.
To-date, the Dreispitz Areal is best known for the Schaulager, one of the largest private art collections in the world (see http://www.schaulager.org), located on the district’s most southern tip. Not only is the area well-known to an art-savvy audience, therefore, but the Dreispitzhalle is also closer to the city and train station with VOLTA6 en route from those sites to the contemporary art center, which will be premiering its huge, must-see Matthew Barney show “Prayer Sheet with the Wound and the Nail” on Friday June 11th, 2010.
VOLTA6 is only 7 minutes from the main SBB train station by public transport or 5 minutes by car; 9 minutes by tram from Liste (Wettsteinplatz) and with regular direct VOLTA6 shuttles running from Art Basel, reaching the fair will be effortless. With a 450- place car park next door, the new venue will also offer easier parking than any previous location in the past.
With the move to the Dreispitzhalle, VOLTA6 returns to the well-received tendency towards slightly rougher yet fast-developing areas that facilitate an adequate sense of discovery and an approach toward the cutting edge. The new opening days—from Wednesday through Sunday—respond to visitor demand to be open for the full weekend. We are very happy that with this move to one of Basel’s emerging yet fastest growing and changing neighborhoods, VOLTA will once again prove that we stay sharp, edgy and forward thinking.