|VOLTA7, returning for second year at the Dreispitzhalle venue (17.5.2011)|
||VOLTA has further concentrated its curatorial focus with mainly solo and two-person shows in a tightly edited fair with 70 exhibitors. The Basel fair dedicated to cutting-edge art, now in its seventh edition, returns to the Dreispitzhalle, from Monday, June 13th through Saturday, June 18th.|
The VOLTA7 Curatorial Board – Jacopo Crivelli Visconti, Critic & Curator, Sao Paulo; Christoph Doswald, Art Critic and Curator, Zurich; Jasper Sharp, Curator and Writer, Vienna; and Francesco Stocchi, Curator, Rome/Vienna — screened the hundreds of incoming applications to create a selection of 70 tightly-focused, fresh positions, including 57 galleries from Europe and 8 from the U.S., as well as positions from South America, Middle East, Asia and Canada. Encouraged by the response of collectors and curators during the instances of solo presentations and the carefully considered booths in former editions, the Curatorial Committee proposed new concept for
VOLTA7. A much stronger emphasis has therefore been placed on single artist presentations or on booth concepts that bring the work of two artists into dialogue with one another, thus allowing for a greater understanding of different individual practices. Out of the 70 exhibiting galleries, 16 are presenting solo shows, 35 are focusing on a dialogue between artists and 19 galleries have curated small and intimate exhibitions with 3 or maximum 4 artists. Together with the reduction in exhibitor numbers, the intended result will be a much more focused event, less a trade fair and more a series of small
While many of the artists have been brought together in dialogue by the galleries, there are also instances of artists who have work as a duo permanently, such as Turkish artists Özlem Günyol + Mustafa Kunt (presented by Heike Strelow, Frankfurt) or on specific projects, such as Brazilian artists João Castilho and Pedro Motta (Celma Albuquerque, Belo Horizonte). Several galleries have responded to the new curatorial concept with ambitious installations or several re hangs throughout the course of the week—such as Paolo Maria Deanesi (Rovereto), kicking off with Diango Hernandez and Jacopo Mazzonelli, or Nusser & Baumgart (Munich) changing their 2-person show every two days, opening with Michael Wesely/Benjamin Bergmann, making VOLTA7 a venue for repeated visits.
Many of the artists slated for exhibit have recently been awarded prizes after their selection by the Curatorial Committee, including photographer Thorsten Brinkmann (artfinder Galerie | Mathias Güntner, Hamburg), Leipizig-based painter Jochen Plogsties (ASPN, Leipzig), and American Frankfurt-based conceptual artist Adrian W illiam s (VOGES Gallery, Frankfurt). Meanwhile, LARMgalleri (Copenhagen), who will be undertaking the daunting task of one solo show per day, will open with new works by Italian painter Nicola Samori, recently announced as included in the Italian Pavilion at the coming 54th Venice Biennale.