Highlights from the Collector’s Lounge
The by-invitation-only Collector’s Lounge is reserved for collectors, artists and exhibitors, and VIPs as well as guests of sponsoring partners. The happening inside the VIPs lounge on the second floor of the art fair is as much of a highlight as the exhibition itself. Sponsoring partners create culinary experiences, private meeting areas, artistic collaborations and spaces to see and be seen. This year the Collector’s Lounge greeted its guests in a new, sleek, light and chic design and on a larger space than usual.
Street Artist Oli-B for NetJets
NetJets has been an associate partner of Art Basel for seventeen years. Ahead of the Basel show opening, the private aviation firm chose to work with Oli-B, a painter, illustrator and street artist from Brussels, in creating an innovative installation on display at the NetJets VIP lounge in the Art Basel Collectors Lounge.Oli-B’s eclectic work ranges across acrylic, spray paint, digital and screen printing techniques, on a wide variety of surfaces including canvas, paper, wood or walls.
Artist Duo Semiconductor for Audemars Piguet
This year, the luxury watch manufacturer from Le Brassus shows an art commission that was realised by British artist-duo Semiconductor (Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt) in collaboration with guest curator Mónica Bello, head of Arts and curator at CERN, the European Laboratory for Particle Physics in Geneva. HALO, the large-scale, site-specific artwork, presents visitors with an artistic interpretation of the ATLAS experiment at CERN, and marks the first time that raw data from CERN has been utilized within an art installation.
Liu Bolin for Ruinart
Ruinart, the official champagne partner of Art Basel, is known for its annual artistic partnerships. This year, Ruinart has commissioned none other than the Chinese artist Liu Bolin, better known as the ‘Invisible Man’. This up-and-coming artist has created an unique way of melting into a scenery with a special painting technique that allows the viewer wonder and surprise. His works were created during his visit to Maison Ruinart’s historic crayères and will be showcased at Art Basel and other famous art fairs all over the world in 2018.
Grand Hotel Les Trois Rois
Speaking of which: To end a day at Art Basel in style is to do so with a glass of Ruinart Blanc des Blancs; there is no better place to commemorate the end of the exhibition than on at sunset on the terrace of the iconic Le Grand Hotel Les Trois Rois, which overlooks Basel’s old town.
It’s this one-of-a-kind luxury hotel that is perfect in every detail and a must-visit when in Basel, Swizterland.
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