UBS celebrates Art Basel Miami Beach 2016

First Major Publication About UBS’s Renowned Art Collection In Nearly A Decade – UBS Art Collection: To Art Its Freedom, Published By Hatje Cantz – Debuts At Art Basel In Miami Beach

Accompanying Display In UBS Lounge Will Showcase Seminal Works Featured In The New Ubs Publication Including Those By Artists Cy Twombly, Alex Katz, Ed Ruscha, Tracey Emin, Sarah Morris And Doug Aitken

UBS will celebrate the opening of Art Basel Miami Beach 2016 by releasing its first major print publication on the UBS Art Collection in nearly a decade. UBS Art Collection: To Art its Freedom is a 274-page, deluxe hardback overview of the UBS Art Collection that includes a text on the history of the collection written by Mary Rozell, Global Head UBS Art Collection, as well as an essay by noted scholar Dieter Buchhart. The volume features more than 200 color illustrations of works by acknowledged masters such as Cy Twombly, Alighiero Boetti, Mary Heilmann, Ed Ruscha and Christopher Wool alongside a number of the collection’s recent acquisitions and works by emerging artists.

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© 2016, ProLitteris, Zurich Alex Katz, Good Morning I, 1974 (Photo: Business Wire)

This publication, which will be launched at Art Basel Miami Beach 2016, provides the inspiration for the selection of artworks on view within the UBS lounge. UBS Art Collection: To Art its Freedom will feature more than 200 color illustrations and includes the text: “UBS Art Collection: A History and a Moment” written by Mary Rozell, Global Head UBS Art Collection, which presents a history of the Collection, as well as a view to its future. The central essay by noted art historian and curator Dieter Buchhart entitled “To Art its Freedom: A Collection as Emblem of Post-postmodern Polyphony” which contextualizes the Collection within the framework of art history and makes connections among the various featured works. The title of the publication is a quotation from the famous words above the entrance to the Secession Building in Vienna, “To Every Age its Art, to Art its Freedom,” which, according to Buchhart, reflects the spirit of the UBS Art Collection – one that endures and remains relevant, independent of changing circumstances or frameworks.

UBS And Contemporary Art

UBS’s long and substantial record of patronage in contemporary art enables clients and audiences to participate in the international conversation about art and the global art world through the firm’s global art platform. In addition to the UBS Art Collection, ucoxw1considered one of the world’s largest and most important corporate collections of contemporary art, UBS has an extensive roster of contemporary art programs that include the firm’s long-term support for the premier international Art Basel shows in Basel, Miami Beach and Hong Kong, for which UBS serves as global Lead Partner; the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative with the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; and a global exhibition tour of WOMEN: New Portraits, an exhibition of newly commissioned photographs by renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz. These activities are complemented by a number of regional partnerships with fine art institutions including the Fondation Beyeler in Switzerland, Galleria d’Arte Moderna in Milan, the Nouveau Musée National de Monaco, the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark, the Deichtorhallen in Hamburg and the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. UBS also provides its clients with insight into the contemporary art world through the free art news app UBS Planet Art, collaborations with the Swiss Institute, and the online resource Artsy, as well as through the UBS Arts Forum. (For more information about UBS’s commitment to contemporary art, visit www.ubs.com/art.)

Today the UBS Art Collection is considered one of the largest and most important corporate collections of contemporary art in the world. Comprised of various individual art collections with unique attributes that have been integrated over time through a series of mergers and acquisitions – notably between Union Bank of Switzerland, Swiss Bank Corporation and PaineWebber Inc. – the UBS Art Collection currently includes more than 30,000 paintings, works on paper, photography, sculpture, video and installations by artists from 73 countries. The vast majority of these works are displayed in more than 800 UBS offices around the world, serving as an inspiration for employees and a platform for dialogue with clients and the public. Continue reading

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Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong Offers Art Stay Package As Official Hotel Partner Of Art Basel’s Hong Kong Show

Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong has announced that for the fourth year it will be the Official Hotel for Art Basel Hong Kong, which takes place in March 2016. To celebrate this partnership with Art Basel, Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong will be offering guests a series of bespoke services ranging from an exclusive stay, an art-inspired menu in the Michelin-starred Mandarin Grill + Bar as well as in Pierre, art-inspired chocolates at The Mandarin Cake Shop and cocktails at M bar, a relaxing treatment at The Mandarin Spa to revive the feet after the bustle of the show, and art exhibitions and shows throughout the hotel.

Night exterior view of the Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong

Night exterior view of the Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong

Following a breakthrough 2015 edition – which placed the Hong Kong show squarely in the center of Asia’s international art scene – the upcoming show offers a premier platform for showing works from across the globe, more than half from Asia and Asia Pacific, while providing an in-depth overview of the region’s diversity through both historical material and cutting-edge works by leading and emerging artists.

Art Basel Hong Kong will be held from 24 to 26 March 2016 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, just a short taxi or Mass Transit Railway ride away from the hotel. Located in the heart of the city, the iconic Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong has become the hotel of choice for many leading artists and gallery directors when visiting the city for either business or pleasure.

Mandarin Suite Living Room at Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong

Mandarin Suite Living Room at Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong

The iconic Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong is the epitome of contemporary luxury combined with Oriental heritage. Having delighted guests with award-winning service and impressive facilities for nearly 50 years, it is the much-loved address for those seeking an exclusive sanctuary in the heart of this exciting city. The spacious rooms and suites offer magnificent views of the famous Victoria Harbour and the city skyline. A collection of ten outstanding restaurants and bars, including two with Michelin stars, and a Shanghainese-inspired holistic spa, indoor pool and 24-hour fitness centre, make Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong the recognized home away from home for discerning leisure and business travelers alike.

Captain Bar at Mandarin Oriental, hong Kong

Captain Bar at Mandarin Oriental, hong Kong

Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong Harbor Room

Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong Harbor Room

Pierre Restaurant

Pierre Restaurant

Art Stay – 19 to 29 March 2016

As the Official Hotel for the Art Basel show in Hong Kong, guests can enjoy an exclusive Art Stay package that includes:

  • Overnight accommodation in a luxurious room
  • Access for two to Art Basel, including unlimited entrance to the fair, an invitation to the Vernissage, access to the Collectors Lounge and invitations to a series of events
  • Breakfast in-room or in the Clipper Lounge or Café Causette
  • A welcome bottle of ‘R’ de Ruinart Champagne
  • Art-inspired welcome tasty treat on arrival

Room rates start at HKD4,799, subject to 10% service charge per night and subject to availability. Room reservations can be made by contacting the hotel directly on + 852 2820 4202 or by visiting the tempting offers page on our website at www.mandarinoriental.com/hongkong.

Art Basel stages the world’s premier art shows for Modern and contemporary works, sited in Basel, (Switzerland) Miami Beach (USA) and Hong Kong. Defined by its host city and region, each show is unique, which is reflected in its participating galleries, artworks presented, and the content of parallel programming produced in collaboration with local institutions for each edition. In addition to ambitious stands featuring leading galleries from around the world, each show’s exhibition sectors spotlight the latest developments in the visual arts, offering visitors new ideas, new inspiration and new contacts in the art world. For further information please visit www.artbasel.com.

Art Basel 2013: Outstanding Quality Results in Strong Sales

All Images Courtesy of Art Basel (www.artbasel.com)

Upcoming Art Basel shows:

Miami Beach, December 5 – 8, 2013

Hong Kong, May 15 – 18, 2014

Basel, June 19 – 22, 2014

‘Art Basel is undoubtedly the most eminent of all art fairs. But it still surprises – alongside its perfect mix of international participants and quality it is able to continue to improve every year, not only in terms of interest and sales but also in efficiency and attendance. 2013 was another highlight – beyond our expectation!’ – Thaddaeus Ropac, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, Salzburg

General view from art Basel 2013 held in early June. (Image courtesy of Art basel)

General outside view from Art Basel 2013 held in early June. (Image courtesy of Art Basel)

The 44th edition of Art Basel closed on Sunday, June 16, 2013, with galleries reporting exceptionally strong sales across all levels, as Basel once again became the central meeting place for the international art world. Many visitors to the show commented on the exceptional quality of the work being exhibited, which was undoubtedly reflected in the strength of the sales made by galleries across all sectors of the show throughout the week. Many exhibitors reported stronger sales on the opening preview day of the show than ever before.

Cherry and Martin, Robert Heinecken, Surrealism on TV, 1986, Courtesy the artist and the gallery

Cherry and Martin, Robert Heinecken, Surrealism on TV, 1986, Courtesy the artist and the gallery

Art Basel, whose lead partner is UBS, attracted a record of 70,000 visitors, generating an attendance of 86,000 over the six show days. Representatives and groups from over 70 museums around the world attended the show, alongside major private collectors from North and South America, Europe, and Asia. A significant number of artists attended this year’s edition, including: Kader Attia, Tom Burr, Thomas Demand, Meschac Gaba, Theaster Gates, Isa Genzken, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige, Noriyuki Haraguchi, Roni Horn, Christian Jankowski, Idris Khan, Jorge Macchi, Steve McQueen, Matt Mullican, Sean Scully, Jim Shaw, John Stezaker, Eduardo Terrazas, Mickalene Thomas, Tunga and Danh Vo.

Art Basel 2013 | Unlimited | David Altmejd | Hufkens, Modern Art, Rosen

Art Basel 2013 | Unlimited | David Altmejd | Hufkens, Modern Art, Rosen

Art Basel presented 304 galleries from around the world exhibiting the work of over 4,000 artists, with many choosing to present thematic and solo-artist exhibitions. Galleries from across the globe debuted at the Basel show this year, coming from Belgium, Brazil, China, France, Germany, Greece, India, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Republic Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, USA. Continue reading

ARTBASEL HONG KONG PREVIEW: ENCOUNTERS: 17 AMBITIOUS, LARGESCALE PROJECTS

Art Basel recently announced the 17 artworks to be presented within the Encounters sector in Hong Kong, dedicated to showing large-scale sculptural installations by leading artists from around the world. Yuko Hasegawa, Chief Curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo and Curator of the Sharjah Biennial 13, curates the sector for the inaugural edition of the Hong Kong show.

The first edition of Art Basel in Hong Kong will showcase 245 of the world’s leading galleries across four sectors. 50 percent of the exhibitors have spaces in Asia and the Asia-Pacific region, underscoring Art Basel’s commitment to the region. While the main sector, Galleries, will present premier established galleries from across the world, Insights is dedicated to presenting precise contextual and thematic presentations by many important artists from the art scene in Asia. The Discoveries sector will provide a platform for ART-BASEL-HK-web-banner2

younger galleries and Encounters will show large-scale sculptural installations by leading artists from around the world.

Encounters will offer a strong representation of galleries from Hong Kong, exhibited alongside projects by galleries from India, Japan, Korea, Mainland China, Germany, Ireland, Italy, and the United Kingdom. The works will range from sculptures in traditional media such as marble, wood and bronze to installations inviting audience participation. With some reaching over five meters in height and others taking over 70 square meters of exhibition space, these major artworks will punctuate the Galleries sector, through placement on sixteen-meter wide boulevards, sited on both exhibition floors.

Arndt (Berlin) will present Circa, 2011 by Indian artist Jitish Kallat (*1974). The 120-part sculpture is painstakingly created to appear like real bamboo scaffolding, thus evoking the transitory image of Mumbai as one sees it today: caught in a state of perennial (re)development.

Jitish Kallat , Allegory of the Unfolding Sky, 2012, Oil, acrylic and pencil on canvas , 203.2 x 172.7 cm, Courtesy ARNDT Berlin and the artist
Jitish Kallat , Allegory of the Unfolding Sky, 2012, Oil, acrylic and pencil on canvas , 203.2 x 172.7 cm, Courtesy ARNDT Berlin and the artist

Yumiko Chiba Associates (Tokyo) will display Noosphere, 2012 by Japanese artist Takuma Uematsu (*1977). The piece consists of three chandeliers made up of small pieces of brightly colored agate stone in-set with shards of mirror. Continue reading

ARTBASEL HONG KONG PREVIEW: ENCOUNTERS: 17 AMBITIOUS, LARGESCALE PROJECTS

Art Basel recently announced the 17 artworks to be presented within the Encounters sector in Hong Kong, dedicated to showing large-scale sculptural installations by leading artists from around the world. Yuko Hasegawa, Chief Curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo and Curator of the Sharjah Biennial 13, curates the sector for the inaugural edition of the Hong Kong show.

The first edition of Art Basel in Hong Kong will showcase 245 of the world’s leading galleries across four sectors. 50 percent of the exhibitors have spaces in Asia and the Asia-Pacific region, underscoring Art Basel’s commitment to the region. While the main sector, Galleries, will present premier established galleries from across the world, Insights is dedicated to presenting precise contextual and thematic presentations by many important artists from the art scene in Asia. The Discoveries sector will provide a platform for ART-BASEL-HK-web-banner2younger galleries and Encounters will show large-scale sculptural installations by leading artists from around the world.

Encounters will offer a strong representation of galleries from Hong Kong, exhibited alongside projects by galleries from India, Japan, Korea, Mainland China, Germany, Ireland, Italy, and the United Kingdom. The works will range from sculptures in traditional media such as marble, wood and bronze to installations inviting audience participation. With some reaching over five meters in height and others taking over 70 square meters of exhibition space, these major artworks will punctuate the Galleries sector, through placement on sixteen-meter wide boulevards, sited on both exhibition floors.

Arndt (Berlin) will present Circa, 2011 by Indian artist Jitish Kallat (*1974). The 120-part sculpture is painstakingly created to appear like real bamboo scaffolding, thus evoking the transitory image of Mumbai as one sees it today: caught in a state of perennial (re)development.

Jitish Kallat , Allegory of the Unfolding Sky, 2012, Oil, acrylic and pencil on canvas , 203.2 x 172.7 cm, Courtesy ARNDT Berlin and the artist

Jitish Kallat , Allegory of the Unfolding Sky, 2012, Oil, acrylic and pencil on canvas , 203.2 x 172.7 cm, Courtesy ARNDT Berlin and the artist

Yumiko Chiba Associates (Tokyo) will display Noosphere, 2012 by Japanese artist Takuma Uematsu (*1977). The piece consists of three chandeliers made up of small pieces of brightly colored agate stone in-set with shards of mirror.

De Sarthe Gallery (Hong Kong) will present Le Rite Suspendue/Mouille, 1991, an eight meter wide installation by French émigré Chinese artist Chen Zhen (1955 – 2000), created from disparate materials including metal, plexiglass, water, earth, sand, found objects and pigment. By collecting as many found objects as possible from the School of Fine Art, Paris, Chen Zhen aimed to recreate the school’s physical force for the viewer.

Zhen Chen, Le Rite Suspendue/Mouille, 1991, Metal, plexiglas, water, earth, sand, pigment, paint, found objects, 280 X 800 X 700 cm, Courtesy de Sarthe Gallery

Zhen Chen, Le Rite Suspendue/Mouille, 1991, Metal, plexiglas, water, earth, sand, pigment, paint, found objects, 280 X 800 X 700 cm, Courtesy de Sarthe Gallery

Galerie Du Monde (Hong Kong) will present Losing, 2008 by Chinese artist Qin Chong (*1968). Taking over 70 square meters of exhibition space, the largest installation on display in Encounters will comprise 18 paper scrolls, each six meters high, painted with soot in intricate patterns. Continue reading

Hong Kong’s Rich & Expansive Art Culture To Attract Global Spotlight At Inaugural Art Basel Hong Kong

Art Epicenter of Asia to Welcome Over 60,000 Key Stakeholders at Premier International Art Show(May 23-26, 2013)

As the third-largest art auction center in the world, Hong Kong continues to garner international acclaim as the art mecca of Asia, prompting the world’s most influential artists, gallerists and collectors—including the renowned Art Basel—to take notice. From May 23-26the premiere edition of Art Basel Hong Kong (www.artbasel.com/en/Hong-Kongdescribed by some as the ‘Olympics of the Art World‘—will welcome art aficionados from around the globe to immerse in the best of Asian and Western art. Featuring 245 of the world’s most influential galleries across 35 territories – half of which are from the Asia-Pacific region alone – the debut Hong Kong edition promises to deliver a dynamic amalgamation of East meets West found only in Asia’s World City. The inaugural show will be presented in four separate show sectors: Galleries, Insights, Discoveries and Encounters, and will also feature extensive opportunities for cultural enlightenment through a robust program of events, panel discussions and presentations led by the art world’s most celebrated thought leaders.

Photo Credit: Hong Kong Tourism Board.  (PRNewsFoto/Hong Kong Tourism Board)

Photo Credit: Hong Kong Tourism Board. (PRNewsFoto/Hong Kong Tourism Board)

Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center © Art Basel 2012

Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center © Art Basel 2012

As one of only three locations to host an international contemporary art fair under the esteemed Art Basel title, Hong Kong is positioned now more than ever to become the next global art powerhouse,” said Bill Flora, U.S. Director of Hong Kong Tourism Board. “With a wide array of world-class art museums, galleries and performance venues, Hong Kong boasts a cultural landscape unlike any other city.”

Zhen Chen, Le Rite Suspendue/Mouille, 1991, Metal, plexiglas, water, earth, sand, pigment, paint, found objects, 280 X 800 X 700 cm. Courtesy de Sarthe Gallery

Zhen Chen, Le Rite Suspendue/Mouille, 1991, Metal, plexiglas, water, earth, sand, pigment, paint, found objects, 280 X 800 X 700 cm. Courtesy de Sarthe Gallery

Art Basel in Hong Kong is a landmark for the city,” said Pascal and Sylvie de Sarthe, Co-founders of de Sarthe Gallery. “At the doorstep of the fastest rising art market in the world, this high quality international art fair is now on every art aficionado’s agenda.Continue reading

ART BASEL MIAMI BEACH ENTERS ITS SECOND DECADE IN MIAMI BEACH WITH A DISPLAY OF PREMIER QUALITY WORKS AND STRONG PROGRAMMING ACROSS THE CITY

2012 EDITION ENDED ON A STRONG NOTE ON ALL FRONTS: GALLERIES ACROSS THE BOARD REPORTED CONSISTENT SALES THROUGHOUT THE WEEK.

ART BASEL MIAMI BEACH 2012 Images by SHELDON BALDIE, Staff Photographer/Fashion+Lifestyle

Other Images courtesy of Art Basel Miami Beach. Art Basel/Basel & Art Basel Hong Kong

Markus Linnebrink, therearethreewaysofdoingthings, 2012, Pigments and Epoxy Resin on Wood, $28,000

Markus Linnebrink, therearethreewaysofdoingthings, 2012, Pigments and Epoxy Resin on Wood, $28,000 – Sheldon Baldie

‘After the destruction that the gallery experienced from Hurricane Sandy it is significant that we were able to show at Art Basel Miami Beach. All of our efforts were rewarded by meaningful sales at the fair and wonderful exposure for our younger artists.’ – STEFANIA BORTOLAMI, BORTOLAMI GALLERY, NEW YORK

Michael Reafsnyder, "Snack Shack", 2012, acrylic on Canvas, 60 X 72 Inches,

Michael Reafsnyder, “Snack Shack”, 2012, acrylic on Canvas, 60 X 72 Inches – Sheldon Baldie

MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA, USA – The 2012 EDITION of ART BASEL in MIAMI BEACH officially closed on Sunday, December 9, with high praise from critics, exhibitors and visitors, calling it Art Basel’s most serious presentation in Miami Beach to date. ART BASEL stages the world’s premier art shows for Modern and contemporary works, sited in BASEL (SWITZERLAND), HONG KONG, and MIAMI BEACH. Defined by its host city and region, each show is unique, which is reflected in its participating galleries, artworks presented, and the content of parallel programming produced in collaboration with local institutions for each edition. In addition to ambitious stands featuring leading galleries from around the globe, each show’s singular exhibition sectors spotlight the latest developments in the visual arts, offering visitors new ideas, new inspiration and new contacts in the art world. www.artbasel.com. Continue reading