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Five Artists in the Basel Spotlight: Petrit Halilaj’s Falling Stars, Ugo Rondinone’s Golden Touch and Mona Hatoum Makes a Big Oil Statement

3 min read  ·  13 Jun 2024

Petrit Halilaj’s When the sun goes away we paint the sky, an Art Basel and UBS co-commision marking their 30 years of partnership, is installed on the façade of the former Hotel Merian, Basel. Photo credit: Peter Macdiarmid, courtesy of Art Basel

Petrit Halilaj has installed illuminated fallen stars on the Hotel Merian, a presentation jointly commissioned by UBS and Art Basel The empty hotel overlooking the Rhine hosts live events during the fair.

Ugo Rondinone’s wall of everyday objects covered in gold leaf at Esther Schipper is among the eye-catching works at Art Basel, reports Artsy.

Elmgreen & Dragset, whose animatronic sculptures are on show at Pace Geneva, tell The Art Newspaper the artists in their sights at Art Basel.

Nairy Baghramian’s uncanny sculptures have gone on show at Hauser & Wirth in Zurich, coinciding with Art Basel, Elephant reports.

Mona Hatoum’s installation Fossil Folly has come straight from last year’s Sharjah Biennial to the booth of Galerie Chantal Crousel, making ARTnews's pick of Art Basel.

In other news

New York: The home of Anne Pasternak, the director of the Brooklyn Museum, has been attacked by Pro-Palestine activists.

London: Anya Gallaccio has been selected to create the city’s first public work of art that is a memorial to the victims of HIV/Aids.

"‘We have bum-rushed my hometown in true Baltimore style!’ Joyce J. Scott on her retrospective at the Baltimore Museum of Art, which coincides with eight shows in the city devoted to her mother, Elizabeth Talford Scott."

- The New York Times

Joyce J. Scott, Aloft (2016-17); Shhhhh! (2012); Inkisi: St. John the Conqueror, (2009/23); and Everywoman’s Harriet (2017). Copyright the artist. Photo by Mitro Hood, courtesy of Baltimore Museum of Arts