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VOLTA4 Show Opens Today In Basel With Auxiliary Projects and Events
Winter/Hoerbelt installation of MENSA, Munich, Germany.
BASEL.-VOLTA4—opening on June 2nd—announces auxiliary projects and events, including a return of last year’s Outdoor | Sculpture Projects, introducing a works on paper section as well as supplementary artists’ projects that include the Waterside Pavilion, designed by German artist team Wolfgang Winter and Berthold Hoerbelt and the fair’s main entrance, The Gate of Woodoo, designed by Basel based artistic duo, yummy industries. Also two special editions by this year’s Whitney Biennial participants, Melanie Schiff and Eduardo Sarabia.

The VOLTA4 Outdoor Sculpture Project section will once again enliven the Ultra Brag area, with large-scale works and performances, too difficult to show in a standard booth presentation. The projects this year either address the location itself (using the water, the bridge, the grass hillside) or emit light, so that in the evening the illumination changes the abandoned aspect of the harbour area and lights up the pavilion where performances and collector dinners are to be staged.

The Pavilion itself—designed and constructed by Frankfurt-based artists Wolfgang Winter and Berthold Hoerbelt with support by Nüssli, the company responsible for building the VOLTA fair—acts as an architectural counterweight to the main hall, taking advantage of Ultra Brag’s area situation next to the Rhine. Featured inside the Pavilion is the large-scale Winter/Hoerbelt work Mensa, a long steel table, out of which the silhouette of 120 place settings have been cut. All the “unnecessary” parts of the table have been sliced away leaving only the geometric shapes of the dinner service.

Corresponding to a difficult time in some countries in our planet, 20% of the sale of any of the smaller 6-seater dinner tables by Winter+Hoerbelt will go directly to the international relief organization People in Need (PIN). Working directly with local churches, religious communities and NGO's, PINs members travel directly to disaster areas cash-in-hand to distribute funds directly to the organizations and victims in need.

The Waterside Pavilion will host also performances by Chicago-based art duo Miller & Shellabarger and other events; during the Press & Professional Preview curator Paco Barragán`s new book, The Art Fair Age, published by CHARTA Books will be presented. The Art Fair Age examines in an analytical, well-documented and irreverent manner the ongoing evolution of the art fair phenomenon.

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