Unlimited: Presenting 88 ambitious and large-scale works spanning six decades


This year Unlimited, Art Basel’s unique platform for artworks that transcend the traditional art fair stand, will present 88 projects from galleries participating in the show, a record number of projects for the sector. Curated for the fifth consecutive year by Gianni Jetzer, curator-at-large at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington D.C., Unlimited will showcase a strong selection of works by renowned international artists including AA Bronson, Ai Weiwei, El Anatsui, Kader Attia, Gretchen Bender, Pablo Bronstein, Elmgreen & Dragset, Tracey Emin, Isa Genzken, Dan Graham, Mike Kelley, William Kentridge, Jannis Kounellis, Joseph Kosuth, Louise Lawler, Sol LeWitt, Laura Lima, Paul McCarthy, Pamela Rosenkranz, Martha Rosler, Dieter Roth, Frank Stella and James Turrell.


Since first introduced at Art Basel in 2000, Unlimited has become a key element of the show, providing galleries with a unique opportunity to showcase large-scale sculptures, video projections, installations, wall paintings, photographic series and performance art that cannot be exhibited in a gallery booth at an art fair. A unique platform for galleries, Unlimited provides an impressive overview of both Modern and contemporary art, with work of significant art historical relevance exhibited alongside new work by artists living and working today, across 16,000 square meters of exhibition space. Unlimited is notable for its embrace of the artworld's globalism including pieces by India's Archana Hande, China's Yan Xing and Cheng Ran, Brazilian artist Paulo Nazareth, Singapore's Ho Tzu Nyen and Samson Young of Hong Kong.


Highlights of Unlimited include El Anatsui’s ‘Gli (Wall)’ (2010), presented by Jack Shainman Gallery (New York, Kinderhook), comprised of five hanging curtains made of recycled materials, which come together to create an immense yet contemplative intervention within the space. Presented by David Zwirner (New York, London), Stan Douglas’ ‘Luanda-Kinshasa’ (2013) is set within a reconstruction of the legendary Columbia 30th Street Studio in Midtown Manhattan. Featuring a band of professional musicians improvising together, the work is a documentation of a fictitious recording at the famous studio in the 1970s. galerie frank elbaz (Paris) and Gagosian Gallery (New York, Beverly Hills, London, Paris, Le Bourget, Rome, Athens, Geneva, Hong Kong) will present Davide Balula’s ‘Mimed Sculpture’ (2016), a performance with mimes tracing the invisible presence of art-historically significant sculptures. Gretchen Bender’s monumental 24-monitor multi-projection screen installation, ‘Total Recall’ (1987), will be presented by Metro Pictures (New York). The work explores the accelerated image flow of television and exemplifies Bender’s concept of ‘electronic theatre’, in which she aims to infiltrate the corporate domain of mass media representation by overloading the viewer with information.


Presented by Chemould Prescott Road (Mumbai), Galerie Nathalie Obadia (Paris, Brussels) and Galerie Krinzinger (Vienna), Mithu Sen’s ‘MUO (Museum of Unbelongings)’ (2016) is a display cabinet filled with everyday objects, each individually named and collected by the artist since childhood. In Hans Op de Beeck’s ‘The Collector’s House’ (2016), presented by Galleria Continua (San Gimignano, Beijing, Boissy-le-Châtel, Havana), Marianne Boesky Gallery (New York) and Galerie Krinzinger (Vienna), the viewer will enter an immersive installation of a black and white neoclassical evocation of a private room featuring sculptures, paintings, furniture and books, all handcrafted from soft grey colored plaster as if everything has been frozen and petrified. Miguel Abreu Gallery (New York), Karma International (Zurich, Beverly Hills) and Sprüth Magers (Berlin, London, Los Angeles) will present a site-specific installation by Pamela Rosenkranz. The work, titled ‘Blue Runs’ (2016), furthers Rosenkranz’s ongoing experiments with liquid forms and consists of a continuously recycled thin blue water stream flowing through the faucet of a ceramic sink. All that will be visible to visitors will be the sink and its perpetual blue stream of running water, evoking cultural, political and scientific meanings. ‘Zoom Pavilion’ (2015) by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer in collaboration with Krzysztof Wodiczko, presented by Carroll / Fletcher (London), is an interactive installation that consists of an immersive projection. The piece uses facial recognition algorithms to detect the presence of people within the exhibition space and record their spatial relationship.


Ariel Schlesinger’s ‘Two Good Reasons’ (2015), presented by Galleria Massimo Minini (Brescia), is a repeated choreographed movement between two large sheets of polypropylene. Sprovieri (London) will present ‘Jungle Jam’ (2010) by Chelpa Ferro, a series of food blenders filled with plastic bags in place of the usual cutting devices, which move and shake when activated, creating an original rhythmic sound. Tunga’s sculptural installation ‘Eu, você e a lua (Me, you and the moon)’ (2014), presented by Luhring Augustine (New York, Brooklyn) and Galleria Franco Noero (Turin), relies on the repeated use of symbolic forms. Welded, cast, and made of clay, objects are paired with evocative geological and organic materials, exploring the relationships between language, image and object. David Zwirner (New York, London) will present ‘Six Columns’ (2006) by John McCracken – six monumentally scaled black columns first sketched out by the artist in the 1970s.


Unlimited will once again feature a number of significant historical works, including ‘Damascus Gate, Stretch Variation I’ (1970), a seminal work by Frank Stella presented by Marianne Boesky Gallery (New York), Dominique Lévy Gallery (New York, London) and Sprüth Magers (Berlin, London, Los Angeles). Robert Grosvenor’s ‘Untitled (yellow)’ (1966), presented by Paula Cooper Gallery (New York) and Galerie Max Hetzler (Berlin, Paris), is a recreation of a sculpture by the artist first shown in a survey exhibition of

‘American Sculpture of the Sixties’ in 1967, and is emblematic of the artist’s early installations, in which he presented monumental sculptures that were cantilevered and suspended in space. Sean Kelly (New York) and Sprüth Magers (Berlin, London, Los Angeles) will present ‘Titled (Art as Idea as Idea)’ (1968), Joseph Kosuth’s first ever gallery installation of what has become his dictionary definition series – in this case 10 different definitions of the word ‘nothing’. Alison Knowles’ ‘Make a Salad’ (1962) will be presented by James Fuentes (New York), fifty-four years after its original debut. Performers will prepare various salad ingredients before emptying the contents onto a large tarp and then encouraging onlookers to toss the salad with the artist by holding the edges of the tarp and catapulting the salad into the air, before it is served. In 1973, Dieter Roth began a long-term project known as ‘Flacher Abfall / Flat Waste’ (1975-1976/1992), for which he collected food packaging and other found scraps, before subsequently encasing them in over 600 binders and filing them in bookshelves. Presented here by Hauser & Wirth (Zurich, New York, Los Angeles, London, Somerset), the piece addresses Roth’s artistic role as collector, cataloguer and archivist. Galerie Nagel Draxler (Berlin, Cologne) and Mitchell-Innes & Nash (New York) will present ‘House Beautiful: Bringing The War Home’ (1967-1972) by Martha Rosler, a photomontage work protesting against the Vietnam War, combining Vietnam War photojournalism with cutouts from contemporary home design magazines, thus mixing the prosperity of postwar America with images of soldiers, corpses and wounded Vietnamese civilians to disturbing effect.


A limited-edition catalog, published by Hatje Cantz Publishers, will accompany Unlimited, including descriptive texts and images about each artwork. The catalog is for sale at the show as well as in bookshops. Cost: CHF 50.


Full list of artists and projects presented in Unlimited:


AA Bronson, Esther Schipper


Ai Weiwei, neugerriemschneider


Pierre Alechinsky, Galerie Lelong


El Anatsui, Jack Shainman Gallery


Kader Attia, Lehmann Maupin, Galerie Nagel Draxler


Davide Balula, galerie frank elbaz, Gagosian Gallery


Thomas Bayrle, Gavin Brown's enterprise


Bill Beckley, Galerie Hans Mayer


Gretchen Bender, Metro Pictures


Birdhead, ShanghART Gallery


Marinus Boezem, Borzo


Pablo Bronstein, Herald St, Galleria Franco Noero


Heidi Bucher, The Approach


Pedro Cabrita Reis, Peter Freeman, Inc., Kewenig, Magazzino, Mai 36 Galerie, Sprovieri


Nina Canell, Barbara Wien


Vlassis Caniaris, Galerie Peter Kilchmann


Alan Charlton, Alfonso Artiaco, Konrad Fischer Galerie, A arte Invernizzi, Annely Juda Fine Art, Galerie Tschudi


Chelpa Ferro, Sprovieri


Cheng Ran, Galerie Urs Meile


Colin Siyuan Chinnery, Bernier/Eliades


Christo, Annely Juda Fine Art


Ding Yi, ShanghART Gallery, Waldburger Wouters


Trisha Donnelly, Air de Paris, Casey Kaplan, Galerie Eva Presenhuber


Stan Douglas, Victoria Miro, David Zwirner


Elmgreen & Dragset, Galería Helga de Alvear


Tracey Emin, Xavier Hufkens, Lehmann Maupin, White Cube


Koji Enokura, Taka Ishii Gallery


Jonah Freeman and Justin Lowe, Marlborough Fine Art


Isa Genzken, Hauser & Wirth


Dan Graham, Lisson Gallery


Robert Grosvenor, Paula Cooper Gallery, Galerie Max Hetzler


Peter Halley, Galerie Thomas


Archana Hande, Chemould Prescott Road


Jim Hodges, Stephen Friedman Gallery, Gladstone Gallery, Anthony Meier Fine Arts


Jacqueline Humphries, Galerie Gisela Capitain, Greene Naftali, Stuart Shave/Modern Art


Emilio Isgrò, Tornabuoni Art


Kahlil Joseph, Bernier/Eliades


Anish Kapoor, Gladstone Gallery, Lisson Gallery


Mike Kelley, Skarstedt


Mary Kelly, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects


William Kentridge, Goodman Gallery, Marian Goodman Gallery, Lia Rumma


Alison Knowles, James Fuentes


Joseph Kosuth, Sean Kelly, Sprüth Magers


Jannis Kounellis, Sprovieri


Alicja Kwade, 303 Gallery, König Galerie, kamel mennour


Louise Lawler, Blondeau & Cie


Sol LeWitt, Alfonso Artiaco, Paula Cooper Gallery, Konrad Fischer Galerie


Laura Lima, A Gentil Carioca, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, Galeria Luisa Strina


Rafael Lozano-Hemmer in collaboration with


Krzysztof Wodiczko, Carroll / Fletcher


Chris Martin, Anton Kern Gallery, David Kordansky Gallery


Paul McCarthy, Hauser & Wirth


John McCracken, David Zwirner


Lucy McKenzie, Galerie Buchholz, Cabinet


Julie Mehretu, carlier gebauer


Prabhavathi Meppayil, Pace, Esther Schipper / Johnen Galerie, GALLERYSKE


Jonathan Monk, Meyer Riegger, Blondeau & Cie, Dvir Gallery, Lisson Gallery


Ciprian Mureșan, David Nolan Gallery, Galeria Plan B


Paulo Nazareth, Mendes Wood DM, Galleria Franco Noero, Meyer Riegger


Hans Op de Beeck, Marianne Boesky Gallery, Galleria Continua, Galerie Krinzinger


Tony Oursler, Lisson Gallery


Adam Pendleton, Galeria Pedro Cera


Tobias Pils, Galerie Gisela Capitain, Galerie Eva Presenhuber


Steven Pippin, Gavin Brown's enterprise


Pope.L, Mitchell-Innes & Nash


Gerwald Rockenschaub, Mehdi Chouakri, Galerie Vera Munro, Galerie Eva Presenhuber


Tim Rollins and K.O.S., Lehmann Maupin, Galerie Eva Presenhuber


Pamela Rosenkranz, Miguel Abreu Gallery, Karma International, Sprüth Magers


James Rosenquist, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac


Martha Rosler, Mitchell-Innes & Nash, Galerie Nagel Draxler


Dieter Roth, Hauser & Wirth


Ariel Schlesinger, Galleria Massimo Minini


Mithu Sen, Chemould Prescott Road, Galerie Krinzinger, Galerie Nathalie Obadia


Paul Sharits, Greene Naftali


Alan Shields, Van Doren Waxter


Chiharu Shiota, Galerie Daniel Templon


Laurie Simmons, Salon 94


Frances Stark, Gavin Brown's enterprise


Frank Stella, Marianne Boesky Gallery, Dominique Lévy Gallery, Sprüth Magers


Rayyane Tabet, Sfeir-Semler Gallery


Antoni Tàpies, Galerie Lelong


Wolfgang Tillmans, David Zwirner


Tunga, Luhring Augustine, Galleria Franco Noero


James Turrell, OMR


Ho Tzu Nyen, STPI


Haegue Yang, Kukje Gallery / Tina Kim Gallery


Samson Young, Galerie Gisela Capitain, team (gallery, inc.)


Gilberto Zorio, Lia Rumma