Volta Art Fair – must-visit at Art Basel

With the Art Basel starting tomorrow, the city turns again into a big art stage, presenting the fine artworks from many of the world’s leading galleries. The exhibitions and fairs will be welcoming art lovers and collectors all over the city.

Volta Art Fair is one of the must-visits during this year’s Basel Art Fair. This fair is located at the renovated venue at Elsässerstrasse 215a, away from the Messe’s crowds and features 69 galleries from across five continents and 50 cities. VOLTA hosts galleries and stages ambitious solo and group presentations, focusing the experience on its essential elements: the artists and their artwork.

We got to see the preview today, and we really loved the whole experience. The selection of galleries this year is really amazing and below I am sharing some of my favourite booths. I hope it gives you a glimpse of VOLTA and will inspire you to visit this year’s edition.

SHUKADO Gallery from Tokyo

In this project SHUKADO Gallery shows 5 artists and Ukiyo-e woodblock prints. I have a thing for Japanese art and the art of Ikenaga Yasunari really caught my attention. Painted on his own dyed linen canvas, his “bijinga (Portraits/ prints of beautiful women)” provide a sophisticated texture and taste.

Below his “silent memory – Karen”

Sola Olulode from ARTPOWHER Contemporary
This year’s VOLTA is welcoming three Swiss galleries and ARTPOWHER Contemporary’s exhibition is my favourite.
Sola Olulode is a British-Nigerian London based artist, who works with various mediums of natural dyeing, batik, wax, ink, pastel, oil bar, and impasto she develops textural canvases that explore the fluidities of identities and in her artworks shares dreamy queer visions of British Black Womxn and Non-Binary Folx.

Boldi and Mózes Incze from Léna Roselli Gallery

Léna Roselli Gallery from Budapest stages a two-booth presentation this year. I really loved the one, where you can find fine sculptures of artist BOLI and paintings of Mózes Incze. The exhibition is a dialog on “How Humans Relate to the World”. It’s a perfect combination of modernist sculpture and beautiful oil paintings that combine Surrealist and abstract passages.

Yoca Muta from Gallery Kogure

This year Gallery Kogure from Tokyo presents new kutani-yaki (Japanese porcelain) works by Yoca Muta. This Japanese artist blends traditional methods with elements of pop culture such as ancient Japanese patterns and themes, western drawings, and contemporary Japanese manga.

Alzueta Gallery
Alzueta Gallery with locations in Barcelona and Madri is committed to modernity, to radicalism, to transformation and its main goal is to represent the time in which it lives. My favourite from this booth was the portraits by the Spanish painter Xevi Solà.

Opening hours:

Monday, September 20th – 14:00-20:00
Tuesday, September 21st – 10:00-18:00
Wednesday, September 22nd – 10:00-18:00
Thursday, September 23rd – 10:00-18:00
Saturday, September 25th – 10:00-18:00
Sunday, September 26th – 10:00-17:00

Covid-19 guidelines:

In compliance with the regulations set forth by the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health, all visitors to the fair need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, provide a recent negative COVID-19 test, or be fully recovered within the past six months. Please read more about the Art Basel’s guidelines HERE.

This blogpost was written in paid partnership with Volta Art Fairs. All opinions are authentically my own.


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