Art Basel Cities Week
6 – 12 September 2018
Under the artistic direction of Cecilia Alemani, Art Basel Cities Week features ‘Hopscotch (Rayuela)’, an inventive, multi-venue exhibition that connects visual arts, urban spaces, and the city’s histories in unexpected ways, alongside a robust suite of exhibitions, artist talks, and events hosted by our Cultural Partners.
Art Basel Cities: Buenos Aires is a multi-year program of initiatives that celebrate the city’s thriving cultural ecosystem. Working with an array of local Cultural Partners, Art Basel Cities is bridging the distance between the international and Argentine artworlds through a series of long-term professional collaborations, projects, and exchanges, amplifying Buenos Aires’s position as a cultural destination of choice. For further information please visit www.artbasel.com/cities
UBS is proud to support Art Basel Cities as Global Lead Partner.
Curated by Cecilia Alemani, ‘Hopscotch (Rayuela)’ is a journey through Buenos Aires as seen through the eyes of 18 international and Argentine artists.
This public exhibition borrows its name and concept from the experimental 1963 novel by Argentine writer Julio Cortázar and from the timeless children’s street game popular in many cultures. Like the nonlinear sequence of the book and game, the exhibition hopscotches through the city, offering numerous possible paths through three neighborhoods.
The selected artists have realized artworks in close dialogue with their venues, shaping a multilayered experience that connects visual art, urban spaces, and the city’s histories in unexpected ways. From site- specific sculptures and experiential installations to live performances and participatory actions, ‘Hopscotch (Rayuela)’ proposes new types of civic and social engagement, weaving individuals and collectivities into innovative modes of co-existence.
KBB coordinated the entire production for Hopscotch, manufacturing artworks locally in collaboration with the artists and a large team of assistants, producers, artists and curators. The team was hired in Buenos Aires through KBB to manage the entire project from February till October 2018. This continued, in a smaller scale, for a second event that happened during the Buenos Aires art week in 2019.