Fleeting installations involving living people stole the show at this year’s Art Basel, the world’s biggest meeting place for deep-pocketed collectors.
Open one door to see a naked woman perched on a bicycle seat high on a wall, enter another room and find twins reading identical books under a pair of dot paintings. Believe it or not, this was the highlight of this year's Art Basel, in Switzerland.
The show, where everything is usually for sale — at a hefty price — has for its 45th edition dedicated a section called 14 Rooms to performances and live art by top international artists. ”It’s really about creating experiences with human beings as the material,” Art Basel director Marc Spiegler said.
Marina Abramovic’s 1997 piece Luminosity, in which a naked woman uncomfortably straddles a bicycle seat fixed onto a wall and bathed in bright light, explores themes of “loneliness and spiritual elevation”, according to organisers.