AO on site – Art 42 Basel 2011: a preview of the Swiss Art Awards

June 19th, 2011

All photos by Caroline Claisse for Art Observed

The Swiss Art Awards ran concurrently to Basel this year, with 30 prizes of 27,000 Swiss Francs, awarded to 32 Swiss artists as announced this week. The exhibition of these winners was at Hall 3, Messezentrum Basel for the duration of the Art Fair. It was a highly selective process, whittling down 536 submissions to 88 participants in the second round, and from there down to the final winners. The award is decided by the Federal Office of Culture.

A sculpture by Luc Mattenberger

More text and images after the jump

Katia Ritz The three sounds at 317 E 5th St (2011)

Dreier Frenzel, Architecture + Communication, Yves Dreier, Eik Frenzel malentendusmissverstandnisse (2011)

David Renggli Stairway to Heaven (Led Zeppelin) (2010)

Cristian Andersen

Brigitte Datwyler Pleasure of Experience (2011)

Benoît Billotte Architectone (2011)

Anne-Sophie Estoppey

Antal Thoma

Sam Graf

RAFAA Rafael Schmidt J’adore Aglisia (2011)

Pedro Wirz

Niklaus Ruegg Fat Ghost falling flat (Dickes Gespenst) (2011)

Mohéna Kuhni Ouvrages (2011)

Mio Chareteau Day-1 (2011)