When I was invited to visit Basel for another weekend I was thrilled that there was a gallery at our travel program I didn’t know about before. I really like galleries and I think they’re an underestimated part of the art businesses value chain. Of course there are a lot of shops which are called gallery and they’re defiantly not, but a real gallery is a wonderful place. A true gallery owner is a helpless optimist and one of the biggest supporters of art you could possible know. Normally they invest a fortune if they believe in someone and they would do everything it takes to make great art famous. Well, of course if an artist gets famous the art works get expensive but the big prices you sometimes read about, are normally made in the auctions – the so called secondary market.
As I already told you I collect art and I always buy it at my favorite gallery because it’s a promise for a certain quality and the art’s authenticity. Another positive part of galleries is that they do a lot of exhibitions and you can see them for free because everyone is a potential buyer. And a long time before you will see a young artist in a museum exhibition you can see him in galleries.
So much about galleries 😉 The one we visited in Basel was the one of Nicolas Krupp. The gallery holds individual and group exhibitions six times each year and has been a regular participant in the Art Basel international art show since 2008. Nicolas Krupp who is a very nice person and opened the gallery early in the morning just for us, presents paintings, graphic art, sculpture, photography, video installations and new media art by a wide variety of contemporary artists. Right now there is an solo exhibition of the Czech photographer Viktor Kolář (born 7 September 1941). He is considered one of the most important exponents of Czech documentary photography. His works are therefore represented in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago), International Centre of Photography (New York),Maison Européenne de la Photographie (Paris), Museum Ludwig, (Cologne) and Victoria and Albert Museum (London). Kolář focuses mainly on depicting urban life in the Ostrava region. I really liked his works and were especially happy about the solo presentation because I find most group exhibitions quite boring. You can never really explore a certain artist with them but a topic and that’s so not my thing – well if the topic is interesting it can be, but on a regular basis I prefer solo exhibitions and this one was really worth it.
A big thank you to Nicolas Krupp for opening his gallery for us and to Basel tourism for the invitation.