BASEL – Caroline Lang, Chairman of Sotheby’s Switzerland and Basel native, shares her idea of what to do while in and out of the world’s biggest art fair.

Courtesy of the Grand Hotel and Les Trois Rois.

Chez Donati
This old favourite within Les Trois Rois Grand Hotel overlooks the Rhine and is known for its Italian classics such as salad piémontaise. I would also recommend the Kunsthalle, which has always been a gathering place for the art crowd. And for a restorative drink after touring the fair, there’s Volkshaus, Acqua Bar, Käfer inside Art Basel, Peter Wyss and Schuetzenhaus.

Paul Chan. Photograph by Jean vong / Courtesty the artist and Greene Naftali, New York.

Paul Chan
Untitled (after St. Caravaggio)

Housing works from the Emanuel Hoffmann Foundation, Schaulager blurs the boundaries between the museum and the warehouse. Until October their public exhibition gives fans of the innovative New York–based artist Paul Chan an opportunity to look back over his work to date in media ranging from video and architecture to painting and writing.

Courtesy Johann Wanner.

Johann Wanner
Situated in the heart of the old town next to the Marktplatz, it’s Christmas all year round at this shop that sells haute couture for your tree. It’s one of my favourite stores in the city, both for its originality and for the ornaments, which are works of art in their own right.

Photograph by Howard Barlow. 

In Just the Blink of an Eye
Art Basel

The Fondation Beyeler, Art Basel and Theater Basel will produce a major live-art exhibition this year entitled 14 Rooms. The show, curated by Klaus Biesenbach and Hans Ulrich Obrist, who is also curating a major Gerhard Richter show at the Beyeler, will feature performance works by artists including Marina Abramović, Ed Atkins, Damien Hirst, Otobong Nkanga and Xu Zhen.

Courtesy Kunstmuseum Basel, Amerbach–Kabinett, 1662.

Hans Holbein the Younger
The Dead Christ in the Tomb
Kunstmuseum Basel

Return to  art history with works ranging from my favourite painting of all time – Hans Holbein the Younger’s The Dead Christ in the Tomb from 1521 – to special exhibitions of work by Kazimir Malevich and Marcel Broodthaers.