press release

New Art Fair in Basel will offer focused vision on cutting-edge art presented by a mix of distinctive galleries from Canada, Europe, Japan, Mexico, and the US, presented in a stunning 25,000 square-foot former voltage plant along the River Rhine.

Friedrich Loock, Kavi Gupta, and Ulrich Voges are pleased to present the VOLTAshow 01, a platform for the presentation cutting-edge galleries from around the world whose mandate is to work with emerging artists, on view in Basel for the very first time from June 14th to June 19th, 2005.

VOLTAshow is envisaged as an art fair for the next generation, conceived by galleries for galleries, a non-profit enterprise based on a spirit of commitment and cooperation among fellow dealers who share a distinctive vision. The inaugural party will be held on Saturday June 18th, featuring a live performance by Liquid Architecture, the band composed of Audrey Mascina and Jerome Sans, contemporary art agitator and esteemed curator of the Palais de Tokyo.

VOLTAshow will take place at the impressive Voltahalle, located close to the River Rhine, with additional especially designed architecture that will extend the space to even greater proportions. The 25,000 sq ft hall features bright, sunlit spaces with soaring, three-story high ceilings that will provide ample room for spacious booths. The stands are kept affordable to allow galleries the greatest opportunity to show risky, new work-such as installations, performances or sound pieces, alongside more traditional media. The ambience of VOLTAshow will be less a market and more an exhibition, tightly curated by like-minded dealers. Expect to find the best new art from around the world in originally presented booths by some of the most promising dealers around, with galleries from Asia, Europe and The Americas. These include:

Bellwether, Spencer Brownstone Gallery, Foxy Production, Zach Feuer Gallery (LFL), and Roebling Hall from New York; Black Dragon Society and The Happy Lion from LA; Kavi Gupta, Chicago; the AGENCY contemporary, f a projects, David Risley Gallery, and STORE from London; Galerie Herve Loevenbruck, Paris; Milliken, Stockholm; Torch, Amsterdam; Voges + Partner, Frankfurt; Wohnmaschine, Berlin; Thomas Rehbein Galerie, Cologne; nicolas krupp contemporary art gallery, Basel; Espacio Minimo, Madrid; Galeria Enrique Guerrero, Mexico City; Artcore/Fabrice Marcolini, Toronto; and Taro Nasu Gallery, Tokyo.

Taking impetus from the fact that this is a Venice Biennale year, VOLTAshow is exploiting it's prime location on the water with an exclusive VIP lounge and restaurant with a sun deck that overlooks the river. Visitors can reach VOLTAshow by a special vaporetto-style ferry shuttle-which will connect the Voltahalle, the Museum fur Gegenwartskunst and LISTE-or in the VIP speedboat; visitors can also reach VOLTAshow by tram number 1/14 directly from the main fair.


VOLTAshow 01
Organisation: Friedrich Loock (Wohnmaschine, Berlin), Ulrich Voges (Voges + Partner, Frankfurt), Kavi Gupta (Kavi Gupta, Chicago)

James Alridge, Marc Bauer, Michael Bell-Smith, Anne Berning, Johanna Billing, Olivier Blanckart, Sebastiaan Bremer, Ian Burns, David Burrows, Matt Calderwood, Gary Carsley, Adam Cvijanovic, Daniel Dewar & Gregory Gicquel, Blaise Drummond, Fred Eerdekens, Per Enoksson, Chris Evans, Ryan Gander, Miguel Angel Gaueca, Luis Gispert & Jeffrey Reed, Felix Gmelin, Kevin Francis Gray, Angelina Gualdoni, Roderick Harris, Claire Harvey, Arjan van Helmond, Jochem Hendricks, Anton Henning, Dan Holdsworth, Anya Janssen, Chris Johanson, Michael Kalmbach, Izima Kaoru, Takehito Koganezawa, Masakatsu Kondo, Henry Krokatsis, Michael Kunze, Zilla Leutenegger, Nikolaus List, Tim Lokiec, Loretta Lux, Bernhard Martin, Enrique Marty, Philippe Mayaux, Mathieu Mercier, Florian Merkel, Isaac Montoya, Ivan Navarro, David Noonan, David Opdyke, Bruno Peinado, Liliana Porter, Paper Rad , Neal Rock, Terry Rodgers, Sterling Ruby, Adam Scott, Simone Shubuck, Allison Smith, Aaron Spangler, Johannes Spehr, Yoshihiro Suda, Eve Sussman, Marc Swanson, Phoebe Washburn, Carrie Yamaoka, Yuh-Shioh Wong, John Wood / Paul Harrison ...