Top 11 Booths at ArtGenève 2017 (Part 1)

Less is more: this is a mantra one can apply to (almost) anything in life. But is particularly true when it comes to Art. Based on this premise,  artgenève opens to the public today.

The Swiss art fair, now at its 6th edition, aims to establish an artistic platform in the Suisse Romande, and it considers itself at the very forefront of modern and contemporary art. The “boutique” caters to the requirements of the Lake Geneva region’s many collectors and art-lovers.

Already in 2014, fair’s director Thomas Hug claimed that artgenève  “reached maturity” — at least as far as size was concerned. The advantages of a small fair are obvious: this year, 85 galleries from 16 countries will enjoy a 17’000 sqm space, which means they can indulge in larger booths, without clumping all the works in an overwhelming ensemble. The second, and perhaps most important, factor is quality control, made easier by the relatively modest number of participants.

Counting on “regulars” such as Gagosian Gallery and Blain|Southern, the fair has this year a lot to offer. I was really impressed by the museum-quality works on display.

Due to its contained size, it is possible to visit the fair in one day. There are a number of outstanding presentations, 11 of which are highlighted for you below.

  1. Tornabuoni Art – Booth A11
Lucio Fontana, Concetto Spaziale, 1953 (courtesy of the gallery)
Giorgio De Chirico, Piazza d’Italia con Piedistallo Vuoto, 1955 (courtesy of the gallery)

2. Galerie Von Vertes – Booth B7

Yayoi Kusama, Infinity Dots (1987) / Water Drops (1990) / Pumpkin (1995), (courtesy of the gallery)
Gerhard Richter, Abstrakte Bild (432-9), 1978 (courtesy of the gallery)
Victor Vasarely, Caope-Neg, 1964 (courtesy of the gallery)

3.  Galeria Mayoral – Booth B5


4. Bernheim Fine Art – Booth C3

An ensemble by Lucien Clergue, works dated between 1956-78, (courtesy of the gallery)


5. Robilant + Voena – Booth B4

Enrico Castellani, Superficie Bianca, 1970 (courtesy of the gallery)
Alberto Burri, Cretti: A and Cretti: C, both dated 1971 (courtesy of the gallery)

6.  Galeria Marc Domènech – Booth C4

Ferdinand Léger, Nature Morte au Broc, 1949 (courtesy of the gallery)
Juan Gris, Verre, Pipe er Boîtes, 1924 (courtesy of the gallery)


7.  Grob Gallery – Booth C5

Irving Penn, Marlene Dietrich, 1948 (courtesy of the gallery)
Beautiful vintage gelatine silver print by Constantin Brancusi. Still Life, The Miracle, c. 1934 / Bouquet, c. 1930 / Lily, 1933, (courtesy of the gallery)


8.  Maruani Mercier – Booth D16

Gavin Turk, Double Blue Elvis, 2011 (courtesy of the gallery)
Gavin Turk, Marat Yellow, 2016 (courtesy of the gallery)


9.  Galerie Nathalie Obadia – Booth C31

Andres Serrano, Sitting by the Western Wall, Jerusalem (Jerusalem), 2014 (courtesy of the gallery)


10.  Blondeau & CIE – Booth C23

Work on the LEFT: Louise Lawler, Gray, photographed in 2008 and produced in 2011 // On the RIGHT: Djordie Ozbolt, Untitled, 2012 (courtesy of the gallery)
Works by Jim Shaw and Raymond Pettibon


11.  König Galerie – Booth B22

Tatiana Trouvé, Untitled, 2016 (courtesy of the gallery)
Works by Alicia Kwade, one of Berlin’s art scene fav darlings. On the LEFT: Ein Monat (März 2017), 2016 // On the RIGHT: End-Wicklung, 2016 (courtesy of the gallery)
On of MY personal favs: Camille Henrot, 10 Signs of Bipolar: Dear Hunter, 2015 (courtesy of the gallery) >>> Please please PLEASE discard the pattern on the picture: that’s an unfortunate reflection on the glass!


Artgenève will take place from 26 – 29 January at Palexpo Geneva, Hall 2.

You can reach Palexpo easily by train: get off at Geneva Airport station and simply walk there. Some other practical info are listed below.
Opening hours

Thursday, January 26th 12:00 – 20:00
Friday, January 27th 12:00 – 20:00
Saturday, January 28th 12:00 – 20:00
Sunday, January 29th 12:00 – 20:00


adults 20.-CHF
groups (20 people. min.) 12.-CHF
seniors*/students*/children 6-16 years old 10.-CHF
children 0-6 years old free entrance