June 13th - 17th, 2018 

A Collaborative Exhibition

 Clarahofweg 25 | Ch-4058 Basel | Switzerland

The Today Is The Day Foundation, SAAB Projects, and The Tomita Family Collection are pleased to announce a collaborative exhibition experience this June in Basel, Switzerland. Masterfully curated by legendary artist Noritoshi Hirakawa, Untapped is a three piece show that thematically addresses the supreme unleashing of potential. Untapped embraces new approaches for the exploration of emerging artists while paying homage to art's traditional history.

Untapped is located one block from Messeplatz, Art Basel Center at Clarahofweg 25, 4058 Basel and will be open to the public on Wednesday June 13th until Sunday June 17th from 10 AM to 9 PM. There will be a private preview opening on Tuesday the 12th from 6 PM to 10 PM.


Saab Projects: A NEW PULSE

Saab Projects is partnering with ArtToken to present a hybrid physical and virtual art show at Art Basel 2018, Switzerland. Co-founded by SAAB Projects CEO Elise Saab, ArtToken is a NYC-based blockchain company that is establishing a proprietary blockchain platform for virtual art. By applying a unique crypto code, ArtToken allows identification and tracking of digital assets, applying the same scarcity value and provenance associated with physical artworks. This concept tests the framework that places art’s value solely in the physical realm and will set art free into an unexplored dimension of digital processes.

This year SAAB will showcase works that encapsulate the theme of societal structures imposed on the human psyche and artistic interaction with the boundaries that this relationship creates. The works of emerging and established artists Arthur Brouthers, Ayakamay, Avery Nejam, Henry Quinson and Noritoshi Hirakawa explore the reactions found in their work that spans across multiple mediums through both the physical and the virtual. In this way we hope that like our artists who test the boundaries of society, we may push the boundaries of the art world and establish a new, more virtual platform for both artmaking and collecting.



The Today is the Day Foundation

The Today Is The Day Foundation will be exhibiting works from the portfolio A Line Is a Dot That Went For a Walk, works by Jessica Diamond, David Balula, and Carissa Rodriguez curated by Art Basel Unlimited Director Gianni Jetzer. Proceeds from sales will go on to support the Foundation’s art programs which were established as trauma care for the children of Fukushima who have suffered the effects of the 2011 nuclear disaster. The collection will include prints, mixed media, and photographs.

“The Foundation’s purpose is to create an ontological vision that transcends the structures and workings of the existing system and put it into practice. It is in art’s nature to explore the existence and function of free will, and to fundamentally transcend contrivance to construct a social model that allows human existence to stand on its own.” - Founder and renowned artist Noritoshi Hirakawa

Additional selected works from the oeuvre of artist Les Levine will also be on view with proceeds going to support the Foundation's programs. Renowned Irish American artist Les Levine is best known for his groundbreaking work within the realm of conceptual art. His work pushed the boundaries of new media and and tested the meaning of what is and what is not an art object. This year, 10 different works of Levine’s will be showcased including, to name a few, Form Illusions (1979), Confuse Jumble (1979), and Taste Makes Waste (1979).


Consciousness Untapped: Selections from the Tomita Family Collection

Since 2016, the Tomita Family has supported Noritoshi Hirakawa’s Today is the Day Foundation, a cause dedicated to garnering awareness and support for Japanese children impacted by 2011’s Great Tohoku Earthquake. Noritoshi writes on the Foundation’s mission “For hundreds of years, we have lain asleep; our consciousness untapped. But the March 11th tragedy and the uncontrollable and ongoing nuclear disaster have pried open the door. It has also exposed the essential nature of modern society and hierarchy of control. We are now at the edge of a great transformation in consciousness because we are starting to question the very value of human existence and its meaning.”

Hirakawa’s curation selects pieces from the Tomita Collection that draw light to the collateral domino effect of political inconvenience and mass global immigration driven by tragedy and hope, which has led to mutually exclusive cultures colliding, and a power struggle between the dominate and the suppressed.

The Tomita Collection includes several hundred pieces from emerging, mid​-​career and established artists including Ole Aakjaer, Shusaku Arakawa, Nobuyoshi Araki, Ayakamay, Davide Belula, Cecily Brown, Niclas Castello, Jessica Diamond, Noritoshi Hirakawa, Damien Hirst, Les Levine, Brad Kahlhamer, Kaws, Aaron Taylor Kuffner, Yayoi Kusama, Sergey Melnitchenko, Tatsuo Miyajima, Daido Moriyama, Richard Mosse, Takashi Murakami, Yoshitomo Nara, Avery Nejam, Henry Quinson, Carissa Rodriguez, Kiki Smith, Kinki Texas, and Dan Walsh.




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