Art Basel: Aesthetic Escapism (Satis Shroff, Freiburg-Kappel)

Art Basel: Aesthetic Escapism (Satis Shroff, Freiburg-Kappel)



The queen of art expositions


Opened her doors,


A big happening in Helvetia’s Basle,


For the forty first time.



A nexus for art connoisseurs,


Worshippers, gallerists, hipsters,


Stars and starlets,


Very important persons,


Not so important persons,


Artists and dabblers,


Praising their extravagant love


Of art.



Art talks in trendy taverns,


To celebrate ten galleries.


Ten artists even depicted


Basle’s cathedral, the ferry


And Vater Rhine


In their art projects:


Sans agonies and trauma of war


In Irak, Kirgistan, Afghanistan,


Sans oil spills and animals dying,


Sans natural calamities.



Pure escapism,


Beauty, taste and art,


Away from the gruesome reality.


Aesthetic flight


In the realm of fantasy,


The works of 2500 artists and sculptors.


To see


And be seen,


From Wednesday till Sunday


In July.



The founder of Art Basel,


Ernst Beyeler died with 88.


What he left behind,


Became the Olym of the art world.


Money and art,


The parallel worlds


Of Alicja Kwade.


A creation of some,


The whims of others.



A Picasso picture


Sold for eleven million euros.


A beautiful work of Marc Quinn’s


‘Bloke With a Cigar’ done in gold,


Was the central figure.


Vienna’s Werner Oskar Jilge


Posed as a living solar lantern.


T293 was a delight


With two retro loudspeakers,


Orange tubes and a box


Mounted on metal legs,


Done by Alberto Tadiello.



Hall Number One


Had exhibits


Of fifty-six world artists.


Gigantic video installations,


Sergio Prego’s blown-up sculpture.


That was Art Unlimited.



The exhibits have been returned,


To their respective owners,


Others have changed hands.


What remains is the good taste


Of aesthetic escapism.


Creative guys don’t fall down


The social gutter,


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