GRAB YOUR PASSPORT AND FOLLOW THE INTERNATIONAL ART SCENE, WHERE MARINA ABRAMOVIC, JEFF KOONS, JANA EULER, AND OTHERS ARE HOLDING COURT
"Bigger is better” might be the driving ethos of an art world that has been going through a prolonged period of expansion and ascension—and summer is blockbuster season! On June 11, Marina Abramović checks in to the Serpentine Gallery, in London’s Hyde Park, where she will remain in residence through August 25, creating a new performance as well as reenacting works from throughout her career. That same week, the second edition of the Hammer Museum’s “Made in L.A.” biennial of SoCal art will open (on view through September 7). A total of 35 artists are featured in the show, including Harry Dodge, Kim Fisher, Samara Golden, and Wu Tsang. Back in Europe, while there is no Venice Biennale in even years, Art Basel, in Basel, Switzerland, will commence like clockwork on June 19. Two hundred and thirty-two galleries from around the world will comprise the main section. Plenty of confusingly named sidebars promise highlights, like Beatriz Gonzalez and Johanna Calle at Bogotá gallery Casas Riegner, in the Feature section, and Estonian artist Katja Novitskova at Berlin’s Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler, in the Statements section. Curator Gianni Jetzer returns to organize the more than 70 sculptures, videos, and performances that make up the Unlimited section (on view through June 22). A few weeks later, on June 29, on the isle of Manhattan, the Whitney Museum will open its final exhibition at its Marcel Breuer home on Madison Avenue. It might be the venerated institution’s most anticipated show, among fans and detractors alike: a nearly museum-wide retrospective of American savant extraordinaire Jeff Koons. While the Breuer building is no Versailles, the event is sure to be a marriage of art and architecture, one that will make both headlines and history, as well as inspire the most #artselfies in New York this summer (on view through October 19). High up and over yonder, in Colorado, the Aspen Art Museum’s Shigeru Ban–designed building, situated at the base of Aspen Mountain, will open its doors on August 9 with a slew of new exhibitions and a 24-hour celebration. Shows by Tomma Abts, Cai Guo-Qiang, Jim Hodges, and Rosemarie Trockel are anchored by a two-person exhibition pairing the work of Yves Klein with that of David Hammons. In addition, various humanitarian structures designed by Ban will be on view, including his Paper Log House, built for the 1995 earthquake in Kobe, Japan, and Hualin Temporary Elementary School, constructed after the Sichuan earthquake of 2008. Finally, as a counterpoint to all the largesse, Kunsthalle Zürich will close the summer with the first solo institutional show by painter Jana Euler, opening on August 29. Shown at the Whitney last year with sculptor Stewart Uoo, Euler’s canvases collide abstraction and figuration and fold the complexity of networked life into misleadingly simple frames, laden with symbols, faces, and forms that compete with one another for surface supremacy.