Must know: German Artist Falls Into Venice Canal and Drowns While Working on New Paintings
German painter Ekkehard Drefke drowned in Venice. He had lost his balance and fell into the Grand Canal while photographing the city, the Kölner Stadt Anzeiger reports. Drefke was 75 years old. Drefke fell off the jetty at Santa Maria del Giglio station while taking photos that would serve as the basis for the new series of paintings. Gondolieri and water police tried to save the man, who was photographing a performer when he tripped and drowned. refke, who was born in Berlin, was an artist, educator, and cultural manager. “He wasn't simply an artist but rather a central figure in the cultural network of the city of Brühl, and has left his mark on the local art scene and beyond," city officials said in a statement.
Must see: Smashing works to feature in Art Basel’s Unlimited
One of the highlights will be Kader Attia’s Arab Spring (2014), which includes the display cases that were shattered during the plunder of Cairo's Egyptian Museum in 2011. At each showing of the work, Attia stones the glass cases to re-enact the original attack. Other works include David Shrigley’s Life Model (2012), where visitors will be encouraged to draw a three-metre high sculpture in a life drawing room; Ai Weiwei’s Stacked (2012), composed of 760 piled-up bicycles; and Formosa Decelerator (2014), an interactive installation with hammocks and tea blending by the Brazilian collective OPAVIVARÁ! Unlimited has run alongside Art Basel since 2000 and is organised by Gianni Jetzer—a critic and curator-at-large for the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC—for the fourth year in a row. UBS and AXA ART sponsor the exhibition, with support from the Associate Partners Davidoff, Audemars Piguet, Netjets and BMW.