Donati, VOLTA, and Fondation Beyeler: Julien Lombrail’s Basel

It’s Art Basel Week! That means fairs, gallery shows, museum exhibitions, and plenty of events – all taking place in Basel. We are here to guide you through the must-see and be-seen-at spots around town. All week-long we’ll bring you “Insider Tips” from those in-the-know on what to see, do, eat, and drink. Next up, the co-founder of Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Julien Lombrail.

#BestKeptSecret
“Donati is the best Italian restaurant in Basel—old fashioned, elegant, and impeccable service. I love to book a table for lunch on the terrace where you can admire the Rhine river and the bridge.”

#SundayRoutine
“I would love to tell you that I run on the shores of the Rhine, but it is a plan I never achieve to actually do. It’s highly recommended though. On Sunday, I usually visit the satellite fairs. I especially like VOLTA where I spot emerging artists before being exhibited in Art Basel, and costing much more.”

#FairFirstTimers
“The Fondation Beyeler is THE must in Basel. Its permanent collection and exhibitions are always of the best quality. And, in its remarkable and simple architecture, Renzo Piano achieved the best natural lighting I have ever seen in a museum. The Rothko room is one of the most beautiful places in the world. I love having breakfast in its magnificent garden, facing a monumental Ellsworth Kelly sculpture.”

#InspoSpot
“The Kunsthalle is where the art world meets. You will be around in-vogue collectors, and gallerists. I love to go there for dinner—on the terrace. We usually start with a table, and end up with 20 people. The Tinguely Fountain and the Richard Serra installation are very inspiring.”

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