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Matthias Arndt on where to eat and what to see in Basel

The German dealer Matthias Arndt

The German dealer Matthias Arndt opened his contemporary art gallery in east Berlin in 1994, relocating in 2010 to Schöneberg, a central district of the city. He has organised more than 300 exhibitions, including pop-up shows in spaces around the world. In January 2013, Arndt opened a venue in Singapore in the new art hub, Gillman Barracks.

1) Work out: The first thing I do when I arrive is pick up my pre-reserved bike at Basel railway station ( For 20 years now, at every Art Basel, I have taken a one-hour ride every morning along the Rhine.

2) Eat: Another annual ritual is lunch at the Brauerei restaurant, Grenzacherstrasse 60. I meet a dear US couple, who are collectors, and we have a kalbsbratwurst [veal bratwurst] with rösti, before making our first tour of the Liste fair.

3) Visit: The Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein is another must. With boundaries between art and design becoming more fluid, I love to see what is new in contemporary design; at the same time, there are still so many design classics to discover.

4) Eat (again): Dinner at Chez Donati in the Les Trois Rois hotel is essential: it’s an old-school venue with incredible Italian food that never disappoints.

5) The fair: Last but not least, Art Basel is the centre of everybody’s attention and the reason why we’re all there. All meetings take place in or around the fair, with its busy agenda and rich offerings.

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