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The rough and ready Roth Bar takes over Grand Hotel Les Trois Rois

A bar made from scavenged materials has popped up in the polished lobby of Grand Hotel Les Trois Rois for this year’s Art Basel.

Björn, Oddur and Einar Roth – the son and grandsons of the late artist Dieter Roth – have used wood, disco balls, cans of paints and other bits of debris to fill the hotel’s 17th century interior.

The Roth Bar and its setting might seem an unlikely pairing but Björn insists the two are perfectly in sync.

‘It’s made out of a collection of things and when you put it all together, it harmonises with the surroundings,’ he says. ‘There’s a big crystal chandelier in the room, and then there are scrap materials around. For me, they’re like siblings.’

First conceived by Dieter Roth in the early 1980s, the notion of ‘the bar’ as a constantly evolving installation has been core to the Roths’ cross-generational practice. But Björn says this will be the final journey for the Roth Bar, which Dieter’s offspring first revealed at the Reykjavik Art Museum 10 years ago. ‘This is the last one. No more. I feel that the bar is alive – I can leave it alone.’

Art Basel runs from 18 to 21 June. The Roth Bar is on show at Grand Hotel Les Trois Rois



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