Grand Basel Advisory Board

One of the special exhibitions at the first Grand Basel in Basel are six curated frames that display cars and other items of historical significance, showcasing the advisory board members’ personal interpretation of automotive culture.

Grand Basel presents not just cars, but everything that is associated with and inspired by cars. With input from the unique advisory board, it showcases the epitome of automotive culture. Key elements of the first Grand Basel show in Basel have been curated on the views of a completely independent advisory board, encompassing leading figures from beyond the automotive world.

Heading up the advisory board is Prof. Paolo Tumminelli, director of the Goodbrands Institute, design critic and professor of Cultural Sciences at Cologne University of Applied Sciences.

Prof. Tumminelli is flanked by executive members comprising contemporary artist, Sylvie Fleury and creative entrepreneur and founder of Garage Italia, Lapo Elkann. Honorary board members include: cultural commentator and author, Stephen Bayley; design theoretician, Prof. Dr. Michael Erlhoff; and world-renowned ‘car designer of the century’ Giorgetto Giugiaro.

Prof. Paolo Tumminelli – 1980 Fiat Panda
The founding chairman of the advisory board, Prof. Tumminelli is a frequent commentator on automobile design, and a firm believer in the value of the automobile as a cultural asset.

Fiat Panda 45 ‘Saved No. 1’, Giorgetto Giugiaro, 1976-80 (Model Year 1980)
Voxson Tanga FM, Rodolfo Bonetto, 1978
Olivetti Valentine, Ettore Sottsass Jr., 1969
Hantarex MGG EQ/3 28″, Luigi Cameroni, 1989

In his curated frame, Prof. Tumminelli presents a derelict 38-year-old Fiat Panda – a car that was found in Sardinia in 2008 and driven to the Neue Sammlung design museum in Munich. It is an honest representation of the automobile in its most pure form as a user-friendly tool. The iconic design by Giorgetto Giugiaro was unapologetically simple, in the tradition of practical compact cars such as the Citroen 2CV and Renault 4.

Giorgetto Giugiaro – 2018 GFG Sibylla GG 80
Legendary as the architect of the contemporary automobile, Giugiaro is the genius creator of models like the Fiat Panda, the VW Golf and the Lotus Esprit. In celebration of his 80th birthday, the master is presenting his most recent design: the electric GFG Sibylla, created by Giorgetto and Fabrizio Giugiaro in partnership with the smart energy management company, Envision.

Sibylla GG 80, Giorgetto Giugiaro, 2018
Sammy Davis Jr., Giorgetto Giugiaro, 1958
Indian (Indian), Giorgetto Giugiaro, 1958
Pagliaccio (Clown), Giorgetto Giugiaro, 1970

The Sibylla on show was produced for Mr. Giugiaro upon bespoke specifications. This first road legal example brings together beautiful design with clean energy, defining a car that integrates with a future new energy infrastructure.

Sylvie Fleury – 1963 Lincoln Continental
Artist Sylvie Fleury explores consumer culture in her work, and its relation towards gender and politics. American cars are also a passion for her and are often an important topic in her video works and installations. Fleury is the founder and president of the American car club “She Devils on Wheels.”

Lincoln Continental, Elwood Engel with Colin Neale, 1961 (Model Year 1963)
Labrisrynthe, Sylvie Fleury, 2008

“I was thrilled by the chance to present Pablo Picasso’s last personal car in my frame at Grand Basel,” said Sylvie Fleury. “His white Lincoln Continental, a huge, powerful machine, shows an interface between art and design. Picasso was a true car connoisseur, and this 1963 car is still owned by his family”

Prof. Dr. Michael Erlhoff – Model cars in 1:87 scale
An influential design theoretician, writer and exhibition curator, Prof. Dr. Michael Erlhoff is a former director of the German Design Council, founding president of the Raymond Loewy Foundation and founding dean of the Köln International School of Design.

Exhibits (1:87 scale):
Citroen DS, Flaminio Bertoni 1955 – 1975
Glas Goggomobil, Hans Glas GmbH, 1955 – 1969
Jaguar MK II, William Lyons, 1959 – 1969
Porsche 356 Cabrio, Erwin Komenda, 1948 – 1965
Porsche 911 SC, Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, 1978 – 1984
BMW Isetta, IsoRivolta, 1955 – 1962
Borgward Isabella, Carl F. W. Borgward G.m.b.H, 1954 – 1961
Citroën 2CV Charleston, Flaminio Bertoni, 1949 – 1990
Messerschmitt Kabinenroller, Fritz M. Fend, 1953 – 1955

Instead of a full-sized dream car in sheet metal, Prof. Erlhoff will display toy models in his frame at Grand Basel. Each car will have significant links to important automotive history, but in miniature 1:87 scale, his personal approach will prove to be a charming perspective with a humorous, lighthearted spin.

Lapo Elkann – 2018 Fiat 500 Spiaggina by Garage Italia
When it comes to motion, design, creativity and style Lapo Elkann has been acclaimed for his unconventional yet uncompromising and disruptive taste. A successful entrepreneur, Mr. Elkann founded f. ex. Garage Italia in Milan, a melting pot of Italian style, design, culture and cuisine.

Fiat 500 Spiaggina by Garage Italia, 2018

The idea of the original Fiat 500 Jolly ‘Spiaggina’ of 1958 came from Fiat boss and Mr. Elkann’s grandfather, Gianni Agnelli. He wanted a breezy summer car that could be carried on his yacht and that was light enough to be hauled ashore by the workforce. Remarkably, many of his Spiagginas were conceived as chauffeur driven limos.

Stephen Bayley – 1962 Ford Consul Capri
The founding director of the London Design Museum, Bayley writes for several newspapers and magazines, including a regular column in CAR magazine, where he offers a critique of contemporary motoring design from a philosophical perspective.

Ford Consul Capri, designed by Colin Neale, 1961 (Model Year 1962)

“To mis-quote Magritte, this is not a car. It is a dream. And this is the interpretation of dreams,” explained Stephen Bayley. “It was the first popular car to wear a ‘GT’ badge: Despite so much semantic promise, it was a sales calamity. A mere 19,421 were made. It is not only one of the strangest, but one of the rarest Fords. Dreams, you see, are soon dispersed.”