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To Find Basel’s Secret Artist Speakeasy, Enter Through the Chocolate Shop

Liz Glynn’s celebrated mystery bar at this year’s Frieze New York may have come and gone, but the spirit of clandestine artist speakeasies lives on at Basel. Above Café Confiserie Schiesser, Basel’s oldest chocolate maker, New York gallerists Adam Lindemann and Paul Kasmin have set up an unconventional display of William Copley works from the ’50s through the ’90s. Eschewing conventional white gallery walls, they’ve wallpapered the space in stripes evocative of Copley’s pattern-rich paintings. As an added bonus, free-flowing cognac and chocolates imprinted with Copleyesque nudes are being served.

“This debauched interplay between art history and painting is like being inside one of Copley’s works,” Lindemann says, describing the experiential exhibition as an homage to the Copley’s own famously indulgent lifestyle and lascivious subject matter. “It’s all in the spirit of William.”

“Confiserie CPLY,” as it is called, is open from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. through Friday. Enter through the chocolate shop at Marktplatz 19.

— Janelle Zara

Image via Venus Over Manhattan