The International Artworld reunites in Basel to consolidate what is an already exciting season for contemporary & modern art.
Basel, the Swiss “capital of art & culture” is ready once again to celebrate contemporary and modern art in the world’s largest art event. Galleries from Europe, North America, Latin America, Asia, and Africa will showcase art by over 4,000 artists. Visitors of this edition will be able to discover such an impressive artistic & cultural offering through 7 different sectors of the show:
- Galleries: This is the main part of the show. Discover paintings, drawings, sculpture, installations, prints, photography, video & digital from over 4,000 artists. For a full list of galleries click here.
- Feature: In this sector gallerists are invited to curate projects from established and historical artists. Here you will find solo presentations, juxtapositions and thematic exhibits which investigate different cultures, generations and artistic approaches. For more information click here.
- Statements: Solo projects by emerging artists are the theme of this sector. The Baloise Art Prizewill also select an artist’s work and donate it to a select European art institution. For a list of participating artists click here.
- Edition: Rare publications, editioned works, prints & multiples are the central part of this sector. An ever-growing interest in art publications (which are often the result of collaborations with renowned artists) make this sector a must-see for any art-lover. For more information click here.
- Unlimited: Art Basel’s exhibition platform to showcase projects that “transcend the classical art-show stand”. In this sector Visitors can discover large-scale installations, massive sculptures, paintings and video projections. Don’t miss it! For more information click here.
- Parcours: Explore the city of Basel through site-specific projects, installations & performances by established artists & emerging talents. Curated by Samuel Leuenberger of SALTS, Parcours also offers guided toursof the city available in German and English. For a map of projects click here.
- Films: Visitors are invited to reflect on “the role of media in today’s global world”. A week-long program of films by and about artists is curated by Maxa Zoller and Marian Masone. For events calendar click here.
- Magazines: Art editors and publishers from around the world make an important part of the art market. Don’t miss the many art publications at the single-magazine stands and the collective booth. For info click here.
- Conversations: Visitors are invited to attend discussions regarding a wide range of topics that emerge from the global contemporary art scene. Get unique perspectives by participating in talks & debates between artists, gallerists, curators, collectors, architects, critics, and other cultural figures. For events calendar click here.
Facts & Figures About Art Basel, Basel
- Art Basel was founded in 1970 by Basel art gallerists Ernst Beyeler, Trudi Bruckner and Balz Hilt. 90 galleries and 30 publishers from 10 countries took part at the first edition. Over 16,000 Visitors attended.
- In just 6 years Art Basel reaches its present size of circa 300 exhibitors. The participating galleries in the edition of 1975 come from 21 countries and attracted over 37,000 visitors.
- Art Basel in Basel takes place in Halls 1 & 2 of Messe Basel on Messeplatz in Basel, Switzerland. An impressive 27,500 square meters of exhibition space!
- In 2018 over 95,000 Visitors attended Art Basel during 6 days of the show.
- Often referred to as the “Olympics of the art world”, Art Basel is inarguably the world’s largest art event and one of the most important international art fairs.
- The Art Basel publications and the independently conducted “Art Market” study (as well as other works like the Art Market Principles and Best Practices) help increase the transparency and accountability of the art world and market.
Don’t miss LISTE from 06/10–06/16
In addition to the main show, Art Basel also hosts LISTE, an international art fair for new discoveries in contemporary art. If you like to research the latest trends then this exhibition is a must-see: here you will find a younger generation of galleries that not only “examine the present, but also create it through new aesthetics, media and values”. The show features 77 galleries from 33 countries (21 galleries participating for the first time). These are galleries that come from beyond the established art centres, bringing their emerging artists & artistic offerings from cities like Lima, Tbilisi, Lisbon, Pristina, Chengdu, Teheran, Havana, Bogotà, Cairo, Cluj and Jakarta just to name a few. At this year’s edition (June 10th – June 16th) Visitors and art lovers will be able to explore works by 139 artists from over 40 countries. For more information click here.
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