Art Basel in Europe

Art Basel in Europe

June 18, 2016

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Since 1970, Art Basel’s goal has been to connect the world’s premier galleries and their patrons, as well as serve as a meeting point for the international artworld. The fairs in Basel, Hong Kong and Miami Beach rank as the premier shows of their kind, presenting 20th- and 21st-century art with a strong curatorial perspective.

Art Basel’s reputation for showing high-quality work has attracted leading international galleries and collectors, offering visitors the most important art from around the world. Art Basel’s European edition brings the international artworld together, with more than 280 of the world’s leading galleries showing works from 4,000 artists, ranging from Modern great masters to current emerging stars.

The show took place at Messe Basel, Switzerland’s largest and most important exhibition site, featuring a new hall designed by the leading international architects Herzog and de Meuron of Basel. During the show week, the city welcomes art lovers from all over the world, coming to view 20th and 21st century artworks from Modern masters and newly emerging stars worldwide. Over six days, the show attracted an attendance of roughly 98,000. We present a full program of talks each day during the show, while cultural institutions from Basel and the region offer exhibitions and events, creating an exciting week of art. 286 of the world’s leading Modern and contemporary art galleries display premier paintings, drawings, sculptures, installations, prints, photography, film, video, and digital art by over 4,000 artists.

 The week of the Art Basel show teemed up with parallel exhibitions and cultural events, creating an exciting environment that deepened and strengthened the relationship between gallerists, artists, curators and collectors.


The anchor of Art Basel’s show is its Galleries sector. Visitors discovered a breadth of Modern and contemporary works including paintings, drawings, sculpture, installations, prints, photography, video and digital art by more than 4,000 artists. These include

Projects from established and historical artists are precisely curated by gallerists in the Feature sector. Projects includes solo presentations, juxtapositions, and thematic exhibits from artists representing a wide range of cultures, generations, and artistic approaches.

Statements presented exciting new solo projects by emerging artists, who are eligible to receive the prestigious Baloise Art Prize. The Baloise Group acquires artworks by the award-winning artists, which it then donates to important European art institutions.

Leading publishers of editioned works, prints, and multiples exhibit the results of their collaboration with renowned artists, providing visitors the opportunity to see significant, and rare publications.

Curated by New York-based curator Gianni Jetzer, Unlimited is Art Basel’s pioneering exhibition platform for projects that transcend the classical art-show stand, including massive sculpture and paintings, video projections, large-scale installations, and live performances.

Art Basel’s stimulating program of Conversations and Salon talks allowed audiences to deepen their knowledge of artistic practice, the international artworld, and the art market. The daily Conversations series offers the audience access to the thinking of important artworld players –artists, curators, critics and collectors –who offer their unique perspectives on producing, collecting and exhibiting art.  Salon is an open platform for dozens of short, often informal presentations, such as artist talks, panels, lectures and performances with a range of speakers representing many different aspects of the artworld. Conversations and Salon is programmed by Mari Spirito.

The Parcours sector engages the public and fairgoers by placing site-specific sculptures, interventions, and performances in the city’s neighborhoods. Artworks by renowned established artists and emerging talents will be on display on and around Basel’s Münsterplatz. The 2016 edition is curated by Samuel Leuenberger of SALTS exhibition space.

Art Basel’s week-long program of films by and about artists is curated by Maxa Zoller. Known for her roaming series of experimental film screenings, Zoller plans a diverse and challenging program of works that together create a dialogue about the medium of film today.

-Compiled by Mariam Nihal

June 18, 2016