Art Basel: a portrait.

AuteurCrescenzi, Valeria
Fonction Art & culture: art basel

Founded by Ernst Beyeler, Trudi Bruckner and Balz Hilt, three art gallerists from Basel, Art Basel has become one of the worlds most popular contemporary art fairs. In 1970, the three started to contemplate a new international event to showcase artists, galleries and, above all, new trends in art.

The Art Basel opening was a resounding success with more than 13,000 visitors arriving. After only six editions, Art Basel reached 300 galleries, a number it still fulfills today. During its 45 year history, the show has expanded its platform remarkably. Never a stagnant entity, the organisers introduced new fair sectors, always keeping up with emerging talents, new galleries and pioneer exhibitions. They also turned the classic rules of art shows upside down, introducing "Unlimited", devoted to outsized sculptures, largescale installations, video projections and live performances. Last, but not least, they created a further two events at Miami Beach and Hong Kong, facilitating the dialogue between the Eastern and Western art worlds.

Despite its key role in promoting different artistic disciplines, Art Basel also has a reputation as a major buying venue. It has many stakeholders of whom to meet the expectations of. Apart from satisfying the art connoisseur, Art Basel has to guarantee gallerists the possibility to acquire new works and discover cutting-edge artists of the emerging art scene. The fair is a marketplace as well as the perfect place to meet and discuss the future of art.

If you are a gallerist, an artist, a collector, or simply passionate about art, you cannot miss the largest art event in the world. Art Basel will take place from the 19th-22nd of June.

Our Guide to Art Basel


This sector is the oldest and most important part of Art Basel and is crucial for people who are making their first steps in the art world. Next June you will have the opportunity to see modern and contemporary art pieces from artists represented by the 232 most important international galleries in the world. Art Basel's regular contributors, such as Van de Weghe Fine Art (New York), which specialises in works from artists such as Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Francis Bacon and Yayoi Kusama, will certainly be present. Among the others there are galleries that have only previously featured in the sectors Statements or Feature, such as Galeria Pedro Cera, Tanya Leighton and GallerySKE.


This sector is dedicated to specific curatorial projects, which...

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