06 June 2023

Art Basel, the ritual gathering for contemporary art

by Laëtitia Cadiou

© Courtesy Art Basel

From 15 June to 18 June, one of Switzerland’s finest art events will be held, providing an opportunity to retrace the history of Art Basel.

Welcome to a world where artistic excellence and innovation meet, where the boundaries of contemporary art are pushed back and creative minds flourish. The next edition of Art Basel is set to once again captivate art lovers around the world with its prestigious fair. This iconic event, which has redefined the art landscape for over 50 years, promises to amaze with its carefully orchestrated selection of exceptional works of art. Prepare to be immersed in an immersive experience where creativity comes to life, where the most talented artists and renowned galleries come together to speak and offer a unique insight into contemporary art at its peak. Let yourself be swept away by the magic of Art Basel, an unparalleled showcase of artistic excellence that will continue to push the boundaries of art and fuel our passion for boundless creativity. But how did Art Basel become the benchmark for artists, gallerists and collectors from around the world? 

Art Basel in Basel 2022, Courtesy Art Basel

The story of Art Basel begins in 1970, when Swiss gallerists Ernst Beyeler, Trudi Bruckner and Balz Hilti founded the first art fair in Basel. In order to promote modern and contemporary art and make it accessible to the general public, they created a space that allowed artists and gallerists to come together and present their work. Since its foundation, Art Basel has grown considerably and has become one of the largest art fairs in the world. In 2002, the fair opened its doors in Miami Beach, creating a platform for artists and art collectors on another continent. In 2005, Art Basel opened in Hong Kong, allowing Art Basel artists and collectors to connect with Asia. Last year, Paris also opened its arms to the event for the first edition of Paris + by Art Basel. Art Basel has become an essential venue for art lovers and a symbol of contemporary art.

Art Basel 2023 has announced several highlights for its next edition. 284 leading galleries will present high-quality works in a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, photography and digital art. The fair will also feature 76 large-scale installations and performances in the Unlimited sector, while the Kabinett sector will highlight exhibitions curated in the main gallery stands. The city of Basel is booking 24 specific public art projects, and Conversations will explore key themes in art and culture. The film programme will offer a diverse range of film projects.

Art Basel in Basel 2022, Courtesy Art Basel

Unlimited, Art Basel’s sector for large-scale projects, will present installations such as Firelei Báez’s “the vast ocean of all possibilities”, Diamond Stingily’s “How Did He Die” and Monica Bonvicini’s “Never Again”. Parcours will include Laure Prouvost’s “No More Front Tears”, Noa Eshkol’s wall mats, Julian Charrière’s “Controlled Burn” and Jacolby Satterwhite’s presentation. Kabinett will present works by Anri Sala, Hugh Steers, Débora Arango, Feliza Bursztyn, Beatriz González, and many other highlights.

Latifa Echakhch’s presentation at Messeplatz will feature live concerts and performances, accompanied by a superstructure and stage sets. The film programme, curated by Filipa Ramos and Marian Masone, will feature films by Laura Poitras, Simone Forti, Penny Siopis and others. The conversations, curated by Emily Butler, will feature Lubaina Himid, Khanyisile Mbongwa, Amrita Jhaveri and others in exciting discussions on a variety of topics.

Conversations 2022 with Manthia Diawara, Ellen Gallagher, Michael Armitage, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Courtesy Art Basel

These are just a few highlights from the extensive programme of Art Basel 2023. We look forward to seeing you in Basel from 15 to 18 June, when the whole city will be beating to the rhythm of Art Basel.

Artworks in the header :
• Ugo Rondinone, humanskysix, 2022, Courtesy the artist and Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich / Vienna © the artist
• Hiro, Shinjuku Station, Tokyo, Japan, 1962, © Hiro
• Rodrigo Torres, os embalos, 2023, Courtesy the artist and A Gentil Carioca
• Elias Sime, Tightrope: It is Green 1, 2023, © Elias Sime 2023. Courtesy the artist and James Cohan, New York, Photo by Matthew Herrmann

Art Basel
June 15th to 18th, 2023
Messe Basel, Messeplatz 10 – 4058 Basel
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