Around 95,000 visitors have visited the 48th edition of Art Basel in six days. About 290 galleries from all market segments had achieved remarkable sales, the galleries from 35 countries presented works by around 4000 artists. Private collectors from over 100 countries took part in the fair, as did representatives from over 400 museums and institutions.
It was in 1970 when three gallerists launched an international art fair in the Swiss city. Years later, Art Basel is also held in Hong-Kong and Miami, and the fair is a key player in the art market. The Art fair develops an ambitious programme of talks, screenings and exciting commissions. Art projects always get the crowd excited.
Various sections and supporting programmes such as Unlimited, Conversations, Talks, Films and Art in Public Space are also part of it. And then, of course, there are the parallel side fairs. The solo presentations in the Statements Sector offer collectors and visitors a great opportunity to discover new artists and galleries – this year 18 new galleries made their entrance here. 14 houses specializing in editions and multiples are exhibiting in the Editions sector.
Large sculptures and paintings, video projections, installations and performances – the program includes historically significant as well as contemporary works, renowned and emerging artists, and promises museum qualities.
Several traditional side fairs can be found at their usual locations. The fair, which sees itself as a springboard for young galleries, will once again present about 80 galleries from over 30 countries with works by over 140 artists. Since 2005, the Performance Project has also been a permanent, autonomous component of the event. Curators are invited to put together a contemporary performance project with young, promising performance artists and present current trends in performance art.
The Onedot team visited Basel as a team building event.