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Exhibiting at Art Basel
Art Basel is strongly rooted in the principle that galleries play an essential role in the development and promotion of visual arts, and offers opportunities for many different types of galleries to participate.
In 2014, Art Basel launched an exciting new digital initiative in partnership with Kickstarter, the funding platform for creative projects, to support non-profit organizations in the visual arts.
Art Basel and BMW have launched the BMW Art Journey, a first-of-its-kind award that enables selected artists to design a journey of creative discovery to a destination of their choice.
The 2015 edition of Parcours was sited in the historical center of Basel around the city's iconic cathedral, infiltrating key locations such as the Museum of Culture, the Natural History Museum, the Town Hall and the Münsterplatz itself. 23 site-specific artworks by internationally renowned as well as emerging artists were featured.
The sector, dedicated to curatorial projects by 34 galleries with spaces in Asia and the Asia-Pacific region, again proved to be a highlight of this year's Hong Kong show for many visitors, featuring solo shows, exceptional historical material, and strong thematic group exhibitions.
In the 2014 Miami Beach edition, the new Survey sector’s debut brought 13 art-historical projects, including many rare works never before exhibited in an art-fair context.
Presenting 74 works from galleries participating in this year's Basel edition, the Unlimited sector – Art Basel’s platform for exhibiting projects that transcend the traditional art-fair stand – was showcased in a redesigned and dedicated 15,000 square-meter space.
Curated for the first time by Alexie Glass-Kantor, Executive Director of Artspace in Sydney, this year's edition of Encounters created a completely new visitor experience by transforming the exhibition halls with 20 large-scale installations by artists from Australia/Oceania, Asia, Europe and the United States.
Last year in Miami Beach, celebrated contemporary artist Ryan McNamara staged a choreographic exploration of the online world. The work was a Performa Commission, presented by Art Basel, and produced by Performa and Art Basel. The performance revealed an interpretation of the layered architecture of the internet and the infinite streams of information that pour through its portals onto our laptops and smart phones.
During this year's Basel show, Art Basel presented a large-scale installation by conceptual artist Rirkrit Tiravanija, German architects Nikolaus Hirsch and Michel Müller, and Finnish chef Antto Melasniemi as a place of hospitality on Messeplatz.
Internationally-renowned Berlin artist Carsten Nicolai presented an exciting new work during our 2014 Hong Kong show, lighting up the skyline with a spectacular audio-visual installation. Like a lighthouse, the tower sent its pulses into the city, reaching out to Hong Kong residents and visitors.
Art Basel’s 2015 Film sector opened with the screening of Takashi Murakami’s debut feature film, bringing the artist's brightly-colored fictional characters to the screen for the first time alongside human characters.
During Basel's 2014 edition, curators Klaus Biesenbach and Hans Ulrich Obrist invited international artists to each activate a room, and explore the relationship between space, time and physicality, giving life to '14 Rooms', a collaboration between Fondation Beyeler, Art Basel and Theater Basel.
In 1970, three Basel gallerists put their passion and determination behind an ambitious vision to form an art fair. Now, Art Basel stages the premier international art shows, providing platforms for galleries and artists from around the world.