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. Photo: Kurt Wyss.
Connecting the international art community has been Art Basel's goal since its beginning. Its tradition of excellence across a wide range of genres offers visitors the most vital art that the world's best galleries can offer. In Hong Kong, Basel and Miami Beach, the week of the Art Basel show teems with parallel exhibitions and cultural events, creating an exciting environment that deepens and strengthens the relationship between gallerists, artists, curators and collectors.
Three annual shows bring the artworld together in some of exciting cities: Basel, in the heart of Europe; Miami Beach, at the nexus of North America and Latin America; and Hong Kong, the Asian city where East meets West. In all, nearly 200,000 visitors view works of art presented by over 500 of the world's leading galleries.
Art Basel launches Art Basel Cities, a new initiative that expands Art Basel's engagement in the art world from staging art fairs to working with cities to develop cultural events with international resonance.
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.
Meet the Art Basel team
Art Basel's team is comprised of individuals with a diversity of experience in the artworld and related disciplines, driven forward by the desire to bring shows of the highest caliber to audiences coming from around the world.