Art Basel Cities

The Art Basel Cities initiative was launched in March 2016 to engage with selected partner cities to develop vibrant and intellectually rigorous bespoke programs and offer the artworld new opportunities to engage with cultural offerings across the world.

NEW: Buenos Aires is Art Basel Cities' first partner city. Read more about this exciting announcement here.

The initiative

The initiative

Art Basel Cities uses art expertise, broad network and communication channels to support cities in developing and celebrating their unique cultural landscape. In addition to hosting art events in partner cities, the program will bring projects and content back to the Art Basel shows, providing the cities with additional opportunities to build lasting relationships with Art Basel’s international audience.

If you are interested in becoming a partner city, please complete our online questionnaire

Art Basel Cities


Expanding our engagement

Art Basel Cities is a new initiative that expands Art Basel's engagement in the artworld from staging art fairs to working with cities to develop cultural events with international resonance. Learn about our new initiative in the video.

The Art Basel Cities Advisory Board

Patrick Foret, Director of Business Initiatives for Art Basel is supported for this initiative by an Advisory Board consisting of prominent art world figures with expertise across various disciplines. 

Board members

Patrick Foret, Chair of the Board, Director of Business Initiatives, Art Basel; David Adjaye, OBE, Adjaye Associates; Füsun Eczacıbaşı, Founder, Karinca Design; Richard Florida, Founder, Creative Class Group; Jacques Herzog, Architect; Sam Keller, Director, Fondation Beyeler; William Lim, Managing Director, CL3; Simon Mordant, Advisor and collector; Lars Nittve, CEO and Chairman, Nittve Information Ltd Hong Kong/Sweden, Advisor to M+ and WKCDA in Hong Kong; Anne Pasternak, Shelby White and Leon Levy Director, Brooklyn Museum; Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Founder and President of Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo; Dennis Scholl, Entrepreneur and collector of contemporary art; Uli Sigg, Entrepreneur, Founder of Chinese Contemporary Art Awards CCAA; Member of TATE and MOMA international councils and of the M+Museum Board; Michael Tay, Group Managing Director, The Hour Glass

Read the Board bios