About Parcours

The Parcours sector at Art Basel is a distinctive showcase of site-specific installations, sculptures, interventions, and performances situated in public spaces and historic sites throughout the city of Basel. Curated by a guest curator, Parcours encourages a deeper engagement between the artworks and the urban environment, inviting visitors to explore the city’s rich cultural and architectural heritage while encountering thought-provoking contemporary art pieces that create new dialogues and perspectives. 

The 2024 edition of Parcours is curated for the first time by Stefanie Hessler, Director of Swiss Institute New York. For this newly envisioned edition, Art Basel’s free outdoor sector is moving closer to the fair building and Messeplatz. Hessler’s concept for Parcours is a curated exhibition that meanders through empty stores and operational shops, a hotel, a restaurant, a distillery, and other quotidian spaces on Basel’s Clarastrasse. Through ambitious projects, many of them site-specific and newly produced, the sector explores transformation and circulation in processes of trade, globalization, and ecology.

Clarastrasse, the street leading from the fair to the river and connecting the new part of the city with the old town, is currently undergoing rapid transformation that mirrors the changes in the fabric of many locales post-Covid. Leading towards the Rhine, itself a body of water through which globalization and migration have connected and shaped Europe, Parcours’s relocation galvanizes artistic responses to these ongoing processes.

The artists’ projects will explore flows of information and goods as well as seepages between the hyperlocal and the global, suggesting that those are far from uniform movements, but complex, unwieldy, and uneven processes. A number of artists will address ecological systems, the affordances of nature that are exploited through extraction, and increasingly changing climates. Several projects will examine how information circulates and by whom, from traditional forms of storytelling to newspapers to abstraction as a vehicle for spiritual communication and communion. Again others refer to change and knowledge transfers across generations and communities, across time and geographies, through migration, affect, and somatic memory.

Discover the 2024 artists and galleries below.


Parcours Night

Parcours Night will be hosted on Wednesday, June 12, from 8 to 11pm, offering a festive night filled with live performances and other acts along Clarastrasse and at the Merian. All Parcours locations will have extended opening hours to provide visitors a unique experience.

Performance schedule

8 - 9 pm at the Basel Mariott Hotel: Madeline Hollander, Sub-Clique

9 - 10:30 pm at the Merian Hotel: Wendy’s Wok World: Karaoke Bar Night

10:30 pm - 12 am at the Merian Hotel: Chuquimamani-Condori (live) hosted by Jan Vorisek and Mathis Altmann



Nina Canell in collaboration with Robin Watkins |303 Gallery, Barbara Wien, kaufmann repetto, Mendes Wood DM
Stephanie Comilang |ChertLüdde, Daniel Faria Gallery


Edith Deyerling |Felix Gaudlitz



Kira Freije |The Approach


Ximena Garrido-Lecca |Galerie Gisela Capitain
Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster in collaboration Paul B. Preciado |303 Gallery, Galerie Chantal Crousel, Jan Mot, Esther Schipper, Albarrán Bourdais


Eric Hattan |Nicolas Krupp, Filiale


Eva Kot’átková |hunt kastner, Meyer Riegger


Lap-See Lam |Galerie Nordenhake
Moshekwa Langa |Stevenson


Peng Zuqiang |Antenna Space


Rirkrit Tiravanija |neugerriemschneider
Iris Touliatou |Rodeo
Anh Tran |Société


James Webb |blank projects
Lois Weinberger |Galerie Krinzinger