Conversations

Art Basel’s Conversations series presents stimulating panel discussions on topics concerning the global contemporary art scene. Prominent members of the international artworld – artists, gallerists, curators, collectors, architects, critics, and many other cultural figures – each offer unique perspectives on producing, collecting, and exhibiting art. Curated by Mari Spirito, Founding Director of Protocinema, Istanbul/New York. 

Watch our 2018 Conversation program below.


Art Basel in Basel 2018 | Conversations program

Wednesday, June 13

Premiere Artist Talk | Michael Rakowitz

10am - 11:30am

Michael Rakowitz in conversation with Chus Martínez

Museum Talk | Museums in a Global Narrative

3pm - 4pm

Manuel Rabaté, Richard Armstrong and Jane Morris

Art World Talk | Sexism in the Art World

4pm - 5pm

Hannah Weinberger, Julieta Aranda, Sandra Mujinga and Elvia Wilk

Museum Talk | Focus: The Rise of the Single-Artist Museum

5pm - 6pm

Stein Olav Henrichsen, Thomas Schütte, Nina Zimmer and András Szántó


Thursday, June 14

Public/Private | What can a Biennial do?

10am - 11:30am

Ralph Rugoff, Zoe Butt, Eva González-Sancho, Shwetal A. Patel and András Szántó

Art Market Talk | Blockchain and the Art World

2pm - 3pm

Simon Denny, Robert Norton, Kelani Nichole, Tim Schneider

Artist Talk | Artists' Philanthropy and Social Responsibility

3pm - 4pm

Emily Jacir, Matteo Lucchetti, Zina Saro-Wiwa and Yona Backer

Artist Talk | Performance Beyond the Body

4pm - 5pm

Ed Atkins, Jay Pather, RoseLee Goldberg and Kathy Noble


Art Market Talk | Ethics of Exporting Gallery Models

5pm - 6pm

Massimo De Carlo, David Maupin, Liza Essers and Anna Brady


Friday, June 15

Art World Talk | Society, Politics and the Art System

10am - 11:30am

Lauren Bon, Laura Raicovich, Ahmet Öğüt and Stephanie Bailey

Conversations on Messeplatz | Self-Construction, Self-Governance

1pm - 2pm

Santiago Cirugeda, David Juárez Latimer-Knowles, Patti Anahory and Baharak Tajbakhsh

Artist Talk | Lynn Hershman Leeson

3pm - 4pm

Lynn Hershman Leeson, Sabine Himmelsbach and Dr. Maxa Zoller


Creative Cities Talk | Sustainable City Development: The Role of Art

4pm - 5pm

Cecilia Alemani, Anita Dube, Joanna Warsza and Elke Buhr

Collector Talk | How to Buy Art

5pm - 6pm

Philippe Charpentier, Monique Burger, Herman Steyn and Alexander Forbes


Saturday, June 16

Conversations on Messeplatz | On Wastelands and Mineral Rights

1pm - 2pm

Anna Minton, Emily Scott, Manuel Herz and Lara Almarcegui

Artist Talk | The Alberto Burri Case

2pm - 3pm

Bruno Corà, Luca Massimo Barbero, Philip Rylands and Dr. Thomas Marks

Art World Talk | Activating Public Spaces

3pm - 4pm

Isabel Lewis, Enrique Fontanilles, Senam Okudzeto and Elvira Dyangani Ose


Art World Talk | Global or Local - For whom?

4pm - 5pm

Fernanda Brenner, Mari Spirito, Dana Whabira and Alessio Antoniolli


Sunday, June 17

Artist Talk | The Artist and the Gallerist

10am - 11:30am

Kamel Mennour, Mohamed Bourouissa and Alexie Glass-Kantor

Conversations on Messeplatz | Techne Techno Tech

1pm - 2pm

Isabel Lewis, Claire Tancons, Catherine Wood and Andrea Lissoni

Artist Talk | Different Histories, Different Futures

2pm - 3pm

Nedko Solakov in conversation with Gianni Jetzer