Our European edition takes place in Basel, a historically important city situated at the borders of Switzerland, France and Germany. During our show week, the city welcomes art lovers from all over the world, coming to view 20th and 21st century artworks from Modern masters and newly emerging stars worldwide. Over six days, the show attracted an attendance of roughly 98,000.
What to expect
Art Basel's reputation for showing work of the highest quality has attracted the leading international gallerists and collectors, offering visitors the annual opportunity to see exceptional artworks of every type. The show is organized around eight sectors, which together encompass a vast range of artistic mediums, including paintings, sculpture, installations, film and videos, multiples, prints, photography, and live performance.
The anchor of Art Basel's show is its Galleries sector. Visitors will discover a breadth of Modern and contemporary works including paintings, drawings, sculpture, installations, prints, photography, video and digital art by more than 4,000 artists.
Projects from established and historical artists are precisely curated by gallerists in the Feature sector. Projects may include solo presentations, juxtapositions, and thematic exhibits from artists representing a wide range of cultures, generations, and artistic approaches.
Leading publishers of editioned works, prints, and multiples exhibit the results of their collaboration with renowned artists, providing visitors the opportunity to see significant, and rare publications.
The Parcours sector engages the public and fairgoers by placing site-specific sculptures, interventions, and performances in the city's neighborhoods. Artworks by renowned established artists and emerging talents will be on display on and around Basel's Münsterplatz. The 2016 edition is curated by Samuel Leuenberger of SALTS exhibition space.
Art Basel's week-long program of films by and about artists is curated by Maxa Zoller. Known for her roaming series of experimental film screenings, Zoller plans a diverse and challenging program of works that together create a dialogue about the medium of film today.
Art publications from around the world display their magazines in single-magazine stands or the collective booth. Editors and publishers often attend the show and many magazines contribute presentations to Salon, our afternoon series of lectures and discussions by prominent members of the artworld.
Gianni Jetzer is Curator-at-Large at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, and critic based in New York. He has realized numerous exhibitions in his positions as curator at Migros Museum in Zurich, Director of Kunsthalle St. Gallen, and Director of Swiss Institute in New York. As a critic, Jetzer has written articles for many notable catalogs, art magazines, and newspapers.
Maxa Zoller is a film curator and art lecturer based in Cairo. Zoller has presented experimental film screenings at Tate Modern, South London Gallery, Filmmuseum Munich and the Centre of Contemporary Art Geneva. Currently, she is co-curating a solo exhibition of Anthony McCall at EYE Filmmuseum, Amsterdam.
June 15 – 18
June 14 – 17
June 13 – 16