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.
BaselThe ShowJune 14 – 17, 2018
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.
Statements presents exciting new solo projects by emerging artists, who are eligible to receive the prestigious Baloise Art Prize. The Baloise Group acquires artworks by the award-winning artists, which it then donates to important European art institutions.
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.
Curated by New York-based curator Gianni Jetzer, Unlimited is Art Basel’s pioneering exhibition platform for projects that transcend the classical art-show stand, including massive sculpture and paintings, video projections, large-scale installations, and live performances.
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. Parcours is curated by Samuel Leuenberger of SALTS exhibition space.
See a program of the Parcours Night performances here.
Download a map of the Parcours projects and Parcours Night performances here.
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 reflects on the complex role of media in today’s global world.
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 Conversations, our series of lectures and discussions by prominent members of the artworld.
Watch some of the most memorable moments from our 2017 show.
Art Basel hosts a series of conversations on topics concerning the global contemporary art scene. Conversations offers a platform for dynamic dialogues between prominent members of the international artworld, each offering their unique perspective on producing, collecting, and exhibiting art. The series include artist talks, panels, and discussions with a range of speakers including artists, gallerists, curators, collectors, architects, art lawyers, critics, and many other cultural players. Conversations is programmed by Mari Spirito, Founding Director of Protocinema, Istanbul/New York.
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.
Independent curator Samuel Leuenberger has run the exhibition space SALTS since 2009. The not-for-profit program, located in Birsfelden, Switzerland, promotes young Swiss and international artists. Basel-born Leuenberger was the associate curator of '14 Rooms' in 2014, a major live art exhibition by Fondation Beyeler, Art Basel and Theater Basel.
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. In 2014 she co-curated a solo exhibition of Anthony McCall at EYE Filmmuseum, Amsterdam.
Marian Masone is a film curator, lecturer and writer based in New York. For over 25 years Masone has worked at The Film Society of Lincoln Center, one of America’s pre-eminent film organizations, where she sat on the selection committees for 'New Directors/New Films', produced with the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and 'The New York Film Festival'.
Mari Spirito is Founding Director of Protocinema, an independent organization which makes site-aware exhibitions around the world. She is Associate Curator of Visual Arts, Onassis Cultural Center, New York and Athens, and was Curator and Director of Alt Art Space in Istanbul from 2015 to 2017.