Art Basel CitiesOverview

Art Basel Cities is a new initiative launched in March 2016 under the leadership of Business Initiatives Director, Patrick Foret. Its aim is to engage with selected cities during a multi-year partnership to develop vibrant and intellectually rigorous bespoke programs and present the artworld with new opportunities to engage with cultural offerings across the world.

The Art Basel Cities Initiative

Art Basel Cities engages Art Basel’s expertise, broad network of collectors, artworld leaders and influencers, as well as its global communication channels to support cities in developing and celebrating their unique cultural landscape. In addition to hosting art events in partner cities, the program’s comprehensive, multi-year cultural development strategy is designed to expand the local art scene’s engagement internationally, thus generating cultural and economic development opportunities. Art Basel Cities will also 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

Global Advisory 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

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


Global Lead Partner

UBS has supported Art Basel for more than 20 years. As Global Lead Partner, they continue to support Art Basel on new endeavors including the recently launched Global Art Market Report authored by Dr. Clare McAndrew, and the latest initiative, the Art Basel Cities program, the first of which is taking place in Buenos Aires. Learn more on