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.
Art Basel CitiesOverview
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.
Art Basel Cities: Buenos Aires Partnership
Art Basel Cities: Buenos Aires is a multi-year program of initiatives that celebrate the city’s thriving cultural ecosystem and facilitate exchanges between the international and Argentine artworlds. In tandem with our local Cultural Partners, the program seeks to foreground leading museums, foundations, artist-run spaces, associations, and nonprofits, highlighting Buenos Aires’s rich artistic history and current creative production. These long-term professional collaborations, projects, and cultural conversations amplify Buenos Aires’s position as a cultural destination of choice.
Art Basel Cities Week, September 6-12, 2018
A focal point of this ongoing collaboration is Art Basel Cities Week, which encourages visitors to immerse themselves in Buenos Aires’s dynamic art scene over the course of seven days in September. Under the artistic direction of Cecilia Alemani, the week will feature 'Hopscotch (Rayuela)’, an inventive, multi-venue exhibition that connects visual arts, urban spaces, and the city’s histories in unexpected ways, alongside a robust suite of exhibitions, artist talks, and events hosted by our Cultural Partners. Full details on these events will be released in July 2018. Participating ‘Hopscotch (Rayuela)’ artists include: Eduardo Basualdo, Pia Camil, Maurizio Cattelan, Gabriel Chaile, Alex Da Corte, Santiago de Paoli, Narcisa Hirsch, David Horvitz, Leandro Katz, Barbara Kruger, Luciana Lamothe, Ad Minoliti, Eduardo Navarro, Alexandra Pirici, Mika Rottenberg, Mariela Scafati, Vivian Suter and Stan VanDerBeek.
Art Basel Cities: Buenos Aires Talks Program
The backbone of Art Basel Cities: Buenos Aires is the Talks Program, launched in November 2017, which to date has presented discussions by Guillermo Kuitca, Pablo León de la Barra, Jean de Loisy, Brett Littman, Marta Minujín, Victoria Noorthoorn, Hans Ulrich Obrist, and Alec Oxenford, among many others, to an artworld audience as well as the wider public. Together with our Cultural Partners, Art Basel Cities: Buenos Aires provides a platform for discussion of critical issues and cultural exchange.
Global Advisory Board Members
Chair of the Board, Director of Business
Initiatives, Art Basel
Founder, Creative Class Group
Managing Director, CL3
Shelby White and Leon Levy Director,
Entrepreneur, Founder of Chinese
Contemporary Art Awards, Member of
TATE and MOMA international councils
and of the M+Museum Board
OBE, Adjaye Associates
Advisor and collector
Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo
Founder and President of Fondazione
Sandretto Re Rebaudengo
Group Managing Director,
The Hour Glass
Founder, Karinca Design
Director, Fondation Beyeler
CEO and Chairman
Nittve Information Ltd,
Advisor to M+ and WKCDA
Entrepreneur and collector
of contemporary art
Global Lead Partner: Art Basel Cities
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 ubs.com/art