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.

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

Patrick Foret
Chair of the Board, Director of Business
Initiatives, Art Basel

Richard Florida
Founder, Creative Class Group

William Lim
Managing Director, CL3

Anne Pasternak
Shelby White and Leon Levy Director,
Brooklyn Museum

Uli Sigg
Entrepreneur, Founder of Chinese 
Contemporary Art Awards, Member of
TATE and MOMA international councils 
and of the M+Museum Board

David Adjaye
OBE, Adjaye Associates

Jacques Herzog

Simon Mordant
Advisor and collector

Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo
Founder and President of Fondazione
Sandretto Re Rebaudengo

Michael Tay
Group Managing Director,
The Hour Glass

Füsun Eczacıbaşı
Founder, Karinca Design

Sam Keller
Director, Fondation Beyeler

Lars Nittve
CEO and Chairman
Nittve Information Ltd,
Advisor to M+ and WKCDA

Dennis Scholl
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