Art Basel CitiesAbout The Initiative

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.


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
Architect

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