Art Basel Cities

About The Initiative

Art Basel Cities is an initiative launched in March 2016 under the leadership of Business Initiatives Director, Patrick Foret. Art Basel partners with selected cities for a multiyear program to accelerate international recognition for their art scene whilst delivering to the artworld bespoke, intellectually rigorous programs that unveil unique art offerings all over the globe.

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Art Basel Cities offers Art Basel’s expertise, broad network of collectors, artworld leaders, and influencers, as well as its global reach to support cities in promoting and celebrating their unique cultural landscape. In addition to hosting art events in partner cities, the program’s comprehensive, multiyear development strategy is designed to expand the local art scene’s international engagement, thus generating opportunities of cultural exchange and economic development. Art Basel Cities will also highlight partner projects at 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
Investment banker; chair of the visual arts advisory board for Create NSW; chair of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia; board member of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and MoMA PS1; trustee of the American Academy in Rome; member of Tate and MoMA International Councils


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

Michael Tay
Group Managing Director,
The Hour Glass

Füsun Eczacıbaşı
Cofounder and Chair, SAHA Association

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