Overview

Art Basel Cities is pleased to extend our engagement with the Buenos Aires artworld through 2019, building on exchanges begun in 2017 and augmenting the reach of key voices in the city’s cultural scene. After a successful Art Basel Cities Week in September 2018, April 2019 brought renewed attention to the ongoing Talks Program during the Semana del Arte organized by the government of the City of Buenos Aires. Following this fruitful immersion, Art Basel Cities will celebrate Argentine art during Art Basel Miami Beach in December 2019.

Up next: Buenos Aires in Miami Beach, December 2019

Up next: Buenos Aires in Miami Beach, December 2019

Art Basel Cities will bring Buenos Aires to Miami Beach during the Art Basel show (December 5–8, 2019). Two curators have been selected to oversee a public installation of large-scale artworks by Argentine artists in Collins Park: Florencia Battiti and Diana Wechsler. Battiti, the curator of the Argentine pavilion at the 2019 Venice Biennale, has served as head curator at Parque de la Memoria – Monumento a las Víctimas del Terrorismo de Estado since 2000. Wechsler is an Argentine art historian, researcher, and critic who is in charge of curatorial studies at UNTREF – Universidad de Tres de Febrero and is the head of its Research Institute on Arts and Culture. She is also the artistic and academic director of BIENALSUR, the international contemporary art biennial of South America. Further details will be announced in the coming months. 

Art Basel Cities Talks Program in collaboration with arteBA Fundación, April 2019

During a key moment in April, Art Basel Cities presented a special edition of the ongoing Talks Program in Buenos Aires, featuring 42 speakers discussing topics for and with the local audience, from gender theory to curatorial activism to responsible patronage. The pan-latitude lineup included artists, curators, collections, art historians and critics, technology entrepreneurs, philosophers, museum directors, and more.

These large-format and intimate discussions took place in transparent domes at two locations between April 12 and 14: the arteBA fair at La Rural exposition center, and Plaza Intendente Seeber, as part of the Semana del Arte spearheaded by the city’s ministry of culture.

Centered around an outdoor salon in a city park in Palermo, festivities included art installations by Carlos Huffmann, Marie Orensanz, Luna Paiva, Margarita Paksa, and Mariana Telleria; more than 43 exhibitions at 22 cultural venues; the arteBA fair; and a cinema art cycle presented by the Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente (BAFICI). Art Basel Cities was proud to partner with Buenos Aires for this celebration of contemporary art in the urban space.

Past Activations

Past Activations

Over the course of a two-year engagement, Art Basel Cities has participated in or produced dozens of events in partnership with the city of Buenos Aires and its cultural institutions. From the buzzing hub of the Art Basel Cities House in November 2017 to the movable feast of Art Basel Cities Week, featuring the innovative ‘Hopscotch (Rayuela)’ exhibition, curated by Cecilia Alemani, in September 2018 – and threaded together by the ongoing Talks Program – Art Basel Cities has been honored to contribute to the cultural life of Buenos Aires. Learn more about our past activities.