Art Basel Cities: Buenos AiresTalks Program

Art Basel Cities Talks Program in Buenos Aires

Launched in November 2017, The Art Basel Cities Talks Program in Buenos Aires facilitates exchanges and conversations about art between members of the Argentine and international art communities, together with the wider public.

With 24 events held in informal and unconventional formats, the Talks Program takes place throughout the year, coinciding with key cultural activations in Buenos Aires, as well as during Art Basel Cities Week, September 6-12, 2018. It engages with cultural institutions and leading art schools, universities and educational organizations.

To date, the program 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. The first two panel discussions of this year were held in collaboration with arteBA, the largest contemporary art fair in Latin America, from May 24-27, 2018. 

The Art Basel Cities Talks Program is structured around two formats of engagement:

Artist Talks

To complement Hopscotch, the citywide exhibition curated by Cecilia Alemani, Artistic Director of the 2018 Art Basel Cities Week in Buenos Aires, artists were invited to discuss their works on-site, on their own, or in conversation, with an Argentine or international art expert. These talks were open to the public.


Featuring invited international artists, art professionals, and thought leaders, Masterclasses are designed for Buenos Aires’ art professionals, as well as university students. The talks will be offered in two formats: a single speaker in a seminar-style setting, or multiple experts with larger audiences. Masterclass topics may include, for example, questions of organizational management, communicating about the arts, and theoretical or curatorial issues.