About Art Basel

Art Basel stages the world's premier Modern and contemporary art shows, held annually in Basel, Miami Beach, and Hong Kong. Founded by gallerists in 1970, Art Basel has been a driving force in supporting the role that galleries play in the nurturing of artists, and the development and promotion of visual arts.

In addition to showing exciting works by world-renowned artists, Art Basel is always innovating, thus expanding its platform for new artists who represent the vanguard of the visual arts. Its worldwide reputation – earned over the last forty years – for showing work of the highest merit, and attracting the world's leading gallerists and collectors, has made Art Basel the place where the artworld meets.

Our History

In 1970, a few Basel gallerists put their passion and determination behind an ambitious vision, and now, over forty years later, Art Basel is recognized as the premier international art show, providing a platform for artists and gallerists from around the world. Take a look at our timeline to see where we have been and how far we have come. 

Our Role

The dynamic relationships between art galleries, their artists, private collectors and public institutions play an essential role in today's artworld, and connecting the international art community has been Art Basel's goal since its beginning.

Our Shows

Three annual shows bring the artworld together in some of the world's most exciting venues: Basel, in the heart of Europe; Miami Beach at the nexus of North and South America; and Hong Kong, the gateway to Asia.

New Initiatives

Art Basel continuously develops new projects to strengthen its commitment to the artworld. Art Basel's partnership with Kickstarter, the funding platform for creative projects, supports global non-profit visual arts organizations at a time when arts funding is difficult to secure. Next connects current and future collectors and introduces them directly to gallery owners and directors to help expand their collecting practice at different levels with a personal and targeted outreach. In collaboration with HKU SPACE Centre for Degree Programmes (CDP) and Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design (CSM), Art Basel is part of an executive program on collecting contemporary art. Art Basel and BMW have launched the BMW Art Journey, a first-of-its-kind award enabling selected artists to design a journey of creative discovery.

Talks Archive

Some of the most prominent and respected figures in the international artworld have shared their knowledge, ideas and expertise during Art Basel's Salon and Conversations Series. Both extensive and engaging, videos and transcripts of more than 200 of these thought-provoking and wide-ranging exchanges are available in our Talks Archive.

Who We Are

Behind Art Basel stands a team of individuals with a range and depth of experience in the artworld and related disciplines. Each member channels his or her expertise into making Art Basel shows the most prestigious platform for artists, gallerists, and collectors. Learn more about our team, including employment opportunities offered by Art Basel and its parent company, MCH Group. 


On our FAQs page you will find answers to most frequently asked questions about our shows in Basel, Miami Beach, and Hong Kong.

Contact Us

In order to assist you in contacting the Art Basel representative best suited to your needs, we've created an easy contact process

Top Events of Switzerland

Art Basel is a member of "Top Events of Switzerland", an association comprised of eight events of the highest quality across the country – Art Basel, Festival del film Locarno, Lucerne Festival, Montreux Jazz Festival, Weltklasse Zürich, Omega European Masters, Ski World Cup Wengen and White Turf – that give visitors the opportunity to experience excellence in art, culture, music and sports.

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