Art Basel hosts a series of conversations and talks on a range of subjects, including the collection and exhibition of art, understanding art from a geographical and historical perspective, and timely topics concerning the contemporary art scene. Artists, gallerists, art historians, curators, museum directors, publishers, and collectors participate in panel discussions, book signings, and interviews.

The morning Conversations series offers a platform for discussions that allows audiences access to an insider’s point of view. Dynamic dialogs take place between prominent members of the international artworld, each offering their unique perspective on producing, collecting, and exhibiting art. The Conversations series is supported by Absolut.

Conversations | Premiere | Artist Talk | Thomas Schütte

Thomas Schütte, Artist, Düsseldorf, in conversation with Massimiliano Gioni, Curator of the 55th Venice Biennial, Director of Exhibitions and Associate Director at New Museum, New York

Date | Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Conversations | Public/Private | Museums and Austerity

Suzanne Cotter, Director of the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto, Portugal
Marina Fokidis, Independent Curator, Founding Director of Kunsthalle Athena and Editor-in-Chief of South Magazine, Athens
Agustín Pérez Rubio, Independent Curator and former Director of the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, Madrid/New York
Moderator: András Szántó, Author and Cultural Consultant, New York

Date | Thursday, June 13, 2013

Conversations | Collectors Focus | Collecting New Media

Steven Sacks, Director of bitforms Gallery, New York
Alain Servais, Collector, Bruxelles
Carl Thoma, Collector, Chicago
Moderator: Alice Gray Stites, Chief Curator and Director of Art Programming, 21c Museum, Louisville, Kentucky, USA

Date | Friday, June 14, 2013

Conversations | The Artist and the Gallerist

Dan Graham, Artist, New York
Massimo Minini, Galleria Massimo Minini, Brescia, Italy
Moderator: Mark Rappolt, Editor, ArtReview, London

Date | Saturday, June 15, 2013

Conversations | Artistic Practice | The Artist as Farmer

Gianfranco Baruchello, Artist, Rome
Fritz Haeg, Artist, Los Angeles
Agnes Varda, Filmmaker and Artist, Paris
Adrian Villar Rojas, Arist, Buenos Aires
Zheng Guogu, Artist, Yangjiang
Moderator: Hans Ulrich Obrist, Co-Director of Serpentine Gallery, London

Date | Sunday, June 16, 2013