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. 

Conversations | Premiere | Artist Talk | Wolfgang Tillmans

Wolfgang Tillmans, Artist, Berlin, in conversation with Daniel Buchholz, Galerie Buchholz, Berlin/Cologne

This year, the German artist, Wolfgang Tillmans, and his long time gallerist, Daniel Buchholz, inaugurate the Conversations series with a discussion about Tillmans' career, work and most recent projects and exhibitions, including those at the 8th Berlin Biennale (2014), the 14th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice (2014) and 'Neue Welt' at Kunsthalle Zurich (2012).

Date | Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Conversations | Public/Private | Institutions for Time-based Art

RoseLee Goldberg, Founding Director and Curator of Performa, New York; Otobong Nkanga, Artist, Antwerp/Berlin; Catherine Wood, Curator of Contemporary Art and Performance at Tate Modern, London
Moderator: Andras Szanto, Author and Cultural Consultant, New York

Recent years have seen an explosion of interest in performance practice, receiving wide international exposure at museums, festivals, biennales, and increasingly, in the commercial sphere. This panel of leading voices in the field will assess the evolution of performance and debate the way forward. Despite the growing recognition for performance, questions loom: How can performance connect more deeply to other forms of artistic practice? What are the commercial underpinnings of the art form? What obstacles are faced when presenting and promoting performative work?

Date | Thursday, June 19, 2014

Conversations | Artistic Practice | The Artist as Choreographer

Alexandra Bachzetsis, Artist and Choreographer, Basel; Yve Laris Cohen, Artist and Choreographer, New York; Xavier Le Roy, Dancer and Choreographer, Paris; Isabel Lewis, Dancer and Artist, Berlin
Moderator: Hans Ulrich Obrist, Co-Director, Serpentine Gallery, London

This panel focuses on artists engaged in the field of dance and choreography. Conceived by Hans Ulrich Obrist, this is the eighth installment in the series entitled 'Artistic Practice', following 'The Artist as School Maker', 'The Artist as Urbanist', 'The Artist as Poet', 'The Artist as Activist', 'The Artist as Musician', 'The Artist as Farmer' and 'The Artist as Technologist'.

Date | Friday, June 20, 2014

Conversations | The Artist and the Gallerist | Pascale Marthine Tayou and Lorenzo Fiaschi

Pascale Marthine Tayou, Artist, Ghent (Belgium) and Yaoundé (Cameroon); Lorenzo Fiaschi, Director and Partner, Galleria Continua, San Gimignano/Beijing/Les Moulins
Moderator: Alya Sebti, Artistic Director, Marrakech Biennale, Marrakech/Berlin

'The Artist and the Gallerist' offers a peek behind the curtain of the unique and essential artworld relationship between artists and their representing galleries. Tayou's most recent exhibitions include 'I love you!' at Kunsthaus Bregenz and 'Update!' at Galleria Continua in San Gimignano, Italy.

Date | Saturday, June 21, 2014

Conversations | In Honor of Sturtevant (1930 - 2014)

AA Bronson, Artist, Berlin; Florence Bonnefous, Air de Paris, Paris; Anne Dressen, Curator, ARC/Musée d'Art moderne de la Ville de Paris; Mario Kramer, Head of Collection and Curator of 'Sturtevant: Drawing Double Reversal', MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main; Beatrix Ruf, Director Kunsthalle Zurich

Sturtevant, who passed away in May in Paris, where she had lived and worked for the past 40 years, was best known for her remakes of masterworks by artists such as Jasper Johns, Frank Stella and Andy Warhol. She was awarded the Golden Lion Award for Lifetime Achievement at the Venice Biennale in 2011.

Date | Sunday, June 22, 2014