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.

Premiere | Artist Talk | Cao Fei

Cao Fei, Artist, Beijing, in conversation with Hans Ulrich Obrist, Co-Director, Serpentine Gallery, London

Inaugurating this year’s Conversations series, Chinese artist Cao Fei is in discussion with Hans Ulrich Obrist, Co-Director, Serpentine Gallery, London. Cao Fei’s multi-media practice explores the contemporary conditions in urban China, taking form in RMB City – a city the artist developed as the avatar ‘China Tracy’ in the online world of Second Life. Modeled as a composite Chinese city of the 21st Century, RMB City operates as an open platform that interrogates the boundaries between the virtual and the real, exploring, as the artist states, ‘fantasy realms that are highly self-contradictory, inter-permeative, pan-political, extremely entertaining and laden with irony and suspicion.’

Date | Sunday, March 15, 2015

Collectors Talk | Trans-Pacific Collecting

Alan Lau, Collector, Member,Tate’s Asia Pacific Acquisition Committee, Hong Kong; Anurag Khanna, Collector, Director, Carbon Edge Industries and winner of the Forbes Young Collector 2014, Gandhidham, India; Phillip Keir, Co-founder, Keir Foundation, and Chairman, Biennale of Sydney, Sydney
Moderator: William Lim, Collector and Managing Director, CL3 Architects Limited, Hong Kong

What is Trans-Pacific collecting, and how does one go about producing a collection that crosses borders and cultures? How are collecting practices evolving, and what concerns do collectors have when it comes to engaging with an artworld that is expansive, diverse and complex? Further to this, what have collectors today learned from the artworld they are engaging in – from the artists they encounter, to the art scenes they are exposed to? These are among the questions that will be explored by this panel of established collectors.

Date | Monday, March 16, 2015

Conversations | Moving Without Moving | How Global Institutions Travel

Joselina Cruz, Director and Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (MCAD), Manila; Ute Meta Bauer, Founding Director, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA), Singapore; Doryun Chong, Chief Curator, M+, Hong Kong; Philip Tinari, Director, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing
Moderator: Ingrid Chu, Public Programs Curator, Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong

How do museums become global when they are anchored to their localities? This conversation explores how local institutions are adapting to the increasing need to move beyond the confines of their contexts to become part of a wider conversation in the globalized artworld, including modifying curatorial programs, outreach initiatives and other methods with which institutions expand their reach.

Date | Tuesday, March 17, 2015