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 | Doug Aitken

Doug Aitken inaugurated the 2013 Conversations series in Miami Beach with a discussion about his most recent project 'Station to Station'.

Doug Aitken, Artist, Los Angeles/New York in conversation with Michelle Kuo, Editor, Artforum, New York

Date | Thursday, December 5, 2013

Conversations | Public/Private | Museums Go Global

Drawing on recent experiences with global initiatives and collaborations, this panel of leading curators and museum directors will explore the benefits and pitfalls of going global.

Patrick Charpenel, Director, Fundación Jumex, Mexico City; Chris Dercon, Director, Tate Modern, London; Chus Martinez, Chief Curator at El Museo del Barrio, New York; Alexandra Munroe, Samsung Senior Curator, Asian Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
Moderator: András Szántó, Author and Consultant, New York

Date | Friday, December 6, 2013

Conversations | The Artist and the Gallerist

Launched at the 2013 inaugural Art Basel show in Hong Kong, the series titled 'The Artist and the Gallerist' offers a peek behind the curtain of the unique and essential artworld relationship between artists and their representing galleries.

Abraham Cruzvillegas, Artist, Mexico City; Jose Kuri, Co-Founders of kurimanzutto gallery, Mexico City Moderator: Mark Rappolt, Editor, ArtReview, London

Date | Saturday, December 7, 2013

Conversations | Artistic Practice | The Artist as Technologist

Offering fresh insights on dynamic models of artistic practice, this panel brings together artists whose work is related to current developments in technology and the realm of the digital.

Cory Arcangel, Artist, Los Angeles; Cécile B. Evans, Artist, Berlin; Camille Henrot, Artist, Paris; Robert Whitman, Artist and Co-Founder of Experiments in Art and Technology, New York
Moderator: Hans Ulrich Obrist, Co-Director, Serpentine Gallery, London

Date | Sunday, Dec 8, 2013