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 | Lynda Benglis

Lynda Benglis, Artist, New York/Sante Fe/East Hampton in conversation with Suzanne Weaver, Interim Director of ICA, Miami

Lynda Benglis, whose innovative and vivid sculptures have been challenging the art establishment for half a century, will inaugurate this year’s Conversations series. Her work is about expression of space, color, texture and substance – materials that have been widely explored in her remarkable career. But Lyndas' art also thematizes sex, power and gender, as infamously stated with her advertisement in the Artforum November issue of 1974, which startled the 1970s artworld and provoked unpredictable responses. Today, 40 years later, how far have we (not) progressed?

Date | Thursday, December 4, 2014

Conversations | Public/Private | New Funding Models for the Visual Arts

Stephanie Pereira, International Partnerships Lead at Kickstarter, New York; Jérôme Poggi, Gallerist, Paris; Dennis Scholl, Collector and Vice President, Knight Foundation, Miami
Moderator: András Szántó, Author and Cultural Consultant, New York

The inspiration for this panel comes from the recent launch of Art Basel’s Crowdfunding Initiative with Kickstarter. Considering that crowdfunding is now one of the most efficient as well as innovative ways to collect funds, the conversation explores a number of pressing matters surrounding the question of funding for the arts in general and visual arts in particular, amongst others the context of a booming art market. How is it possible to ensure that adequate resources will flow not only to commercially popular artists, but also to the many non-profit organizations that contribute to a healthy ecology for the visual arts?

Date | Friday, December 5, 2014

Conversations | Shifting Boundaries: Art Initiatives in an Expanding Globe

Christina Bicalho, Entrepreneur, Member of Pinacoteca Patrons and International Leadership Council of the New Museum, Sao Paolo; Ella Fontanals-Cisneros, founder and president of CIFO, Miami; Pablo León de la Barra¸ Guggenheim UBS MAP Curator, Latin America, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, London; Victoria Noorthoorn, Director of the Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires
Moderator: Abaseh Mirvali, Independent Contemporary Art & Architecture Project Producer and Curator, Berlin/Mexico City

This panel explores the challenges and processes of selecting, supporting and curating contemporary art projects from several perspectives: curatorial, financial and community impact. How do cultural institutions and other spaces balance the parameters, priorities and goals envisioned with their quest for financial stability, yet maintain integrity in terms of artistic programming?

Date | Saturday, December 6, 2014

Conversations | Artistic Practice | The Artist as Curator

Liu Ding, Artist and Curator, Beijing; Rirkrit Tiravanija, Artist, New York/Berlin/Chiang Mai; Joseph Kosuth, Artist, New York; Martha Rosler, Artist, Brooklyn, New York; Martha Wilson, Artist and Founding Director of Franklin Furnace Archive, Inc., New York
Moderator: Hans Ulrich Obrist, Co-Director, Serpentine Gallery, London

This panel provides an ongoing overview of the different artistic practices. At this installment, Hans Ulrich Obrist invites artists who are also operating as curator, not only for their own show, but who also for the exhibitions of other artists.

Date | Sunday, December 7, 2014