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 afternoon Salon program is an open platform for short presentations – often informal – such as artist talks, panels, lectures and performances with a range of speakers including artists, curators, academics, collectors, architects, art lawyers, critics and other cultural players.

Salon | Artist Talk | Materials for Immateriality

Marina Abramović, Artist, New York; Patrizia Moroso, Creative Director of Italian design brand Moroso, Udine; Patricia Urquiola, Designer, Milan
Moderator: Sam Keller, Director of Fondation Beyeler, Basel

Date | Thursday, December 4, 2014

Salon | Artist Talk | Ryan McNamara

Ryan McNamara, Artist, Brooklyn, in conversation with Claire Bishop, Art Historian and Critic, New York

Date | Thursday, December 4, 2014

Salon | Digital Talk | Instagram as an Artistic Medium

Klaus Biesenbach, Director of MoMA PS1 and Chief Curator-at-Large at Museum of Modern Art, New York; Simon de Pury, Auctioneer, Art Dealer, New York/London; Hans Ulrich Obrist, Co-Director, Serpentine Gallery, London; Kevin Systrom, CEO and co-founder of Instagram, New York; Amalia Ulman, Artist, Los Angeles/London/Gijón
Moderator: Bettina Korek, founder of ForYourArt, Los Angeles

Date | Thursday, December 4, 2014

Salon | The Artists' Legacy

Alexander S. C. Rower, President of Calder Foundation, New York, in conversation with Josh Baer, Publisher of Baer Faxt and Art Advisor, New York

Date | Thursday, December 4, 2014

Salon | Artist Talk | Mario Garcia Torres

Mario Garcia Torres, Artist, Mexico City, in conversation with Tobias Ostrander, PAMM Chief Curator, Miami

Date | Friday, December 5, 2014

Salon | Artist Talk | Playfulness: Artists as Online Gamers, Surfers and Armchair Digital Revolutionairies

David Gryn, Curator of Art Basel’s Film sector and Founder of Artprojx, London; Tabor Robak, Artist, Brooklyn; Rachel Rose, Artist, New York
Moderator: Chrissie Iles, Curator at the Whitney Museum, New York

Date | Friday, December 5, 2014

Salon | Artist Talk | Theo Jansen’s Strandbeest Project

Theo Jansen, Artist, The Hague and Lena Herzog, Photographer, Los Angeles, in conversation with Trevor Smith, Curator of Contemporary Art at Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusets

Date | Friday, December 5, 2014

Salon | Discussion | Y.ES Collect Contemporary Art El Salvador

Claire Breukel, Chief Curator, MARTE Contemporary and Editor of Y.ES, San Salvador, El Salvador; Mario Cáder-Frech, Collector, Founder of MARTE Contemporary and Publisher of Y.ES, Miami; Tom Healy, Executive Director of the Miami Book Fair International, Miami/New York; Simón Vega, Artist and Co-editor of Y.ES, La Libertad, El Salvador
Moderator: Sam Keller, Director of Fondation Beyeler, Basel

Date | Friday, December 5, 2014

Salon | Discussion | Public Art: ‘Fieldwork’

Ryan Gander, Artist, London, Liz Glynn, Artist, Los Angeles and Nicolás Goldberg, Artist, Buenos Aires, in conversation with Nicholas Baume, Curator of Art Basel’s Public sector and Director & Chief Curator of Public Art Fund, New York

Date | Friday, December 5, 2014

Salon | Discussion | Art Basel’s Crowdfunding Initiative: FocusProjects

Chana Budgazad Sheldon, Executive Director at Locust Projects, Miami; Mary Ceruti, Executive Director and Chief Curator at SculptureCenter, New York; Aaron Cezar, Director of Delfina Foundation, London; Stephanie Pereira, International Partnerships, Lead at Kickstarter, New York; Glenn Phillips, Acting Head of the Department of Architecture and Contemporary Art at Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles; Mari Spirito, Founding Director, Protocinema, Istanbul/New York
Moderator: András Szántó, Author and Cultural Consultant, New York

Date | Friday, December 5, 2014

Salon | Discussion | The State of Printed Magazines in the Digital Era

Stefano Cernuschi, Head of Publications at Mousse Publishing, Milan; Andrew McClintock, Publisher, Editor in Chief and Co-Founder of SFAQ, San Francisco
Moderator: Sarah Douglas, Editor in Chief of ARTnews

Date | Saturday, December 6, 2014

Salon | Artist Talk | Pedro Reyes

Pedro Reyes, Artist, Mexico City in conversation with Alex Gartenfeld, Deputy Director and Chief Curator of ICA

Date | Saturday, December 6, 2014

Salon | Book Talk | ‘33 Artists in 3 Acts’ by Sarah Thornton

Massimiliano Gioni, Artistic Director at New Museum, New York; Sarah Thornton, Writer and Sociologist of Art, London
Moderator: András Szántó, Author and Cultural Consultant, New York

Date | Saturday, December 6, 2014

Salon | Artist Talk | Julian Schnabel

Julian Schnabel, Artist, Filmmaker, New York, in conversation with Bonnie Clearwater, Art Director and Chief Curator, NSU Museum

Date | Saturday, December 6, 2014

Salon | Artist Talk | Media Death

Dora Budor, Artist, New York; Ian Cheng, Artist, New York; in conversation with Lauren Cornell, Curator, 2015 Triennial, New Museum, New York

Date | Saturday, December 6, 2014

Salon | Artist Talk | Shen Wei: In Black, White and Gray

Weng Ling, Curator and Founder of Beijing Center for the Arts and Artistic Director, China Center NYC, Beijing, Karin Oen, Curator, Crow Collection of Asian Art, Dallas, and Shen Wei, Artist and Choreographer, New York, in conversation with Jeremy Mikolajczak, Executive Director and Chief Curator, MDC Museum of Art + Design, Miami

Date | Saturday, December 6, 2014

Salon | Discussion | The Caribbean Artspace - maintaining curatorial integrity under socio-economic pressure

Amanda Coulson, Director of the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas, The Bahamas; Veerle Poupeye, Executive Director of the National Gallery of Jamaica, Kingston; Pablo Guardiola, Co-director of Beta-Local, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Moderator: Rachael Barrett, Founder Director Three Sixty Degrees, Kingston/New York

Date | Sunday, December 7, 2014

Salon | Artist Talk | Christian Falsnaes

Christian Falsnaes, Artist, Berlin in conversation with Carson Chan, Architecture Writer and Curator, Princeton.

Date | Sunday, December 7, 2014

Sunday March 15

1pm to 2pm | Abstract Space | Parallel Histories in Abstraction
Umer Butt, Gallerist, Grey Noise, Dubai; Mika Tajima, Artist, New York
Moderators: Sam Bardaouil & Till Fellrath, Co-founders, Art Reoriented, Munich/New York

2pm to 3pm | Venice Biennale: Focus Pakistan and India
Natasha Ginwala, Curatorial advisor and Public Programmes curator for the Gujral Foundation’s project My East is Your West at the 56th Venice Biennale, Berlin; Jitish Kallat, Artist and Curator of the 2014 Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Mumbai 
Moderator: Hammad Nasar, Head of Research and Programmes, Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong

3pm to 4pm | Case Study: Sharjah Art Foundation
Salah M. Hassan, Goldwin Smith Professor and Director, Africana Studies and Research Center and History of Art and Visual Studies, Cornell University, Ithaca NY; Sheikha Hoor Al Qasimi, President, Sharjah Art Foundation and curator of the United Arab Emirates National Pavilion, 56th Venice Biennale, Sharjah; Khalil Joreige, Filmmaker and artist, Paris/Beirut 
Moderator: Stephanie Bailey, Writer and Editor, Hong Kong/London

4pm to 5pm | News From Nowhere | Moon Kyungwon & Jeon Joonho
Moon Kyungwon, Artist, Seoul; Jeon Joonho, Artist, Seoul
Moderators: Sook-Kyung Lee, Research Curator, Tate Research
Centre: Asia-Pacific, and Curator, Asia-Pacific Acquisitions Committee, Tate Collection, London; Gregor Muir, Executive Director, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London

5pm to 6pm | Discussion | Reaching out: (Beyond) the Caucasus
Suad Garayeva, Curatorial Director of Exhibitions and Permanent Collection, Yarat, Baku; Dina Nasser-Khadivi, Curator and Founder, DNK Art Consulting, Geneva/Dubai; Taus Makhacheva, Artist, Makhachkala; Mila Askarova, Founder and Director, Gazelli Art House, London/Baku
Moderator: Princess Alia Al-Senussi, London

6 pm to 7pm | SEA | Social Engagement Artists/South East Asia and beyond
Shooshie Sulaiman, Artist, Kuala Lumpur; Mohamad ‘Ucup' Yusuf, Artist, Yogyakarta; Bo Zheng, Artist and Assistant Professor, School of Creative Media, City University, Hong Kong
Moderator: Mark Rappolt, Editor-in-chief, ArtReview/ArtReview Asia, London

Monday March 16

1pm to 2pm | Artist Talk | Isaac Julien
Isaac Julien, Artist, London, in conversation with Yung Ma, Associate Curator, ‘Moving Images’, M+, Hong Kong

2pm to 3pm | Making History Global | Expanding the Archive
Michelle Wong, Researcher, Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong; HG Masters, Editor At Large, ArtAsiaPacific, Hong Kong
Moderator: Charles Merewether, Visiting Professor, Baptist University, Hong Kong

3pm to 4pm | What's Next
Johannes M. Hedinger, Co-Founder, Com&Com, Professor, Zurich University of the Arts  and Editor of the book "What's Next?", Zürich/New York/Hong Kong; Song Kun, Artist, Beijing; Zhang Yehong, General Manager, Beepub, Beijing; Lu Yang, Artist, Beijing
Moderator: Li Zhenhua, Curator, Art Basel Film sector, and Director and Founder, Beijing Art Lab, Beijing/Zurich

4pm to 5pm | Alternative Models | Hybrids and Non-profits
Aaron Seeto, Director, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney; Hammad Nasar, Head of Research and Programs, Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong; Cosmin Costinas, Executive Director and Curator, Para Site, Hong Kong; Zhang Wei, Director, Vitamin Creative Space, Guangzhou
Moderator: Inti Guerrero, Independent Curator, Hong Kong

5pm to 6pm | Artist Talk | Wang Jianwei
Wang Jianwei, Artist, Beijing, in conversation with Thomas J. Berghuis, ;The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Curator of Chinese Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York

6pm to 7pm | Rebel City: Hong Kong as Site and Situation
Kurt Chan Yuk Keung, Professor, Department of Fine Arts, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong; Leung Po-shan Anthony, Artist, Hong Kong; Stephanie Sin, Artist, Hong Kong; Clara Cheung, Artist and Co-founder, C&G Artpartment, Hong Kong
Moderator: John Batten, Writer, Art Critic, Curator and Organizer, Hong Kong

Tuesday March 17

1pm to 2pm | Towards an Informal Comparison
Ming Wong, Artist, Berlin/Singapore; Haegue Yang, Artist, Berlin/Seoul
Moderator: Venus Lau, Consulting Curator, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing

2pm to 3pm | Post Global: Art After Identity Politics
Guan Xiao, Artist, Beijing; Wu Tsang, Artist, Los Angeles 
Moderator: Nav Haq, Exhibitions Curator, MuHKA, Antwerp

3pm to 4pm | Into Asia: Publishing Asian Editions
Alessio Ascari, Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Kaleidoscope, Milan; Teiya Iwabuchi, Chief Editor, Bijutsu Techo, Tokyo; Daniel Szehin Ho, Editor and Co-Founder, randian, Hong Kong
Moderator: Robin Peckham, Deputy Editor, Leap, Beijing

4pm to 5pm | How Does an Artwork ‘Go to Work’?
Chang Tsong-zung (Johnson Chang), Director, Hanart T Z Gallery, Hong Kong; in conversation with David Clarke, Art Historian, Hong Kong; Frank Vigneron, Critical Theorist and Artist, Hong Kong