Your essential guide to Art Basel’s 2019 edition

From exclusive events to our floorplan and catalog highlights, practical must-haves at your fingertips


The 49th edition of  Art Basel in Basel is about to kick off!

Before you hit the halls, browse the show’s Online Catalog. Select artworks, artists, and galleries, or follow the lead of Professor Chus Martínez, Collector Valeria Napoleone, and Curator Stefanie Hessler, who have already picked their highlights. Make sure to download the Art Basel Mobile App (for iOS and Android) to enjoy the best digital experience.

Experience the incredible variety of Modern and contemporary art on view in the show’s five main sectors: GalleriesUnlimitedFeatureStatements, and Parcours, which takes place in Basel’s Old Town. Consult our floorplan to find out where your favorites will be located, and dive into Art Basel Stories for a more in-depth look at the show’s protagonists and highlights.

Make sure to attend the  Conversations program, where major figures such as artist Coco Fusco, gallerist Andrée Sfeir-Semler, architect Jacques Herzog, theorist Benjamin H. Bratton, and many more will discuss the issues that have been shaping contemporary culture. Not to miss is Art Basel Conversations’s first sonic lecture, led by the Johannesburg-based collective Keleketla!Library. Entry to the Conversations program is free of charge.

The Film program is particularly rich this year and features such gems as Rashid Johnson’s directorial debut Native Son (2019), which updates Richard Wright’s eponymous 1940 novel, and Cao Fei’s Prison Architect (2018), shot in Hong Kong’s former Central Police Station. For ticket reservations, please contact film@artbasel.com

Finally, do not miss the chance to enjoy Basel’s exceptional cultural landscape. Visit our Online Events Calendar to find out more about all openings, guided tours, and talks taking place during the week.

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Enjoy the show!

Top image: a visitor in front of works by Alex Katz, presented by Monica De Cardenas in the Feature sector at last year's edition of Art Basel.