- With 289 leading galleries from 40 countries and territories, Art Basel will once again bring together the international artworld in June for a premier edition of its Swiss show
- 19 galleries – from across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the Americas – join the fair for the first time
- The 2022 edition will again adopt a hybrid physical and digital format to engage the broadest audiences onsite and online
- Art Basel, whose Lead Partner is UBS, will take place at Messe Basel from June 16 to 19, 2022
The 2022 edition of Art Basel this June will bring together 289 leading international galleries to present the highest quality artworks across all media – from painting and sculpture to photography and digital works – by artists ranging from early 20th-century Modern pioneers to cutting-edge contemporary practitioners. A strong line-up of galleries from across Europe will be joined by new and returning exhibitors from around the world, including Africa, Asia, North and South America, and the Middle East.
19 galleries will join the show for the first time, including two first-time participants from Africa: Jahmek Contemporary Art from Luanda and OH Gallery from Dakar. Newcomers to the fair also include: Athr Gallery, with exhibition spaces in Diriyah, Al-'Ula, and Jeddah; Altman Siegel from San Francisco; Galería RGR from Mexico City; Proyectos Ultravioleta from Guatemala City; Gallery Sofie Van de Velde from Antwerp; Edouard Montassut from Paris; Veda from Florence; Ceysson & Bénétière, with spaces in Lyon, Paris, Saint-Etienne, Koerich, and New York; Mariane Ibrahim, with spaces in Paris and Chicago; Château Shatto from Los Angeles; Clearing, with spaces in Brussels, Los Angeles, and New York; Nicelle Beauchene Gallery from New York; Galerie Maria Bernheim, with spaces in Zurich and London; Laveronica arte contemporanea from Modica; Ivan Gallery from Bucharest; Nino Mier Gallery, with spaces in Brussels, Los Angeles, and Marfa; and PM8 / Francisco Salas from Vigo.
In recognition of the changing gallery landscape, this year Art Basel and its Basel Selection Committee relaxed its exhibitor application requirements, including the minimum number of exhibitions a gallery must hold per year, the need to have a permanent exhibition space, and the number of years the gallery must have been in operation. These changes in the requirements, which were first introduced for the 2021 edition of the show in Miami Beach, have now been adopted across all three of Art Basel’s shows, allowing the fair to welcome a broader range of first-time participants internationally.
‘We are looking forward to staging Art Basel's first June show since 2019, especially with such a strong line-up of galleries, including the return of many who were forced by the pandemic to take a hiatus last year,’ says Marc Spiegler, Global Director, Art Basel. ‘This year's quality and breadth of material will be on par with previous editions of our show – yet more diverse than ever before in terms of the galleries participating.’
Bringing together the fair’s physical and digital platforms, Art Basel Live will once again amplify onsite presentations in Basel to the broadest possible global audiences – transmitting the vibrancy and excitement from the show floor via a digital program comprising Online Viewing Rooms, virtual walkthroughs, and social media broadcasts.
The Basel show will return with compelling presentations across its special sectors: Unlimited, featuring large-scale installations that transcend the dimensions of traditional art-fair booths; Parcours, showcasing site-specific works throughout the city of Basel; Film; and Conversations, while the city’s Messeplatz will once again be activated with a site-specific intervention. More details on presentations across special sectors will be released in the coming weeks.