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Art Basel at 50 - the 1970s

Discover the fair's history, decade by decade

2020 marks Art Basel's 50th anniversary. Conceived as a fair by gallerists for gallerists, it has brought together thousands of exhibitors, artists, and visitors since its inception. Through archive images, quotes from early participants, and key facts and figures, we invite you to discover Art Basel's founding years.


The Genesis: 1970

Art Basel, founded by the Basel gallerists Ernst Beyeler, Trudl Bruckner, and Balz Hilt, launches with 90 galleries and 20 publishers from 10 countries.

First edition: Facts and Figures

  • 16,300 visitors
  • 110 exhibitors
  • 10 countries: Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, USA
  • Day Ticket: CHF 5

The Early Years

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