At Art Basel in Basel, 272 leading galleries from Europe, Asia, North and South America, the Middle East and Africa present the highest quality of artworks. In the main sector, 221 galleries show a wide range of artworks – from paintings, sculptures, installations, photographs to video and digital art and editions. The “Feature” sector includes ambitiously curated presentations by some two dozen galleries, including numerous first-time exhibitors. A similarly large number of individual presentations is shown in the “Statements” sector, which is dedicated to emerging artists. Furthermore, in the “Edition” sector leading galleries from the field of prints and editions are represented for the first time.
“Art Basel Unlimited” has been curated for the first time by Giovanni Carmine, director of Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen. It features about 60 large-scale projects by renowned and emerging artists. Two separate art interventions are presented on the “Messeplatz”. The 12th edition of “Parcours” shows 20 site-specific artworks in the center of Basel. The film program at “Stadtkino Basel” and the “Conversation” panels are other program highlights around Art Basel.
Combining physical and digital platforms
Marc Spiegler, Global Director of Art Basel says, “During the pandemic, opportunities were limited to discover the works of new artists and meet new collectors who support their program. That’s why it’s important to be able to stage our show again in person, while at the same time building upon the digital innovations of the past year to continue engaging the broadest possible audiences worldwide.”
Indeed, Art Basel in Basel embraces a hybrid format combining physical and digital platforms. “Art Basel Live,” the digital initiative first launched at Art Basel in Hong Kong, complements the onsite presentations in Basel, transmitting the vibrancy and excitement from the show floor to the broadest possible global audience through a digital program comprising Online Viewing Rooms, virtual walkthroughs, and social media broadcasts.
The Art Basel team places the utmost importance on the health safety of people on-site. For this purpose, a detailed Covid protection concept was developed. Admission to the show is restricted to persons who have been vaccinated, recovered or tested and can present a valid Covid certificate. In addition, masks are mandatory in all exhibition halls. To ensure a smooth visit, a Covid Certificate Center has been set up where certification will be checked and visitors can also get tested.