The 2022 edition of Art Basel – which returned to its June schedule for the first time since the pandemic started in 2019 – featured 289 leading international galleries from 40 countries and territories. Among them were 19 first-time participants.
The show, whose Lead Partner is UBS, took place at Messe Basel from June 16 to 19, 2022. In addition to showcasing exceptional art within its Galleries, Feature, Statements, and Edition sectors, the fair presented 70 large-scale artworks in Unlimited; 21 site-specific projects in Parcours; a large-scale floor installation on the Messeplatz titled ‘Out of Sight’ by Lawrence Weiner, the American conceptual artist, who died last year; a dynamic Film program; as well as Conversations, the fair’s renowned talks series.
Leading private collectors from across Europe, the Americas, the Middle East, and Africa attended this year, as well as curators and representatives from over 300 museums and institutions.
‘We were once again delighted to welcome the international art world to Basel in June,’ says Marc Spiegler, Global Director, Art Basel. ‘This year we witnessed strong collector and curator attendance not only from across Europe, but also the Americas and Asia. Pent-up demand and the excellent quality on offer led to vigorous sales across all levels of the market and throughout the duration of the fair. This show truly demonstrates the importance of in-person events as a platform for vibrant encounters between cultural players.’
“Pent-up demand and the excellent quality on offer led to vigorous sales throughout the duration of the fair.”Marc Spiegler, Global Director Art Basel
In support of Ukraine, Art Basel collaborated with the City of Basel, leading cultural institutions in the city, Liste Art Fair, and the Pinchuk ArtCentre on a public art project featuring Ukrainian artist Boris Mikhailov’s latest photographic series, ‘Temptation of Death’; Art Basel also supported the benefit concert by Russian punk collective Pussy Riot and gave a donation of CHF 110,000 split evenly across three humanitarian aid organizations. On Thursday, June 16, Art Basel hosted its first Unlimited Night, with a program of special performances by Ari Benjamin Meyers and Nora Turato and an event with Grammy-Award-winning artist Chance the Rapper.