June is a special month for the people of Basil. Every year the city welcomes the art lovers of the planet at Art Basel. What is Art Basel? Perhaps the best definition was given by Vogue – «the most beautiful temporary museum in the world». Already excited? Let us tell you more!
Art Basel was founded in 1970 by Basel gallerists Ernst Beyeler, Trudi Bruckner and Balz Hilt and proved to be a success from the very start – the show attracted artists from ten countries and more than 16 000 visitors! Today Art Basel is 27 500 m2 of the exhibitions, several thousand artists, more than 100 000 visitors and about 300 galleries from America, Europe, Asia and Africa. During the first few days Art Basel works for the artists themselves, the media, and the collectors only. As the weekend comes, the fair welcomes the wider public. Through years the fair expanded and opened its doors for art enthusiasts in Miami and Hong Kong. However, the biggest dream of the gallerists and artists is getting to the authentic Art Basel and making the audience fall in love with modern art!
The fair takes place in Messe Basel – the largest exhibition centre in Switzerland. True stars of the art world, the newcomers – you can find them all here. The exhibition has been discovering young geniuses since its very beginning – in 1974 the section named Neue Tendenzen (New trends) appeared and though its name changed a few times, the core remained. Today it’s called Statements and it introduces mono-projects of the young artists.
The most fundamental in the first exhibition hall is the Unlimited section. It exists since 2000 and is allocated for big works of modern artists – videos, installations, sculptures, performances – everything that breaks the boundaries of commercial art. All the works to be presented here are thoroughly selected by a special committee. They have to meet certain requirements and, traditionally, be connected by one cross-cutting theme. This year’s Art Basel masterpieces raised the topic of a human in a modern world of globalization. The artists showed their visions of some important issues such as xenophobia, women rights, slavery, refugees and the most significant one – boundaries of all kinds. The audience in Unlimited is not just observers. Here you can as well be observed by the artworks, but more often you get involved in the process of creation.
Another exciting part of Art Basel is Collectors Lounge which can only be entered by the VIP guests. Here the collectors and the partner companies can interact with the artists and maybe offer them financial support in future projects.
In fact, Art Basel is much more than just an art fair. It also holds panel discussions, lectures, film sessions, magazine shops and lots of other things. However, even if you decide to stay here till the end, you won’t be able to see everything! You don’t even have to – art doesn’t tolerate vanity.
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