Art Basel 2021
The Art Basel, exhibiting art of the 20th and 21st centuries, is indisputably the world’s leading fair in the international art market. Around 250 selected galleries from around the world present modern and contemporary works of high quality, making the fair the most important temporary museum.
Basel is where the art world meets
The Art Basel is a meeting place for artists, art collectors and many celebrities from the art scene. The high-calibre exhibitions showcase various art forms, with both works by modern masters and art by emerging talents. The Art Basel brings the art world to life – which is probably why it is so successful.
Art Basel 2021: highlights
An impressive success story
As early as 1970, over 16,000 guests visited the first international Art Basel fair, which was started by three gallery owners from Basel: Trudl Bruckner, Ernst Beyeler and Balz Hilt. Both the exhibition space and the number of visitors doubled within just two years. Since 1999, Art Unlimited has hosted large-scale artworks such as sculptures, video projections and live performances. Its sister fair Art Basel Miami Beach debuted in the USA in 2002 with 160 galleries from 23 countries. Eleven years later, Art Basel Hong Kong finally opened.
One city – one gigantic exhibition
Parallel fairs of Art Basel
During the Art Basel week, a number of secondary fairs are organized in Basel and in the region. The Liste, Volta and Photo Basel are now permanent fixtures alongside the main fair.
The Liste Art Fair Basel was launched in 1996 as an international fair for discovering contemporary art. Here, younger galleries offer a platform to outstanding newcomers. The venue for the Liste will be moved to a hall at Messe Basel in 2021 in order to comply with the measures taken to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, there is also a digital version: Liste Showtime Online.
The Volta Art Fair Basel, the art fair in Basel for younger international galleries, has also established itself as an important parallel fair to the Art Basel since its inception in 2005.
At the Photo Basel, well-known and new galleries from Switzerland and abroad exhibit photographic art. It is the only international art fair in Switzerland dedicated entirely to photography-based art.
Coinciding with the art exhibitions, one of Europe’s most influential design fairs draws the attention of the global design scene to Basel. The forum Design Miami/Basel brings furniture, light and art objects to life – with sensational results.
Good to know.
The Art Basel takes place every year in early summer. In 2020, the Art Basel had to be cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2021 fair was therefore postponed to September.
The Art Basel is held in the halls of Messe Basel, one of which was designed by the internationally renowned Basel architects Herzog & de Meuron. Messe Basel is located directly in the city centre and is therefore easily accessible by all means of transport.
Around Messe Basel, there is a large number of restaurants serving regional and international cuisine.