Grosse durchsichtige Bälle des britischen Künstlers Monster Chetwynd während der Art Basel 2021 auf dem Messeplatz.

Cosmopolitan

This is Basel.

Art Basel 2023

15 to 18 June 2023

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.
Inspiration

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. 

Highlights
Inspiration

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.

The highlights of Art Basel Unlimited 2022

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 and 2022 in order to comply with the measures taken to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2021, Liste presented its two new online formats: the digital arts fair Liste Showtime and the digital research forum Liste Expedition.

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. 

Das Basel der Basler
Die Fondation Beyeler in Riehen. Zentral ist der Museumsdirektor Sam Keller zu sehen.
“For such a relatively small city, Basel has huge international pulling power – thanks in no small part to its museums and Art Basel.”
This is Basel for
Sam Keller · Director of the Fondation Beyeler and the former director of Art Basel
Erleben Sie Basel
Häufig gestellte Fragen

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.

  • The exhibitors are influential and innovative galleries from all over the world. 

  • You can get your tickets for Art Basel online or on-site without queuing at the Basel Tourism information booths at the Swiss SBB railway station and Badischer Bahnhof.

  • A day ticket costs CHF 65.

  • Guided tours in German, English and French will be available.

  • Guided tours in German and English will be available.

  • Every entrance to the exhibition halls is wheelchair-accessible. If you wish to hire a wheelchair, please visit the information desk in Hall 1 or Hall 2. 

    This is where people with disabilities can find information on the accessibility of hotels, museums and events, so that they can plan their visit to Basel in advance.

  • Around Messe Basel, there is a large number of restaurants serving regional and international cuisine.

  • The Messeturm, 105 metres tall, is located directly on the exhibition grounds. From Bar Rouge on the top floor, you will have a breath-taking view of many other places of interest in Basel, all within easy reach by tram or on foot.