Founded by gallerists in 1970, Art Basel stages the world’s premier art shows for modern and contemporary works, sited in Basel, Miami Beach and Hong Kong.
Today, the art fair starts in that city in which it was originally founded. Basel is located on the banks of the Rhine, at the border between Switzerland, France and Germany.
Art Basel features nearly 300 leading galleries from North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa. More than 2,500 artists, ranging from the great masters of Modern art to the latest generation of emerging stars, are represented in the show’s multiple sections. The exhibition includes the highest-quality paintings, sculptures, drawings, installations, photographs, video and editioned works.
65,000 people attended Art Basel in 2011, the last edition of this favorite rendezvous for the global artworld, including art collectors, art dealers, artists, curators and other art enthusiasts.
—Impressions Art Basel 2012:
New Herzog & DeMeuron Building Messe Basel
Photos by Mike Zwahlen & Ioannis Martinis