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ART FEVER: BASEL'S CREATIVE EXPLOSION

Updated: Jun 12



Art Basel in Basel, 2023
Art Basel in Basel 2023. Courtesy of Art Basel

With the surge of openings and preview events happening across the city, it can mean only one thing, Art Basel is coming to town!


In it's midst, local foundations and galleries are preparing feverishly with exceptionally curated shows to captivate the crowds set to descend on Basel over the coming days. The air crackles with excitement.


Foundations and Galleries are strutting their stuff!



Drawing by Chris Wagner
Credit: Chris Wagner


If you’re already in the neighbourhood, must-see exhibitions include ‘Body Bilder’, showing at the Anja Edith Brinckmann Galerie, featuring the work of twenty-five talented artists in an explosion of paintings, sculptural work and performance.



Hortus Conclusus. Credit:Thessy Schoenholzer Nichols. Courtesy of Praxis Gallery

Hortus Conclusus, at the Praxis Galerie will present a contemporary interpretation of the symbiosis of nature and history innate to ‘closed gardens’. These fascinating sancturies have formed an important part of our human heritage spanning cultures and centuries.




Virtual Beauty, HEK. Daniel Sannwald and Beauty_GAN, Kylie Jenner, 2019. Courtesy of the artist

Virtual Beauty, showing at Haus der Elektronischen Künste (HEK) features works by over twenty emerging and established artists and explores how different technologies are shaping new canons of beauty today, raising questions around gender, sexuality, ethnicity and identity.



Art Fairs - Art Basel and others are coming to town!


Centre stage of Basel’s creative whirlwind, the 2024 edition of Art Basel in Basel, 13-16 June, will feature 285 of the world’s leading galleries, showcasing the highest quality of works across all media, including painting, sculpture, photography, and digital artworks. Twenty-two first-time participants will join a robust line-up of European exhibitors and returning galleries from around the globe.


Art Basel in Basel 2023. Courtesy of Art Basel

In addition to remarkable presentations in its Galleries, Feature, Statements, and Edition sectors, around seventy large-scale installations and performances will be on view in the show’s Unlimited sector, while the Kabinett sector will return for the second time to Art Basel in Switzerland to spotlight distinct, curated exhibitions within the main booths of exhibitors.


This year’s show will also present an expanded city-wide programme which includes Parcours, the Merian, Film, Conversations, and the Messeplatz project. The latter will host a major work by conceptual artist Agnes Denes, curated by Samuel Leuenberger.



Art Basel in Basel 2023. Courtesy of Art Basel

If that weren’t enough for the ardent art enthusiasts amongst us, the 19th Edition of Volta,10-16 June, returns to Basel with the most global fair edition to date, featuring over forty-five galleries from twenty-four countries. Serving the middle market, Volta is committed to curating an intimate and engaging space for collectors to connect with compelling narratives from around the world.


And finally, I mustn't forget to mention Liste Art Fair Basel, 10-16 June, the international fair for new discoveries in contemporary art.


Appetite whet sufficiently? Great, see you there! If you can’t make it, stay tuned—I’ll keep you updated as the excitement unfolds!   


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