Art 41 Basel - The Premier International Art Show

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Art     2010-03-03

Art 41 Basel - The Premier International Art Show

This year, the 41st edition of Art Basel takes place in Basel, Switzerland, from June 16 through June 20, 2010. As the world’s premier art show, Art Basel marks the annual summer reunion of the international artworld, hosted by the city of Basel, which has been a cultural capital for centuries.

More than 300 galleries from 36 countries on six continents will show works by over 2,500 artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. Furthermore, our exhibitors will present major works in the Art Unlimited sector, featuring more than 60 ambitious projects, and in the Art Public sector on Messeplatz.

A special event at Art 41 Basel will be the Art Parcours program, which will transform a variety of locations throughout Basel with site-specific artworks and performances. Complimenting Art Basel’s extensive offerings, the city’s museums and institutions once again feature fascinating exhibitions, with a par-ticularly strong focus this year on stars of the recent decades, such as Matthew Barney, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Félix González-Torres, Rodney Graham and Gabriel Orozco.

Founded by a group of local gallerists, the first Art Basel took place in 1970 and the event has long ranked as the most prestigious art show worldwide. The show regularly attracts some 60,000 artists, collectors, gallerists, museum directors, curators, and
art enthusiasts, all drawn by both the quality and diversity of the artworks exhibited.
Art 41 Basel will showcase every form of artistic expression, including paintings,
drawings, editions, sculptures, installations, photography, performances, and video
art. Inexpensive works by emerging artists will be on display alongside museum-quality masterpieces priced in the millions.

More than 300 of the world’s leading galleries will exhibit at Art Basel, selected from more than 1,100 applicants by the Art Basel Committee, an international jury of
renowned gallerists. These include 72 galleries from the United States; 53 from Germany; 32 from Switzerland; 27 from both France and Great Britain; 20 from Italy; 8 each from Belgium and Spain; 7 from Austria; 6 from Japan; 5 from India; 4 from Brazil; 3 each from China, Mexico and the Netherlands; 2 from Canada, Denmark, Norway and Poland; and one from Argentina, Australia, Colombia, Czech Republic, Finland, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, New Zealand, Portugal, Russia, South Korea, South Africa, Sweden, and Turkey. (See a full list of exhibitors at

Art Galleries and Art Edition sectors

Once again, the world’s leading galleries will be exhibiting at the show, for which more than 99 percent of last year’s exhibitors reapplied. This year’s strong roster of returning
participants will be enhanced by diverse new galleries. Newly presenting contemporary art in Art Galleries are by Baronian Francey (Brussels), i8 Gallery (Reykjavik), Nicolas Krupp (Basel), Simon Lee Gallery (London), Kamel Mennour (Paris), Galerie Nathalie Obadia (Paris), Sies + Höke (Düsseldorf), Taka Ishii Gallery (Tokyo), and Tucci Russo (Torino). After a brief hiatus, Sikkema Jenkins & Co. (New York) rejoins Art Basel’s exhibitors in the Art Galleries sector. The lineup of galleries showing 20th-century clas-sics is augmented by Galerie Jacques de la Béraudière (Geneva) and Edward Tyler Nahem Fine Art (New York). The specialists in Art Edition are joined by Item Editions (Paris), and the roster of photographic galleries is enhanced by the addition of Sage Paris (Paris).

Art Statements Sector A frequent site of discovery by those seeking emerging artists, Art Statements this year features 26 single-artist projects from younger galleries worldwide. The projects on display are new and created specifically for presentation in Art Statements. Since 1999, the Bâloise Insurance Group has awarded its annual Bâloise Art Prize to two outstanding Art Statements projects. This year, the prize stands at CHF 30,000 for each artist, in addition to which Bâloise will also acquire works by the prize-winning artists and donate them to two important museums in Europe.

Art Feature Sector

The newly introduced Art Feature focuses on the curatorial aspects of the gallerist’s practice. This year 20 gallery projects - featuring artistic dialogues, solo shows and
exceptional art historical material - will be presented on both floors of Hall 2 alongside the Art Galleries sector.

Art Unlimited Sector

Art Unlimited will spotlight more than 60 ambitious works, many of them created espe-cially for Art 41 Basel. With the accent on innovative and large-scale works, everything from outsize sculptures and installations to video projections, wall paintings, and per-formances will be on show. The exhibition concept has once again been elaborated in collaboration with Geneva curator Simon Lamunière.

Art Public Sector

The exhibition area on Messeplatz, in front of the buildings hosting Art Basel, will again serve as an arena for art in the public space, placing art in the urban context and encouraging interaction with the general public. The sector is again curated by Basel curator Martin Schwander.

Art Parcours

For three successive nights, site-specific artworks and performances by internationally renowned artists and emerging talents will transform a variety of unique locations throughout Basel. This parcours of high-caliber pieces, selected by San Francisco-
based curator Jens Hoffmann, will engage with today's Basel and with its long history, weaving artistic interventions into the fabric of the city.
Art Basel Conversations and Art Salon Staged every morning (June 16 to June 20), Art Basel Conversations bring together prominent members of the international art scene. The Premiere of the Art Basel Conversations features an Artist Talk with Paul McCarthy. Further topics include ‘A Life in Art: Irving Blum’, ‘The Future of the Museum: Art and Architecture,’ ‘Public/Private: Crossing the Atlantic’ and ‘Living Legend: Giuseppe Panza di Biumo.’ Additionally, a daily program of six artist conversations, book signings, discussion forums, and other presentations will take place in the Art Salon forum every afternoon.

Art Film

Art Basel's week-long program of films by and about artists, Art Film, is curated by Berlin film scholar Marc Glöde (Berlin) and This Brunner, the Zürich collector with pro-found knowledge of the international film scene. Marc Glöde's program presents films by artists sub-divided into four evenings with different themes. This Brunner will curate an evening devoted to a single feature film with strong ties to the artworld.

Art Basel Weekend

On the weekend of June 18 to June 20, 2010, Art 41 Basel will celebrate the
Art Basel Weekend, highlighting special activities (solo shows, performances, book signings etc.) from the participating galleries. A variety of panels and presentations geared to art professionals will also be held during the weekend in the context of
Art Basel Conversations and Art Salon. And the museums and institutions in Basel will feature a broad range of special events such as guided tours, performances and talks.
Art Basel Catalogs

Art 41 Basel offers a lavish catalog as of May 2010. Published by Hatje Cantz, the high-quality publication contains reproductions of approximately 600 works, from Modern classics to the latest in cutting-edge art. The separately published limited-
edition Art Unlimited catalog will be available at Art Basel.

Art Basel’s Sponsors

Our main partner, UBS, has a valued tradition of supporting the arts and has been
the main sponsor of Art Basel for the past 17 years. At the Associate Sponsor level, Cartier, NetJets and AXA Art continue their significant partnership with Art Basel.
Art Basel is also supported by Bâloise Holding, Vitra, Davidoff, Moët Hennessy and
the Singapore Freeport. The VIP car service will again be provided by Volkswagen.

Museums in Basel

The exceptional lineup of shows this year during Art 41 Basel includes: ‘Matthew Barney – Prayer Sheet with the Wound and the Nail’ at the Schaulager; Gabriel Orozco and ‘Rosemarie Trockel – Drawings’ at the Kunstmuseum Basel; Jean-Michel Basquiat
and ‘Félix González-Torres – Specific Objects without Specific Form’ at the Fondation Beyeler; ‘Rodney Graham – Through the Forest’ at the Museum für Gegenwartskunst; ‘Robot Dreams’ at the Tinguely Museum; ‘Strange Comfort (Afforded by the Profession)’ and Moyra Davey at the Kunsthalle Basel; and at the Vitra Design Museum, ‘The Essence of Things - Design and the Art of Reduction.’ Additionally Vitra will launch their exceptional Herzog and De Meuron showroom during Art Basel. (For a complete list of museum exhibitions, go to

Design Miami/Basel

Design Miami/Basel, the global forum for collecting, exhibiting, discussing, and creating design, runs June 15 – 19 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and is again this year located in Hall 5 of the Basel exhibition grounds. For more details, please visit

Art Basel Miami Beach

Art Basel Miami Beach, Art Basel’s sister event in the USA, takes place December
2 – 5, 2010, in Miami Beach, Florida.

Important Dates for Media

Press Conference: June 15, 2010, 10 a.m., Hall 1
Show Preview: June 15, 2010, noon to 8 p.m.
Show Dates: June 16 – 20, 2010
Information on Art Basel is available from:
Maike Cruse, Communications Manager, Art Basel & Art Basel Miami Beach
Tel. +41 58 206 27 06, Fax +41 58 206 31 30,,, Art Basel, P O Box, CH-4005 Basel
US Office Art Basel:
FITZ & CO, Sara Fitzmaurice / Dan Tanzilli
Tel. +1 212 627 14 55 ext. 226, Fax +1 212 627 06 54,
535 West 23 Street #S10H, New York, NY 10011, USA
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