The world's premier international art show for Modern and contemporary works, 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.
61,000 people attended Art 40 Basel, the last edition of this favorite rendezvous for the global artworld, including art collectors, art dealers, artists, curators and other art enthusiasts. The Neue Zuercher Zeitung am Sonntag titled
“Die Königin strahlt in neuem Glanz - Von Krise keine Spur.” (The Queen gleams in new brilliance - no sign of crisis.), Le Figaro observed “La Foire de Bale confirme sa place de reine.” (Art Basel remains the Queen) and the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung says “Die Art Basel ist nicht zu schlagen. Seit vierzig Jahren unaufhaltsam an der Spitze: Diese Messe wankt nicht.” (Art Basel cannot be beaten. Since forty years irresistably on the top: this fair does not falter).
With its world-class museums, outdoor sculptures, theaters, concert halls, idyllic medieval old town and new buildings by leading architects, Basel ranks as a culture capital, and that cultural richness helps put the Art Basel week on the agenda for art lovers from all over the globe. During Art Basel, a fascinating atmosphere fills this traditional city, as the international art show is reinforced with exhibitions and events all over the region.
Located on the banks of the Rhine, at the border between Switzerland, France and Germany, Basel is easily navigated
by foot and trams. On this website you can find practical information about visiting Art Basel, photos of past shows, press releases, and information concerning participating galleries and artists. To stay current on developments for the 2009 show, join our mailing list and you will receive updates as information becomes available.
We look forward to welcoming you at Art 41 Basel.