From 16 to 19 June, the Art Basel fair, arguably the world's leading international art market, will open its doors to showcase the best art proposals of the 20th and 21st centuries. More than 250 exhibitors selected by the most important galleries in the world will make this fair the most important temporary museum of the moment.
The fair returns to its usual participation with 289 exhibitors, a figure similar to its participation in 2019. In addition to an extraordinary selection of entries in the Galleries, Feature, Statements, and Edition sections, the fair will present 70 works of art. 'large-scale art in Unlimited, curated by Giovanni Carmine; 20 site-specific projects in Parcours, curated by Samuel Leuenberger; a large-scale ground installation entitled Out of Sight in homage to American conceptual artist Lawrence Weiner; an ambitious film program curated by Filipa Ramos; as well as Conversations, the renowned series of talks at the fair by Emily Butler.
"This year, the Basel fair returns to its traditional June dates with a large-scale program throughout the city, from Lawrence Weiner's participatory installation on Messeplatz, to specific interventions and performances at Parcours and the our dedicated film show featuring artists working with moving images at the Stadtkino Basel, ”says Marc Spiegler, Art Basel Director.
"One of the few positive things that came out of the pandemic was that people in power carefully looked at issues such as structural racism. The fair has also looked closely at these issues," Marc Spiegler said. , "the galleries of more peripheral places in the art market considered that there was less financial risk in doing a fair like Art Basel and less risk of showing, for example, artists of color as the market was more oriented towards where it should be ".
There is an extensive list of first-time galleries such as Jahmek Contemporary Art in Luanda, Angola and OH Gallery in Dakar, Senegal; Athr Gallery, in Saudi Arabia, Al-Ula and Jeddah; Mariane Ibrahim, with spaces in Paris and Chicago; and Proyectos Ultravioleta from Guatemala City, which has a project by the artist Edgar Calel.