Art Basel is an art fair that has been held annually in Basel, Switzerland since 1970. Here more than three hundred of the most eminent galleries in the world exhibit. They are selected from over a thousand nominations by an international jury made up of renowned gallery owners.
It was conceived by the gallery owners and collectors Trudl Bruckner, Balz Hilt and the spouses Ernst and Hildy Beyeler. Art Basel of Basel, takes place in mid-June and has established itself over the years as an important international appointment not only for the art market, but also for eclectic artistic research.
More than 2,500 artists, ranging from the great masters of modern art to the latest generation of emerging stars, are represented in multiple sections of the fair. Art Basel, in its three geographical expressions, specializes in Modern and Contemporary Art and offers space for all types of artistic language: painting, drawing, installation, photography, performance and video art. This fair hosts the stands of almost three hundred international galleries from North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa, and also dedicates a space to Site-specific artistic projects ravishing in quality and expression.
Given its huge success since 2002, the Basel fair also realizes a winter edition that takes place every year in December in Miami Beach: “The Art Basel Miami Beach” which has perhaps surpassed its reputation, certainly as regards the glamour. The choice of Miami as second location, the third is Hong Kong, was favoured by the proximity of Miami to South America consisting of an extremely lively artistic market.
Last year's edition of the American city was visited by 75 thousand people including gallery owners, artists, collectors, journalists and art lovers. There were over 300 exhibitors and they came from all over the world. This latest edition was perhaps the event that most impressed us among all the exhibitions, salons, vernissages, that characterized the Miami Art Week.