Art Basel 2016

Art Basel returns for its 47th edition of the show from 16 June-19 June. This year, 286 leading international galleries will present works ranging from the early 20th century to recent projects by key contemporary artists. Partnered by UBS, the fair will present a diverse geographical selection of leading international galleries from 33 countries.

Participants in 2016 hail from a wide range of European and worldwide locations including Austria, Brazil, Canada, Cuba, France, Germany, Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK and the USA. Divided into specialist sectors, the fair is the ideal platform for collectors, curators, artists and attendees to interact and engage with art.

The main sector, Galleries, will feature 220 exhibitors presenting a range of painting, sculpture, drawing, installation, photography, video and editioned works. A strong list of returning participants is lengthened by six galleries: ApplicatPrazan (Paris), Borzo (Amsterdam), Karma International (Zurich, Beverly Hills), Jack Shainman Gallery (New York, Kinderhook), Stevenson (Cape Town, Johannesburg) and Barbara Wien (Berlin), as well as two new exhibitors: joségarcía, mx (Mexico DF) and Pace/MacGill Gallery (New York).

The Edition sector, dedicated to prints and limited-editioned works, will bring together 16 specialists in the field including Brooke Alexander, Inc. (New York), Niels Borch Jensen Gallery and Editions (Copenhagen, Berlin), Alan Cristea Gallery (London), Pace Prints (New York), and more. Meanwhile, the Feature sector hosts 32 galleries with precise curatorial projects, showing both historical and contemporary work.

Highlights include a restaging of Jannis Kounellis’ (b.1936) Da inventare sul posto (1972), a hybrid of painting and performance in which a violinist playing a section of ‘La Pulcinella’ is joined by an un-choreographed ballerina in front of an abstract painting, presented by Luxembourg & Dayan (New York, London). Bergamin & Gomide (São Paulo) will show a selection of works by Mira Schendel (b.1919) relating to the most important phases of the artist’s practice, and James Cohan Gallery (New York) will exhibit a selection of rare Pop works by Robert Smithson (b.1938).

Solo presentations in the Statements sector offer visitors the opportunity to discover the work of emerging artists and young galleries, while Unlimited provides a platform for projects that transcend the limitations of a traditional art-fair stand and Parcours displays a series of site-specific sculptures, interventions and performances by international artists and emerging talents such as Sam Durant (Blum & Poe, Paula Cooper Gallery, Sadie Coles HQ), Lawrence Weiner (Mai 36 Galerie), and Alfredo Jaar (Goodman Gallery, Galerie Lelon).

Additional programme highlights include Art Basel’s extensive Film programme, which features works by and about artists, curated by Cairo-based film curator and art lecturer Maxa Zoller, and Conversations and Salon, an extensive schedule of talks and panel discussions.

Art Basel 2016, 16 June-19 June, Messe Basel, Messeplatz 10, 4005 Basel.

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1. Sam Durant, Labyrinth, 2015, Blum & Poe, Paula Cooper Gallery, Sadie Coles HQ. Courtesy the artist and the gallery.