Art Basel Switzerland

Basel, Switzerland

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Art Basel is an international art fair held every year in the Swiss city of the same name that is located on the Rhine River where Switzerland, Germany, and France meet.

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About The Art Fair

Since the first Art Basel in 1970, the goal has been to connect the world’s major galleries with their patrons. Many artists and art dealers put more work into Art Basel than any other art fair because it draws the most serious – and monied – international clients and collectors.

It allows visitors to see and buy works from the galleries of many countries in one stop.

Art Basel has grown from 90 exhibiting galleries from 10 countries to 300 galleries from more than 20 countries. Attendance has grown from 16,000 to almost 100,000. But, those numbers just tell part of the story. The interest in getting a booth at an art fair is immense. It has been reported that galleries get 40 percent of their sales from art fairs. This year, 800 galleries competed for the 300 available Art Basel booths.

Art Basel Switzerland

An Art Exhibition at Art Basel. Picture Source

Swiss art dealer Dominique Levy, who has galleries in New York and London, told the New York Times that she has been going to Art Basel since she was a child. It was where, she said, she got her interest in becoming an art dealer.

She spends more than $300,000 getting her booth ready, bringing in a dozen staff members from New York and London for a week to help an architect, painter, and lighting designer get the booth ready.

But, it’s worth it, she said, for the competition to even get a booth at the fair is intense. This year, 800 galleries competed for 300 booths.

Galleries that apply to be included undergo rigorous vetting by a selection committee made up of international gallery owners.

The fair’s popularity spawned two other annual shows, Art Basel Miami in 2002 and Art Basel Hong Kong in 2013.

Each of them showcase contemporary and modern – 20th and 21st century – paintings, sculptures, photographs films and editioned works. In addition, local galleries hold programs associated with the show.

Art Basel also includes a week-long program of films by and about artists meant to promote dialogue about the film industry.

About The City Of Basel

There are 40 museums in the cultural city of Basel that 195,000 people call home. Located at the intersection of Switzerland, France and Germany, the city has suburbs in three countries.

An art lovers’ dream, Basel is located in a beautiful setting on the Rhine River and considered Switzerland’s only “seaport.” The deep river is able to be navigated by ships out to the North Sea in Holland.

Things To Do In Basel

  • Take a ferry: Ride across the Rhine or down it through the locks on the Rheinfahre, Basel’s ferry system.
  • See Old Town: Cobblestone streets, medieval architecture and dancing-water fountains are among the sites to see in the oldest part of the city. A highlight is a remnant of the old city wall adorned with grotesque gargoyles.
  • Visit the Munster: Climb the soaring gothic towers of this 13th century cathedral with fantastic views of the Rhine.
  • Check out the Paper Mill Museum: A favorite of visitors, this hands-on museum offers a glimpse into papermaking long ago and now. There is a novel exhibit on when and how toilet paper manufacturing got its start. Visitors can make their own paper and then write on it with a quill pen.