Art Basel stages the world’s premier Modern and contemporary art shows, held annually in Basel, Miami Beach, and Hong Kong. Founded by gallerists in 1970, Art Basel has been a driving force in supporting the role that galleries play in the nurturing of artists, and the development and promotion of visual arts..
In addition to showing exciting works by world-renowned artists, Art Basel is always innovating, thus expanding its platform for new artists who represent the vanguard of the visual arts. Its worldwide reputation – earned over the last forty years – for showing work of the highest merit, and attracting the world’s leading gallerists and collectors, has made Art Basel the place where the artworld meets.
In 1970, a few Basel gallerists put their passion and determination behind an ambitious vision, and now, over forty years later, Art Basel is recognized as the premier international art show, providing a platform for artists and gallerists from around the world. Take a look at our timeline to see where we have been and how far we have come.
The dynamic relationships between art galleries, their artists, private collectors and public institutions play an essential role in today’s artworld, and connecting the international art community has been Art Basel’s goal since its beginning.
Three annual shows bring the artworld together in some of the world’s most exciting venues: Basel, in the heart of Europe; Miami Beach at the nexus of North and South America; and Hong Kong, the gateway to Asia.
Art Basel continuously develops new projects to strengthen its commitment to the artworld. Art Basel’s partnership with Kickstarter, the funding platform for creative projects, supports global non-profit visual arts organizations at a time when arts funding is difficult to secure. Next connects current and future collectors and introduces them directly to gallery owners and directors to help expand their collecting practice at different levels with a personal and targeted outreach. In 2015, in collaboration with HKU SPACE Centre for Degree Programmes (CDP) and Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design (CSM), Art Basel will be part of a first-of-its-kind executive program on collecting contemporary art. The program will culminate with a tailor-made module spent at the Art Basel show in Hong Kong.
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