One of the most important events in the art world is happening again. Art Basel, which has been referred to as the “Olympics of the art world” will once again provide new works by the world’s most important and talented artists.
From June 15-19, 2011, this international art show will continue to make art history by providing the best contemporary art in the world. Artists, curators, art collectors, art dealers, and anyone who loves and appreciates the craft will gather in Basel, Switzerland. The works of more than 2,500 artists will cover all types of art: paintings, prints, drawings, photographs, installation pieces, digital art, and video art. This year, there will be around 300 galleries from Europe, Asia, and Australia to showcase modern and contemporary works of 20th and 21st century works of art by both known and influential to emerging artists from all over the world . The works are valued at around 1 billion pounds, so this is definitely a big deal—one of the grandest, not to mention most expensive art events of the year.
The programs that will happen during the Art Basel will be composed of Art Basel Conversations, Art Salon, Art Film, and Art Basel Weekend. The featured films of artists such as Werner Herzog, Sam Samore, and Lawrence Weiner on June 14 to 19 will be curated by This Brunner and Marc Glode at Stadtkino Basel and Cinema Rex. They also have Art Parcours, which will feature artworks and performances in different locations in the city (St. Alban neighborhood) from the 15th-19th. There will also be drinks, food, and a performance by artist Christ Johanson and band Sun Foot on the 16th.
The Art Basel Weekend program is a place for artists, curators, historians, and collectors. There will be solo shows and exhibits by respected artists, book signings and performances. Art Basel Conversations will feature engaging conversations about issues in the art world—there will be speakers (individual or by group) to present their experiences and challenges with their craft. There will also be a time for the audience to ask questions and discuss with the speakers.
Art Basel will be celebrated in magnificent architecture of Halls 1 and 2 of the Messe Basel in Messeplatz. Schedule for invited guests starts on June 14, and it will be open to the general public on June 15. Guided tours are offered to visitors, and there will also be a playroom for children aged 6-13 years old.
Basel is also home to many one-of-a-kind attractions. Located at the Rhine River, it has landmarks such as the Munster Cathedral and the Basler Zoologischer Garten. In line with the art event, you can also visit the Karikatur and Cartoon Museum, the Naturhistorisches (Natural History museum), and the Historisches Museum Barfusserplatz (history museum).
An estimated 6,000 people are expected to attend Art Basel this year. Aside from Switzerland, the participating countries this year are: England, France, Germany, and the United States. New markets of Brazil, China, Hungary, Lebanon, India, Russia, and Thailand will also showcase world-class art.