'We were once again delighted to welcome the international art world to Basel in June, ' says Marc Spiegler, Global Director, Art Basel.
'This year we witnessed strong collector and curator attendance not only from across Europe, but also the Americas and Asia. Pent-
Art Basel's 2022 edition closed on Sunday, June 19, following a week of reports of buoyant sales across all sectors of the market.
The fair attracted an overall attendance of 70,000 throughout its VIP and public days
In support of Ukraine, Art Basel collaborated with the City of Basel, leading cultural institutions in the city, Liste Art Fair Basel, and the PinchukArtCentre on a public art project featuring Ukrainian artist Boris Mikhailov’s latest photographic series, 'Temptation of Death’; Art Basel also supported the performance of Russian punk collective Pussy Riot and gave a donation of CHF 110,000 split evenly across three humanitarian aid organizations.
On Thursday, June 16, Art Basel hosted its first Unlimited Night, with a program of special performances by Ari Benjamin Meyers and Nora Turato and an event with Grammy-
The show, took place at Messe Basel from June 16 to 19, 2022
The 2022 edition of Art Basel – which returned to its June schedule for the first time since the pandemic started in early 2020 – featured 289 leading international galleries from 40 countries and territories.
Among them were 19 first-
In addition to showcasing exceptional art within its Galleries, Feature, Statements, and Edition sectors, the fair presented 70 large-
Leading private collectors from across Europe, the Americas, the Middle East, and Africa attended this year, as well as curators and representatives from over 300 museums and institutions, including:
The Bass, Miami Beach; Castello di Rivoli Museo d'Arte Contemporanea; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Dallas Museum of Art; ICA Miami; La Kunsthalle Mulhouse; Kunsthal Rotterdam; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; National Gallery Singapore; National Museum, Oslo; Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Serpentine Galleries, London; The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Städel Museum, Frankfurt; Swiss Institute, New York; Tate, London; Tate Americas Foundation, New York; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and Zachęta -
Galleries exhibiting across all sectors of Art Basel commented:
‘We were thrilled to be back in Basel, seeing colleagues and friends and meeting new people. The fair went beyond expectations this year!’
Lisa Spellman, Founder and Owner, 303 Gallery (New York)
‘It has been a whirlwind spring with the European art scene roaring back to life. We were thrilled to be back in Basel, where we made our debut with the Milton Avery Estate and united with international collectors and colleagues—many familiar and many new to us.’
Xavier Hufkens, Owner and Founder, Xavier Hufkens (Brussels)
‘This week’s fair was buzzing with enthusiastic collectors from every corner of the globe. We felt that there was a particularly dynamic balance of demand for primary market and secondary market works this year, which enabled us to present 20th-
Marc Glimcher, CEO, Pace Gallery (New York, East Hampton, Palm Beach, Palo Alto, London, Geneva, Hong Kong, Seoul)
‘This year’s Art Basel was particularly special in many ways. We reconnected with international collectors and curators we hadn’t seen in a long time. The atmosphere was thrilling, and we had the feeling everyone – including us – valued these in-
Monika Sprüth and Philomene Magers, Co-
‘Participating in Art Basel was an absolute dream! It is the most prestigious art fair in the world, and it will be an important milestone in our journey as a gallery, and especially for Helena Uambembe, who won the Baloise Art Prize. Overall, the fair was a major victory for all artists and galleries from the continent.’
Mehak Vieira, Founder, Jahmek Contemporary Art (Luanda)
‘This was our very first time in the Galleries sector of Art Basel, and we were a little nervous sitting next to such great colleagues and amazing presentations. Our biggest achievement was the Parcours project with Puppies Puppies (Jade Guarano Kuriki-
Daniel Balice, Co-
‘We noticed a sea change in the audiences present, which felt like a different generation of people than we have seen at the Art Basel preview before, including a greater variety of collectors at earlier stages of their journey.’
Andrew Fabricant, Chief Operating Officer, Gagosian (New York, Beverly Hills, Paris, Athens, Rome, Basel, Geneva, Hong Kong)
‘Art Basel demonstrates the depth and layers that bring the art community to Basel and the re-
Lisa Panting, Co-
‘It felt great to be back at Art Basel, a fair where we always strive to show the best of our artists. The atmosphere of the fair was great – everyone seemed to be excited to be there. This year's program felt refreshing and relevant in regard to the current contemporary art scene.’
Thiago Gomide, Senior Partner, Gomide&Co (São Paulo)
‘Great to see Art Basel in high gear again. Sales were strong, and the atmosphere in the opening hours was just like the good old pre-
David Zwirner, Owner, David Zwirner (New York, London, Paris, Hong Kong)
‘The audience we saw at Art Basel this year was a great mix of collectors with dynamic, forward-
Tina Kim, Founder, Tina Kim Gallery (New York)
‘It was such a pleasure to experience Basel during its usual season in three years. The recent boom of the Korean art market, attributed to the rise of younger generations of collectors, has led to an unprecedented level of interest in art from both clients and the general public. We hope that in coming years, Korean collectors continue to develop their presence in the global art market, for which Art Basel this year is a great start.’
Bo Young Song, Vice President, Kukje Gallery (Seoul, Busan)
‘This is our first participation in Art Basel. As a young gallery based in Dakar, it is a great achievement. This experience encourages us to come back and motivates us to persist in the discovery of young emerging artists from other horizons.’
Océane Harati, Founder and Director, OH Gallery (Dakar)
‘We were highly honored to be part of Art Basel for the first time. We experienced great attention from collectors and institutions with the project we showed. Above all, the fair's organization was excellent; it brought together a great audience and galleries from all over the world. We were thrilled to be there.’
Ricardo Gonzalez Ramos, Founder, Galería RGR (Mexico City)
'We had a very successful week and are thrilled with the positive responses to our Unlimited presentation with Diedrick Brackens. What’s gratifying, too, is that every work in our booth – from our gallery artists and estates – was met with enthusiasm from institutional and private collectors. Art Basel continues to deliver the chance to have in-
Jack Shainman, Founder, Jack Shainman Gallery (New York)
‘Following the strong sales we had at Art Basel Hong Kong last month, our gallery has had another successful showing at Basel. We sold many works by our artists in the first few hours of the preview day. Collectors are coming not just from Europe but also from different parts of Asia this year. I am thrilled to be reconnected with old friends and make new acquaintances.’
Atsuko Ninawaga, Owner and Director, Take Ninagawa (Tokyo)
The show's main sector featured 234 of the world’s leading galleries. Mariane Ibrahim, with spaces in Chicago and Paris, joined the fair for the first time this year, while eight galleries previously exhibiting in Feature or Statements graduated into the main sector, showcasing the full range of their program: Balice Hertling from Paris; The Breeder from Athens; Ben Brown Fine Arts with spaces in Hong Kong, London, and Palm Beach; Jenkins Johnson Gallery with spaces in New York and San Francisco; JTT from New York; Galerie Max Meyer from Düsseldorf; Labor from Mexico City; and Vedovi Gallery from Brussels. For the full list of exhibitors in Galleries, please visit artbasel.com/basel/galleries.
The sector presented ambitious, curated solo and duo presentations by 26 galleries, including eight first-
Dedicated to emerging artists across the globe, Statements featured 18 solo presentations and welcomed 10 new entries. Highlights from the sector included: ‘ESF,’ a new immersive, multi-
The 23rd Annual Baloise Art Prize, comprising a cash prize of CHF 30,000 per winner, was awarded to two artists exhibiting in the sector: Helena Uambembe, presented by Jahmek Contemporary Art and Tourmaline, presented by Chapter NY. In addition, the Baloise Group acquired works by the selected artists for donation to two leading European museums, which will hold solo exhibitions of the artists’ works.
Spread across both floors of Hall 2, the sector featured 11 leading galleries in the field of prints and editioned works: Niels Borch Jensen Gallery and Editions, Cristea Roberts Gallery, mfc-
Curated by Giovanni Carmine, Director of the Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen, Unlimited featured 70 large-
On Thursday, June 16, Art Basel hosted its first Unlimited Night, offering visitors the opportunity to explore the sector during extended opening hours, with a program of special performances by Ari Benjamin Meyers and Nora Turato. Art Basel also presented a special event with Grammy-
Curated by Samuel Leuenberger, founder of the non-
On Saturday, June 18, Art Basel hosted Parcours Night, an evening of live performances throughout Basel’s city center, featuring Puppies Puppies, Oscar Murillo, Jan Vorisek, Antonio Jose Guzman and Iva Jankovic, Atelier GF Workstation, and Ellie Ga. Museums and venues presenting Parcours projects held extended opening hours to provide visitors a unique experience. Accessto all Parcours sites was free to the public. For the full list of artists and galleries featured and further information, visit artbasel.com/basel/parcours.
Basel’s Messeplatz featured a floor installation titled 'Out of Sight' by Lawrence Weiner, in homage to the artist who passed away in December 2021. Modeled on a hopscotch grid, the work inspired and engaged visitors through visualization, physicalizing positive thinking through Weiner's signature typographic texts.
Screened at Stadtkino Basel from Monday, June 13 to Saturday, June 18, the Film program was curated by Filipa Ramos, Founding Curator of the online video platform Vdrome, Lecturer at the Arts Institute of the FHNW in Basel, and Director of the Contemporary Art Department of the City of Porto.
The program showcased some of the most important artists worldwide working with moving images through dedicated surveys and short film evenings.
This year's highlights included surveys by Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Sky Hopinka,and Tala Madani.In addition, Film Curator Marian Masone selected an outstanding feature-
Art Basel’s renowned Conversations series offered a platform for the exchange of ideas on topics concerning the global contemporary art scene. This year’s program featured 46 speakers across 12 panels, bringing together leading artists, gallerists, collectors, curators, museum directors, and critics. Topics ranged from the changing roles and responsibilities of collectors in the NFT art market to museums’ challenges of addressing climate change, as well as decolonial and ecological life in collaboration with the 12th Berlin Biennale. The program was curated by Emily Butler, Conversations Curator of Art Basel and guest curator at Whitechapel Gallery. All events were free to the public and were streamed on Art Basel's Facebook channel.
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