Header Image: Art Basel 2019. Image Courtesy of Art Basel.
After the success of Art Basel Hong Kong, Art Basel continues with its hybrid fair format for its return to Basel. With 273 participating galleries from 33 countries, Art Basel will feature both physical, in-person viewings as well as online viewing rooms, which will open from September 24 to 26, 2021 with three VIP preview days from September 21 to 23. This is the first in-person Art Basel since December 2019.
Like the earlier Hong Kong edition, Art Basel will feature physical booths from galleries from the area. Its main venue, with most of its presentation, will be held at Messe Basel. For galleries that cannot send any personnel over, a satellite booth is available for them to utilize. With these booths, galleries can curate a small exhibition that will be staffed by a local representative appointed by Art Basel.
In addition to the physical fair, Art Basel returns with Art Basel Live, a series of Online Viewing Rooms, virtual exhibitions, and social media presence, which serves to amplify its presence globally.
Of the 273 participating galleries, 24 of them will be presenting at Art Basel for the first time. These galleries include Edouard Malingue Gallery from Hong Kong, Lars Friedrich from Berlin, Queer Thoughts from New York, and waldengallery from Buenos Aires. Some of the returning galleries include Gagosian, Hauser & Wirth, Pace, and David Zwirner. For a full list of galleries participating in Art Basel, please visit the Art Basel website.
For artists and collectors alike, the absence of a physical fair has been difficult. “While the pandemic has been a time of resilience and innovation, it has not always been one of discovery – patrons have often not been able to discover the work of new artists; likewise, galleries have not had ample opportunities to meet new collectors who can start to engage with and then later sustain their programs. That's why it’s so important to be able to stage our show again in person, while at the same time building upon the digital innovations of the past year to continue engaging the broadest possible audiences worldwide,” said Marc Spiegler, Global Director of Art Basel.