Art Basel, one of the most anticipated art events of the year, will be held in Basel, Switzerland from June 15 to June 18. As art enthusiasts from around the world gather in this picturesque city, they will be immersed in a celebration of creativity and artistic expression. With 284 leading galleries participating, including 21 first-time participants, Art Basel promises to showcase a wide range of high-quality artworks across various mediums. From paintings and sculptures to photography and digital creations, attendees will have the opportunity to explore and appreciate the diverse artistic landscape.
The prestigious Messe Basel exhibition center, designed by renowned Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron, will serve as the venue for this grand event. Its modern and spacious halls will provide the perfect setting for artists, collectors, curators, and art enthusiasts to come together and engage with exceptional works of art. Art Basel’s extensive program revolves around its main Galleries sector, where visitors can explore a plethora of contemporary art exhibitions. In addition to the main sector, the fair will feature captivating presentations in its special sectors: Unlimited, Parcours, Feature, and Kabinett. These curated sections offer unique perspectives, showcasing innovative installations, site-specific works, and thematic exhibitions.
Art Basel is not only about the artworks on display within the exhibition center; it extends its influence and impact beyond its walls. The city of Basel comes alive during the fair, with vibrant programming and events taking place throughout its leading cultural institutions and public spaces. Visitors can expect a rich and dynamic art scene, with exhibitions, performances, and discussions happening in various venues across the city.
For those attending the fair, we compiled a list of key presentations at the exhibition center hosted by galleries across the globe. Read more below.
Peres Projects, Booth L6
Peres Projects will showcase a diverse range of recent artworks by various artists at Art Basel 2023. The exhibition will feature pieces by Rebecca Ackroyd, Sholto Blissett, Dalton Gata, Harm Gerdes, Nicholas Grafia, Donna Huanca, Jeremy, Bayrol Jiménez, Melike Kara, Richard Kennedy, Dylan Solomon Kraus, Austin Lee, Beth Letain, Shuang Li, Mak2, Ad Minoliti, Tan Mu, Anton Munar, Marc Padeu, Cece Philips, Paolo Salvador, Yves Scherer, Rafa Silvares, Emily Ludwig Shaffer, Manuel Solano, Ziping Wang, and Kiyan Williams.
These artists draw inspiration from diverse backgrounds and influences, exploring emotional and aesthetic connections between histories, challenging dominant narratives. The selected artworks delve into the vast landscape of human consciousness and creativity, pushing boundaries in the realm of aesthetics.
P•P•O•W Gallery, Booth A5
P·P·O·W is excited to present a collection of new artworks by Elizabeth Glaessner, Hilary Harkness, Sanam Khatibi, Judith Linhares, Gerald Lovell, Erin M. Riley, and Robin F. Williams, alongside notable historical works by Jimmy DeSana, Carolee Schneemann, and Martin Wong.
Among the highlights is Carolee Schneemann’s ‘War Mop’ (1983), an impactful piece that reflects the artist’s multidisciplinary practice spanning six decades. Schneemann, originally an Abstract Expressionist painter, shifted towards performance-based work, exploring visual traditions, taboos, and the individual’s body in relation to societal structures. ‘War Mop’ specifically addresses the 1982 Israeli invasion of Lebanon and the attack on the Palestinian Liberation Organization, encapsulating Schneemann’s engagement with power dynamics.
Jack Shainman, Booth P15
Jack Shainman Gallery is proud to showcase a captivating presentation at Basel featuring an extraordinary lineup of artists including Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Carrie Mae Weems, Hank Willis Thomas, and many more. This carefully curated collection presents a diverse range of artistic voices and perspectives that explore themes of identity, social justice, and cultural narratives. Visitors will be immersed in the evocative works of these talented artists, from the masterful brushstrokes of Yiadom-Boakye’s figurative paintings to the powerful storytelling of Weems’ photography.
David Kordansky, Booth R2
David Kordansky Gallery presents a diverse exhibition featuring renowned artists such as David Altmejd, Mario Ayala, Markus Amm, Huma Bhabha, Rashid Johnson, and many more. The showcase encompasses a wide range of artistic styles and mediums, from intricate sculptures to bold paintings and thought-provoking installations. Visitors can explore the exhibition’s vibrant and expressive works, which delve into themes of identity, abstraction, and societal norms. Altogether, Kordansky’s presentation invites art enthusiasts to witness innovative perspectives of contemporary artists from various cultures and backgrounds.
Empty Gallery, Booth L1
Empty Gallery debuts at Art Basel’s Galleries sector with a dynamic exhibition featuring Yutaka Matsuzawa, Tishan Hsu, James T. Hong, Taro Masushio, Henry Shum, and Cici Wu. The curated showcase explores the intersection of art, technology, identity, and culture, inviting visitors to contemplate space, the human body, social narratives, nature, cultural identity, and societal norms. This debut highlights Empty Gallery’s commitment to pushing boundaries and fostering meaningful conversations in contemporary art.
Jeffrey Deitch, Booth L25
Jeffrey Deitch presents “The Abstract Figure” at Art Basel, featuring the works of 29 contemporary artists who explore cultural identities, values, and desires through the representation of the human figure. This thematic art fair installation showcases figuration that both subverts and builds on artistic traditions, blurring the line between realism and the fantastical. The paintings, sculptures, and drawings on display represent self-portraits, alter-egos, lovers, muses, and strangers. The unique booth includes renowned artists such as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Judy Chicago, Andy Warhol, Swoon, and many others, offering a diverse and captivating exploration of the human form and its cultural significance.
Antenna Space, Booth N9
Shanghai-based Antenna Space presents Stanislava Kovalcikova’s solo exhibition “Carnal Control: A Proposal for a Waiting Room” at Art Basel. The exhibition features a selection of 10 to 11 works, including oil paintings and paper works from 2023 and earlier years. Kovalcikova explores the concept of Carnal Control, prompting viewers to reflect on power dynamics and human agency. Experience this thought-provoking exhibition at Art Basel, where Antenna Space showcases groundbreaking contemporary art.