Art Basel Announces Astounding Agenda

Art Basel has released details of its 45th edition of the fair in Basel, Switzerland, taking place June 19 to June 22, 2014.

Art collectors of ArtKabinett social media network are arranging their June itinerary.

This year, 285 leading international galleries will present works ranging from the Modern period of the early 20th century to the most contemporary artists of today.

This year’s edition will once again see a strong selection of exhibitors with spaces in the Americas and the Asia-Pacific region: Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, China, Mexico, Monaco, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom and United States.

A number of galleries will exhibit here for the first time: A Gentil Carioca (Rio de Janeiro), Galeria Pedro Cera (Lisbon), Herald St (London), Tanya Leighton (Berlin), Proyectos Monclova (Mexico City), Reena Spaulings Fine Art (New York) and GallerySKE (Bangalore).

Diverse Sectors

The 'Feature' sector presents galleries with precise curatorial projects, showing both historical and contemporary work. This year's edition will feature 24 galleries from 12 countries, out of which 15 galleries are completely new to the show.

Highlights of Feature include a presentation by KOW (Berlin) of Santiago Sierra’s early works from 1990-92, some of which have never been exhibited before, giving particular insight into Sierra’s appropriation of minimalism.

The 'Statements' sector offer visitors and collectors the opportunity to discover the work of emerging artists and young galleries.

Statements will include a presentation by Société (Berlin) of a multi-channel video installation by American artist Trisha Baga, made exclusively for the show.

American Contemporary (New York) will show David Brooks’ aquarium installation ‘Lonely Loricariidae’ (2011), an exploration into the collecting and exporting of endangered tropical fish and its impact on the Amazon.

Galería Isabel Aninat (Santiago) will be showing ‘Stratigraphy of Memory’ (2012-2013) by Paula de Solminihac, a multi-media installation evoking Chile’s seismic history and the effect on its population.

The 'Baloise Art Prize' will be awarded to two artists exhibiting in Statements, with recipients being announced during the show in June. The Baloise Group acquires works by the award-winning artists, which it donates to two European museums.

'Unlimited', Art Basel's unique sector for projects that transcend the limitations of a traditional art-fair stand, will be curated with more than 70 works ranging from large-scale sculptures and paintings to video projections, installations and live performances.

Florence Derieux, Director of FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, will host for a second time 'Parcours', a series of site-specific sculptures, interventions and performances by renowned international artists and emerging talents.

For the past ten years, the extensive 'Conversations and Salon' program of talks and panel discussions has been accompanying the gallery presentations in Basel. This year, the program will include a panel moderated by Hans Ulrich Obrist focused on the Artist as Choreographer.

'Art Basel Film' program will feature around 30 films by and about artists. Swiss cinema legend, This Bruner, will choose the program's feature film.

Design Miami/Basel

Design Miami/ Basel, the global forum for collectible design, runs June 17-18, 11am-8pm, and June 19-22, 11am-7pm, with a preview day on Monday, June 16 (by invitation).

The 9th edition presents more than 50 participating galleries exhibiting historic and contemporary design alongside a robust cultural program of commissions, talks and satellite shows. For more details, please visit

Museum Shows

During Art Basel, the city’s museums will once again offer Art Basel's visitors a series of significant exhibitions.

Foundation Beyeler will present a major overview of Gerhard Richter, the largest exhibition ever devoted to the artist in Switzerland.

The Schaulager will show selected works by American artist Paul Chan, while the Kunstmuseum Basel will exhibit works by legendary American artist Charles Ray, in cooperation with the Art Institute of Chicago.

Kunstmuseum Basel will show ‘Kazimir Malevich - The World as Objectlessness’. ‘Le Corbeau et le Renard: Revolt of language with Marcel Broodthaers’ will be on display at the Museum für Gegenwartskunst.

Museum Tinguely will present ‘I AM NOT YOU’ a show of new work by Czech artist Krištof Kintera while Vitra Design Museum will show ‘Konstantin Grcic – Panorama’.