June 4, 2015

Art Basel in Basel 2014 General Impression

The world's most prominent international Modern and contemporary art show, Art Basel is held each year in Hong Kong, Miami, and of course, Basel. The events last for about a week, and as a fan of culture, I try to attend for at least one day every year. The art show features works from almost 300 galleries from around the world, such as Asia and Africa, and this year is being held between 18th and 21st June.

Works from over 4,000 artists will grace the exhibition stands, with talent ranging from celebrities of contemporary art to up and coming aspirants. Art Basel is fantastic, as it brings all of this culture to the centre of Europe, and the event covers all artistic categories, from painting and sculpture to video and performance. So whatever your taste, you're bound to find something interesting.

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Basel town square

Introducing Basel

Basel is Switzerland's most popular city, and is one of the chief cultural hubs of Europe. It's an incredible collection of museums, theatres and monuments, and I have found that it's easy to spend an entire day exploring the city, visiting the many cultural gems.

Check out the Museum of Fine Art, and great buildings such as the town hall (Rathaus) and the famous red-bricked Basel Minster, which was originally a Catholic cathedral. Basel's location so close to France, Germany and Switzerland enforces its position as a multicultural hotpot, and I think that there is no better setting for such an important art show.

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Cristina Guerra Contemporary Art, Yonamine, Courtesy the artist and the gallery

Eight sectors

The show is split into eight main sectors, with the main one being the Galleries sector. This will showcase more than 200 of the world's most famous galleries, with most of them returning to the event having appeared before, and a select few being first-time participants.

The Feature sector will show 30 galleries from 13 countries, highlighting individual shows and artists, or artists who represent a combination of themes and cultures. This year, Feature works will include post-war Avant-Garde pieces, as well as Nouveau Réalisme and French Avant-Gardes from the 60s.

One of the sectors that I find most exciting is Statements. This chooses two winners of the Bâloise Prize, based on their exhibited works, and focuses on young and emerging contemporary artists. 16 galleries, eight of which are new, will be exhibiting solo artists' works this year, and I'm incredibly excited to see what's on offer.

Other sectors at Art Basel include Edition, Unlimited, Parcours, Film and Magazines. There will be prints from leading publishers, as well as large-scale paintings and unconventional sculptures to be found in the Unlimited sector. Art Basel is a fantastic time to push your boundaries of taste, and discover some art that you might not have looked at outside of the event.

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Fraenkel Gallery, Nicholas Nixon, The Brown Sisters, Courtesy the artist and the gallery

Talks

As well as displaying wonderful works of art from around the world, Art Basel plays host to a range of discussions and talks by professional art collectors, dealers, artists, historians and enthusiasts.

These are great if you're new to contemporary and Modern art, as you'll learn about the Art Basel collection and how it was put together, and will hopefully gain a more solid understanding of art from a wider perspective. Get signatures from your favourite artists from the show, and listen in on panel discussions and interviews with prominent figures from the global art world.

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Waddington Custot Galleries, Jean Dubuffet, Site aux itinéraires, 9 septembre 1975, Courtesy the artist and the gallery

Bags packed?

Folkestone to Calais is just 35 minutes with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle , and Basel is under seven hours in the car from Calais, so why not immerse yourself into the world of Art Basel this June.

Photo Credits:Art Base

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