Founded upon the belief that galleries are essential to the development of
contemporary visual arts, Art Basel in Basel has become a premier art show—and a foremost driver in the art market. Appropriately rooted in its Galleries sector, Art Basel in Basel 2019 also offers curated exhibitions and presentations in the Features sector; solo projects in Statements; and, in Unlimited, sculpture and paintings, video projections, large-scale installations, and live performances that move beyond the traditional art fair
Visitors to Messe Basel will encounter 290 significant international galleries that specialize in painting, sculpture, drawing, installation, photography, video, and editioned works. Dozens of galleries will highlight exceptional works from 1900 to 1970, covering a crucial period in the history of modern art. Additional stands include 303 Gallery (New York), Gavin Brown’s enterprise (New York, Rome), Mehdi Chouakri (Berlin), Galerie Eigen + Art (Berlin, Leipzig), Goodman Gallery (Johannesburg, Cape Town), kurimanzutto (Mexico City, New York), Fergus McCaffrey (Tokyo, New York), Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac (London, Paris, Salzburg), and many, many others. At this edition, Art Basel in Basel will welcome main sector first-timers such as Galerie Pietro Spartà from France; Peres Projects, Société, and Wentrup from Germany; Hollybush Gardens and Sprovieri from the United Kingdom; and P.P.O.W from the United States.
LISTE – Art Fair Basel leads with new discoveries. Committed to the promotion of young artists and galleries, LISTE presents the people, aesthetics, values, and media that are setting the stage. With reinvigorated interest around the new director Joanna Kamm, the fair has been designed to showcase innovative work to its utmost advantage. Of this year’s 77 presenting galleries, 21 are showing for the first time.
LISTE 2019 will also inaugurate a number of initiatives, such as the Joinery, a space for galleries to show large-scale works, videos, or performances in a communal setting. There will be solo presentations by artists such as Nick Bastis, Penny Goring, and Shana Moulton, and guest speakers Ed Fornieles and Omsk Social Club. Featured galleries will arrive from 33 countries and will include Aoyama Meguro (Tokyo), Ivan (Bucharest), Ermes – Ermes (Vienna), Deborah Schamoni (Munich), Jenny’s (Los Angeles), Veda (Florence), The Sunday Painter (London), Antoine Levi (Paris), and Proyectos Ultravioleta (Guatemala City).
Design Miami/ Basel
Now in its 14th edition, Design Miami/ Basel 2019 will comprise 42 galleries and 13 Curios, structured around collectible design and the theme “Elements: Earth.” The newly appointed curatorial director, Aric Chen, selected the concept, citing the urgency of our environmental impact as a source of inspiration: “Design and designers also help to articulate the future, and this year we want to highlight what designers are seeing as human activity continues to alter the very nature of Earth.”
As in other years, visitors can expect to encounter collectors, galleries, designers, and curators from around the world in a space designed for discussion, collaboration, and collecting. This year’s galleries will include Carpenters Workshop Gallery (Paris, New York, San Francisco, and London), Caterina Tognon (Venice), Erastudio Apartment-Gallery (Milan), Friedman Benda (New York), Functional Art Gallery (Berlin), Galerie Maria Wettergren (Paris), Galerie VIVID (Rotterdam), and Mercado Moderno (Rio de Janeiro), to name a few. The fair will also present the fifth annual Swarovski Designers of the Future Award, which will honor young designers working with crystal innovation in lighting, architecture, and decor.
“It feels slightly surreal, and yet undeniably exciting, to light a candle on
our 15th year in Basel,” shared Amanda Coulson, VOLTA’s artistic director, in reference to the upcoming edition. Since its founding in 2005, VOLTA Basel has committed to supporting ambitious galleries. A decade and a half later, that motivation still stands, providing a “space for discovery,” according to MANY. Filling a gap between LISTE and Art Basel, VOLTA places the gallerists at the core and focuses on powerful, innovative solo shows.
Located at the former COOP distribution center, VOLTA welcomes a new era of cultural hub. Among the 79 gallerists from 25 nations will be The Chemistry Gallery (Prague), Charlotte Fogh Gallery (Aarhus), Galerie La Forest Divonne (Paris, Brussels), Galleria Doris Ghetta (Ortisei), Gallery Shukado (Tokyo), Artual Gallery (Beirut), Le
Salon Vert (Carouge), Patrick Heide Contemporary Art (London), Pablo’s Birthday (New York), and Vin Gallery (Ho Chi Minh City).
Set to return to the Volkshaus Basel for its fifth iteration, photo basel is Switzerland’s sole art fair focused on the promotion of the photographic arts. Curated by photography expert Daniel Blochwitz, photo basel will embrace two floors of the space as it brings together 41 exhibitors from 15 countries. In addition to the exciting opportunities granted by the new
expansion, photo basel will host the ALPA Award in collaboration with Swiss camera manufacturer ALPA® and a Zürich-based private collector, as well as the “Master Cabinet,” which exhibits specialist vintage prints.
As its central aim, photo basel offers a platform for new and emerging photographers to display their work and connect around a shared passion. This year’s roster of participating galleries features &co119 (Paris), Aperture (New York), Atlas (London), Baudoin Lebon (Paris), Benrido (Kyoto), Carlos Carvalho (Lisbon), Caroline O’Breen (Amsterdam), Dorothée Nilsson (Berlin), Galerie 94 (Baden), Galerija Fotografija (Ljubljana), Galerie Clairefontaine (Luxembourg City) Galerie l’antichambre (Chambéry), Photon (Vienna, Ljubljana), Raw (Rotterdam, Tel Aviv), and Susanne Albrecht (Berlin).