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KUNST, Arts: Most prestigious ART fair, ART Basel, concludes highly successful return of its June edition, 70.000 visitors, 289 leading galleries from 40 countries and private collectors, curator from over 300 global institutions and museums

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Art Basel concludes highly successful return of its June edition
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'We were once again delighted to welcome the international art world to Basel in June, ' says Marc Spiegler, Global Director, Art Basel.
'This year we witnessed strong collector and curator attendance not only from across Europe, but also the Americas and Asia. Pent-up demand and the excellent quality on offer led to vigorous sales across all levels of the market and throughout the duration of the fair. This show truly demonstrates the importance of in-person events as a platform for vibrant encounters between cultural players.'


Art Basel's 2022 edition closed on Sunday, June 19, following a week of reports of buoyant sales across all sectors of the market.

The fair attracted an overall attendance of 70,000 throughout its VIP and public days
In support of Ukraine, Art Basel collaborated with the City of Basel, leading cultural institutions in the city, Liste Art Fair Basel, and the PinchukArtCentre on a public art project featuring Ukrainian artist Boris Mikhailov’s latest photographic series, 'Temptation of Death’; Art Basel also supported the performance of Russian punk collective Pussy Riot and gave a donation of CHF 110,000 split evenly across three humanitarian aid organizations.

On Thursday, June 16, Art Basel hosted its first Unlimited Night, with a program of special performances by Ari Benjamin Meyers and Nora Turato and an event with Grammy-Award-winning artist Chance the Rapper.

The show, took place at Messe Basel from June 16 to 19, 2022
The 2022 edition of Art Basel – which returned to its June schedule for the first time since the pandemic started in early 2020 – featured 289 leading international galleries from 40 countries and territories.
Among them were 19 first-time participants, including: Jahmek Contemporary Art from Luanda; OH Gallery from Dakar; Athr Gallery with exhibition spaces in Diriyah, Al-'Ula, and Jeddah; Proyectos Ultravioleta from Guatemala City; Edouard Montassut from Paris; Veda from Florence; Ceysson & Bénétière with spaces in Paris, Lyon, Saint-Etienne, Koerich, and New York; Mariane Ibrahim with spaces in Chicago and Paris; Galerie Maria Bernheim with spaces in Zurich and London; and Ivan Gallery from Bucharest.

In addition to showcasing exceptional art within its Galleries, Feature, Statements, and Edition sectors, the fair presented 70 large-scale artworks in Unlimited; 21 site-specific projects in Parcours; a large-scale floor installation on the Messeplatz titled 'Out of Sight' by Lawrence Weiner, the American conceptual artist, who died last year; a dynamic Film program; as well as Conversations, the fair's renowned talks series.

Leading private collectors from across Europe, the Americas, the Middle East, and Africa attended this year, as well as curators and representatives from over 300 museums and institutions, including:
The Bass, Miami Beach; Castello di Rivoli Museo d'Arte Contemporanea; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Dallas Museum of Art; ICA Miami; La Kunsthalle Mulhouse; Kunsthal Rotterdam; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; National Gallery Singapore; National Museum, Oslo; Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Serpentine Galleries, London; The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Städel Museum, Frankfurt; Swiss Institute, New York; Tate, London; Tate Americas Foundation, New York; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and Zachęta - National Gallery of Art, Warsaw.


Galleries exhibiting across all sectors of Art Basel commented:
‘We were thrilled to be back in Basel, seeing colleagues and friends and meeting new people. The fair went beyond expectations this year!’
Lisa Spellman, Founder and Owner, 303 Gallery (New York)

‘It has been a whirlwind spring with the European art scene roaring back to life. We were thrilled to be back in Basel, where we made our debut with the Milton Avery Estate and united with international collectors and colleagues—many familiar and many new to us.’
Xavier Hufkens, Owner and Founder, Xavier Hufkens (Brussels)

‘This week’s fair was buzzing with enthusiastic collectors from every corner of the globe. We felt that there was a particularly dynamic balance of demand for primary market and secondary market works this year, which enabled us to present 20th-century masters alongside emerging artists with very successful results.'
Marc Glimcher, CEO, Pace Gallery (New York, East Hampton, Palm Beach, Palo Alto, London, Geneva, Hong Kong, Seoul)

‘This year’s Art Basel was particularly special in many ways. We reconnected with international collectors and curators we hadn’t seen in a long time. The atmosphere was thrilling, and we had the feeling everyone – including us – valued these in-person meetings so much more. We sold out most of our booth, to top-class collections and museums all over the world.’
Monika Sprüth and Philomene Magers, Co-owners, Sprüth Magers (Berlin, London, Los Angeles, Hong Kong)

‘Participating in Art Basel was an absolute dream! It is the most prestigious art fair in the world, and it will be an important milestone in our journey as a gallery, and especially for Helena Uambembe, who won the Baloise Art Prize. Overall, the fair was a major victory for all artists and galleries from the continent.’
Mehak Vieira, Founder, Jahmek Contemporary Art (Luanda)

‘This was our very first time in the Galleries sector of Art Basel, and we were a little nervous sitting next to such great colleagues and amazing presentations. Our biggest achievement was the Parcours project with Puppies Puppies (Jade Guarano Kuriki-Olivo) – a huge step in the representation of the trans body in art history. And yes, Art Basel is really the best fair.’
Daniel Balice, Co-Founder, Balice Hertling (Paris)


‘We noticed a sea change in the audiences present, which felt like a different generation of people than we have seen at the Art Basel preview before, including a greater variety of collectors at earlier stages of their journey.’
Andrew Fabricant, Chief Operating Officer, Gagosian (New York, Beverly Hills, Paris, Athens, Rome, Basel, Geneva, Hong Kong)


‘Art Basel demonstrates the depth and layers that bring the art community to Basel and the re-emergence of the importance of in-person engagement in front of artworks at the fair. Conversation is the real driver of acquisitions and exchange, where with relief and anticipation gallerists, collectors, museums, and artists can see each other and reconnect after years of pandemic realities.’
Lisa Panting, Co-Founder, Hollybush Gardens (London)

‘It felt great to be back at Art Basel, a fair where we always strive to show the best of our artists. The atmosphere of the fair was great – everyone seemed to be excited to be there. This year's program felt refreshing and relevant in regard to the current contemporary art scene.’
Thiago Gomide, Senior Partner, Gomide&Co (São Paulo)


‘Great to see Art Basel in high gear again. Sales were strong, and the atmosphere in the opening hours was just like the good old pre-pandemic days. Decisions came quickly, with the competition for the best works brisk, which is exactly what makes the Basel brand so strong.’
David Zwirner, Owner, David Zwirner (New York, London, Paris, Hong Kong)


‘The audience we saw at Art Basel this year was a great mix of collectors with dynamic, forward-thinking collections, prestigious institutions, and curious onlookers, and we were moved by their response to our presentation of Mire Lee’s work in the Statements section.’
Tina Kim, Founder, Tina Kim Gallery (New York)

‘It was such a pleasure to experience Basel during its usual season in three years. The recent boom of the Korean art market, attributed to the rise of younger generations of collectors, has led to an unprecedented level of interest in art from both clients and the general public. We hope that in coming years, Korean collectors continue to develop their presence in the global art market, for which Art Basel this year is a great start.’
Bo Young Song, Vice President, Kukje Gallery (Seoul, Busan)


‘This is our first participation in Art Basel. As a young gallery based in Dakar, it is a great achievement. This experience encourages us to come back and motivates us to persist in the discovery of young emerging artists from other horizons.’
Océane Harati, Founder and Director, OH Gallery (Dakar)


‘We were highly honored to be part of Art Basel for the first time. We experienced great attention from collectors and institutions with the project we showed. Above all, the fair's organization was excellent; it brought together a great audience and galleries from all over the world. We were thrilled to be there.’
Ricardo Gonzalez Ramos, Founder, Galería RGR (Mexico City)


'We had a very successful week and are thrilled with the positive responses to our Unlimited presentation with Diedrick Brackens. What’s gratifying, too, is that every work in our booth – from our gallery artists and estates – was met with enthusiasm from institutional and private collectors. Art Basel continues to deliver the chance to have in-depth conversations about our artists and strong sales across the board.’
Jack Shainman, Founder, Jack Shainman Gallery (New York)

‘Following the strong sales we had at Art Basel Hong Kong last month, our gallery has had another successful showing at Basel. We sold many works by our artists in the first few hours of the preview day. Collectors are coming not just from Europe but also from different parts of Asia this year. I am thrilled to be reconnected with old friends and make new acquaintances.’
Atsuko Ninawaga, Owner and Director, Take Ninagawa (Tokyo)


Galleries
The show's main sector featured 234 of the world’s leading galleries. Mariane Ibrahim, with spaces in Chicago and Paris, joined the fair for the first time this year, while eight galleries previously exhibiting in Feature or Statements graduated into the main sector, showcasing the full range of their program: Balice Hertling from Paris; The Breeder from Athens; Ben Brown Fine Arts with spaces in Hong Kong, London, and Palm Beach; Jenkins Johnson Gallery with spaces in New York and San Francisco; JTT from New York; Galerie Max Meyer from Düsseldorf; Labor from Mexico City; and Vedovi Gallery from Brussels. For the full list of exhibitors in Galleries, please visit artbasel.com/basel/galleries.


Feature
The sector presented ambitious, curated solo and duo presentations by 26 galleries, including eight first-time exhibitors. Two joint booths featured in the sector: Altman Siegel and Bridget Donahue with a presentation of works by Lynn Hershman Leeson, and Daniel Marzona and Gallery Sofie Van de Velde with works by Guy Mees. Further highlights from the sector included: abstract artist Nancy Graves’s compelling and formally rigorous paintings at Ceysson & Bénétière; Texas-born artist Hugh Hayden’s installation of sculptures, which address ideas of America’s creation, the colonization of Africa, and the formation of personal identity at Clearing; Galerie Knoell's retrospective of Meret Oppenheim, which coincided with the major survey of her work in Bern, Houston, and New York; a curated solo show at Galleria d'Arte Maggiore G.A.M. exploring the theme of landscape in Giorgio Morandi's work; Garth Greenan Gallery’s presentation of paintings by Native American artist Jaune Quick-to-See Smith that reflect the artist’s poetic, curious, and profound interpretations of America’s particular forms of bigotry toward Native peoples; a curated selection of paintings by artist, writer, gallerist, and collector William N. Copley, which focuses on his formative period in France, presented by Kasmin; Mignoni’s solo booth presentation of Sol LeWitt; Polish sculptor and performer Jerzy Bereś’s large-scale wooden sculptures at Galeria Dawid Radziszewski; and Galería RGR’s booth dedicated to Oswaldo Vigas, a central figure of Latin American modernism, focusing on his abstract work from the 1950s. For the full list of exhibitors in Feature, please visit artbasel.com/basel/feature.


Statements
Dedicated to emerging artists across the globe, Statements featured 18 solo presentations and welcomed 10 new entries. Highlights from the sector included: ‘ESF,’ a new immersive, multi-channel video work by Sara Sadik presented by Galerie Crèvecoeur; a new site-specific installation by Zimbabwean artist Kresiah Mukwazhi presented by Jan Kaps; ‘The Brother, the Sister and the Pied Pipe,’ a 45-minute puppet show by Peruvian artist Daniela Ortiz, presented by Laveronica arte contemporanea; Chapter NY’s solo presentation of artist Tourmaline, which featured the debut of her new film ‘Pollinator’; South African artist Helena Uambembe’s site-specific installation at Jahmek Contemporary Art; Château Shatto’s solo presentation of New York-based artist, writer, and curator Aria Dean; and artist Aliou Diack’s evocative installation at OH Gallery, which conjured up the landscape and atmosphere of the Senegalese bush. For the full list of exhibitors in Statements, please visit artbasel.com/basel/statements.

The 23rd Annual Baloise Art Prize, comprising a cash prize of CHF 30,000 per winner, was awarded to two artists exhibiting in the sector: Helena Uambembe, presented by Jahmek Contemporary Art and Tourmaline, presented by Chapter NY. In addition, the Baloise Group acquired works by the selected artists for donation to two leading European museums, which will hold solo exhibitions of the artists’ works.

Edition
Spread across both floors of Hall 2, the sector featured 11 leading galleries in the field of prints and editioned works: Niels Borch Jensen Gallery and Editions, Cristea Roberts Gallery, mfc-michèle didier, Gemini G.E.L., Galerie Sabine Knust, Carolina Nitsch, Paragon, René Schmitt, Susan Sheehan Gallery, STPI, and Two Palms. Two Palms showcased ‘Measurement: 24’ by Mel Bochner on the Spotlight wall facing the Rundhof. For the full list of exhibitors in Edition, please visit artbasel.com/basel/edition.


Unlimited
Curated by Giovanni Carmine, Director of the Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen, Unlimited featured 70 large-scale installations from monumental sculptures and vast wall paintings to extensive photographic series and video projections. Highlights included: a mural installation by Theaster Gates, 'Hardware Store Painting' (2020/2022), presented by Gray; t, and Galeria Luisa Strina; Thomas J Price's sculptural installation 'Moments Contained' (2022), presented by Hauser & Wirth; and Andrea Zittel's 'A-Z Personal Uniforms, 2nd Decade: Fall/Winter 2003–Spring/Summer 2013' (2003-2013), comprised of 76 ensembles designed and hand-crafted by the artist from 2003 to 2013, presented by Regen Projects. For the full list of artists and galleries featured in the sector, visit artbasel.com/basel/unlimited.

On Thursday, June 16, Art Basel hosted its first Unlimited Night, offering visitors the opportunity to explore the sector during extended opening hours, with a program of special performances by Ari Benjamin Meyers and Nora Turato. Art Basel also presented a special event with Grammy-Award-winning artist Chance the Rapper in relation to the release of ‘The Highs & The Lows,’ a new music video featuring the work of artist Yannis Davy Guibinga. The video premiere included two Q&A sessions with the hip-hop artist and Guibinga, moderated by artist Ayana V. Jackson, which was free and open to the public.


Parcours
Curated by Samuel Leuenberger, founder of the non-profit exhibition space SALTS in Birsfelden and Country SALTS in Bennwil, under the theme ‘How to Grow in Times of Change,’ Art Basel's public art program Parcours returned to Basel’s city center with 21 site-specific installations and performances. Highlights included: Anna Hulačová’s new sculptural installation ‘Edible, Beautiful, Untamed’ (2022), presented by hunt kastner; Alicja Kwade’s ‘SIÈGES DES MONDES’ (2022), comprising eight new bronze sculptures, presented by König Galerie; Matthew Lutz-Kinoy’s new paintings and site-specific installation, presented in the Lichthof at the Bau- und Verkehrsdepartement Basel-Stadt by Mendes Wood DM, kamel mennour, and Fitzpatrick Gallery; anda new sculptural installation and performance by Puppies Puppies (Jade Guarano Kuriki-Olivo), presented in Scala Basel in the city center by Balice Hertling, Galerie Francesca Pia, and Galerie Barbara Weiss.

On Saturday, June 18, Art Basel hosted Parcours Night, an evening of live performances throughout Basel’s city center, featuring Puppies Puppies, Oscar Murillo, Jan Vorisek, Antonio Jose Guzman and Iva Jankovic, Atelier GF Workstation, and Ellie Ga. Museums and venues presenting Parcours projects held extended opening hours to provide visitors a unique experience. Accessto all Parcours sites was free to the public. For the full list of artists and galleries featured and further information, visit artbasel.com/basel/parcours.

Messeplatz
Basel’s Messeplatz featured a floor installation titled 'Out of Sight' by Lawrence Weiner, in homage to the artist who passed away in December 2021. Modeled on a hopscotch grid, the work inspired and engaged visitors through visualization, physicalizing positive thinking through Weiner's signature typographic texts.

Film
Screened at Stadtkino Basel from Monday, June 13 to Saturday, June 18, the Film program was curated by Filipa Ramos, Founding Curator of the online video platform Vdrome, Lecturer at the Arts Institute of the FHNW in Basel, and Director of the Contemporary Art Department of the City of Porto.

The program showcased some of the most important artists worldwide working with moving images through dedicated surveys and short film evenings.
This year's highlights included surveys by Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Sky Hopinka,and Tala Madani.In addition, Film Curator Marian Masone selected an outstanding feature-length documentary film on African-American art history – 'Black Art: In the Absence of Light,' directed by Sam Pollard – which screened on Saturday, June 18. The screening marked the Swiss cinematic premiere of the HBO documentary. For further information, visit artbasel.com/basel/film.


Conversations
Art Basel’s renowned Conversations series offered a platform for the exchange of ideas on topics concerning the global contemporary art scene. This year’s program featured 46 speakers across 12 panels, bringing together leading artists, gallerists, collectors, curators, museum directors, and critics. Topics ranged from the changing roles and responsibilities of collectors in the NFT art market to museums’ challenges of addressing climate change, as well as decolonial and ecological life in collaboration with the 12th Berlin Biennale. The program was curated by Emily Butler, Conversations Curator of Art Basel and guest curator at Whitechapel Gallery. All events were free to the public and were streamed on Art Basel's Facebook channel.

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