Art Basel stages the world's premier Modern and contemporary art fairs, staged annually in Basel, Miami Beach, and Hong Kong. A driving force in supporting the role that galleries play in nurturing the careers of their artists, Art Basel frequently expands its platforms to include the newest developments in the visual arts.
In 1970, three Basel gallerists put their passion and determination behind an ambitious vision to form an art fair. Now, Art Basel stages the premier international art shows, providing platforms for galleries and artists from around the world. Photo: Kurt Wyss.
Connecting the international art community has been Art Basel's goal since its beginning. Its tradition of excellence across a wide range of genres offers visitors the most vital art that the world's best galleries can offer. In Hong Kong, Basel and Miami Beach, the week of the Art Basel show teems with parallel exhibitions and cultural events, creating an exciting environment that deepens and strengthens the relationship between gallerists, artists, curators and collectors.
With its worldwide reputation as the premier European art show, the Basel edition attracts nearly 90,000 art lovers from across the globe. We therefore recommend planning your visit early. Here you will find all the information you need, including the show's opening hours, as well as how to purchase tickets and book one of the many art tours guiding you through the exhibition halls.
Art Basel's reputation for showing work of the highest quality has attracted the leading international gallerists and collectors, offering visitors the annual opportunity to see exceptional artworks of every type. The show is organized around eight sectors, which together encompass a vast range of artistic mediums, including paintings, sculpture, installations, film and videos, multiples, prints, photography, and live performance.
Our 2016 show, one of the most successful in Art Basel’s history, brought the international artworld together, with more than 280 of the world's leading galleries showing the work of over 4,000 artists. A full program of artworld talks took place each day. Exhibitions and events were also offered by cultural institutions in Basel and the surrounding area, creating an exciting, region-wide art week.