DATE & TIME
Thursday 16th June 2016
Departure in the morning, returning late afternoon (timing to be confirmed shortly).
Departure and return Gatwick (Easyjet flight).
Messe Basel, Messeplatz 10, 4058 Basel, Switzerland.
Commented tour of the Basel Art Fair
Karen Levy, previously worked at Sotheby’s London Private Client Group where she was responsible for the European and Asian sectors. Prior to this, she worked at a number of other leading art institutions and auction houses and coordinated the successful “Art of the World” project at the Shanghai World Expo in 2010. She now runs Art of this Century, providing bespoke experiences and special encounters in the art world. From its beginning, Karen has also actively participated in the building of her family’s private collection, DSL, which is focused on contemporary Chinese Art. She is a portrait artist and painter. Her work currently hangs in private and corporate collections across the UK.
There’s one favourite destination for art lovers from around the world: Art Basel, the most prestigious international art fair. For the New York Times, it’s the « Olympics of art world », for the Parisian daily Le Monde it’s « The best in the world », for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung it’s « Art as its best form » and Vogue calls it « the most beautiful temporary museum in the world ».
Masterpieces and avant garde
Around 300 of the best carefully selected galleries from all over the world show high quality modern and contemporary art works. On show are paintings, sculptures, installations, photographs, prints, video and multimedia art as well as performances by over 4,000 interesting artists. All the famous names are represented from the modern and contemporary masters like Picasso, Miró, Klee, Warhol and Jeff Koons to the newest generation.
Old favourites and new discoveries
Art Basel’s unequalled reputation is down to its high standards, wide variety and international participation. Some 90,000 artists, gallery owners, museum directors, private collectors and other art lovers gather for what insiders call « the annual family meeting of the art world ». Their interface with art and artists brings many thrilling and inspiring moments.
City of culture – Mecca of art
Throughout Art Basel, the cultural city of Basel takes a unique ambiance, reinforced by special events all over the city. Art has in fact always been at the heart of this lovely medieval city on the river Rhine. It hosts art museums of international reputations, sculptures in public spaces, theatres, concert halls and notable buildings designed by leading contemporary architects. Located at the borders of Switzerland, France and Germany, Basel is a transport hub and very easy to get to.
Curated by New York-based curator Gianni Jetzer, Unlimited is Art Basel’s pioneering exhibition platform for projects that transcend the classical art-show stand, including massive sculptures and paintings, video projections, large-scale installations, and live performances.
Messe Basel, Messeplatz 10, 4058 Basel, Switzerland