Art Basel

Messe Basel

After a complete cancellation in 2020 and a postponed 2021 edition last September, this year’s edition of Art Basel promises to impress with its nearly 300 leading galleries from five continents presenting works by over 4,000 artists ranging from the great masters of modern art to the latest generation of emerging stars.

The fair is divided into the following sectors:
• In the Galleries sector, 289 galleries from across the globe present a wide range of modern and contemporary art works ranging from rare and historical masterpieces to new works by today’s emerging artistic voices.
• The Feature sector emphasizes precisely curated projects from established and historical artists that may include solo presentations as well as juxtapositions and thematic exhibits from artists representing a wide range of cultures, generations, and artistic approaches.
• The Statements sector presents exciting new solo projects by emerging artists who are eligible to receive the prestigious Baloise Art Prize.
• In the Editions sector, leading publishers of editioned works, prints, and multiples exhibit the results of their collaborations with renowned artists, including significant and rare publications.
• The Unlimited sector is the pioneering exhibition platform for projects that transcend traditional art-show stands, such as large-scale sculptures and paintings, large-scale installations; video projections; and live performances. This year's Unlimited presents 70 large-scale art works, offering the broadest-ever range of artists, many with perspectives that have long been marginalized in the artworld.
• The Parcours sector reaches out into the city itself, with 20 site-specific sculptures, interventions, and performances in and around Basel’s old town with the theme, “How to Grow in Times of Change.” This program is free and accessible on Monday 13, from 13:00-20:00; Tuesday, June 14, to Friday, June 17, from 10:00-20:00; Saturday, June 18, from 10:00-23:00; and Sunday, June 19, from 10:00-19:00.
• The Film sector presents Art Basel’s week-long program of films by and about artists; this year’s program will include diverse and challenging works that reflect on the complex role of media in today’s global world. Films will be screened at Stadtkino Basel from Monday, June 13 to Saturday, June 18.
• In the Magazines sector, art publications from around the world display their magazines in single-magazine stands or the collective booth.
• The Conversation program features dialogues between prominent members of the international artworld, including artists, gallerists, critics, curators, collectors, museum directors, art lawyers, architects, and other cultural players who discuss topics concerning the global contemporary art scene. This year’s program features 46 speakers across 12 panels. This program is free to the public.
• Basel’s Messeplatz will feature a participatory floor installation titled “Out of Sight” in homage to American conceptual artist Lawrence Weiner, creating a space for public gathering and reflection. Modeled on a hopscotch grid, the work aims to inspire and engage visitors through visualization, physicalizing positive thinking through the use of Weiner's signature typographic texts.

Practical Information
Time: Private days on June 14-15, as well as the vernissage on June 15, are by invitation only. The show is open to the public from Thursday, June 16, to Sunday, June 19, from 11:00-19:00 daily. There will also be two special night events: Unlimited Night on Thursday from 19:00-22:00 and Parcours Night on Saturday from 18:00-23:00.

Guided Tours: If you would like to gain a deeper understanding of the art on display, private and public guided tours in German, French, and English are available daily during show hours; other languages are available upon request. For information and bookings, contact Artstorming at or book directly online at Private tours are also available in various languages; contact Nicole Reber at

Childcare (Art Kids): Art Basel offers a free childcare service where kids from age 4 can enjoy art and recreational activities under the supervision of Familycare Basel professionals while their parents visit the show. The children can participate free of charge in the play and discovery area, where they can also enjoy free fruits, cookies, and beverages. There is also the option, at a small cost, to arrange a child-friendly sandwich and/or pasta meal for children during their visit. Babysitting services on-site are also available for children ages 3 months to 4 years with pre-registration. Please contact Familycare Basel directly for further information at or 061-261-4561. Childcare options are available in Halle 1.2 of the Messe Basel on Tuesday and Wednesday from 11:00-20:00 and from Thursday to Sunday from 11:00-19:00.

Tickets: Tickets for Art Basel are exclusively available for purchase in their online ticket shop and entitle the holder to reduced-price admission at Basel art museums during the show. Day tickets for adults are CHF 65 (CHF 35 after 17:00) and reduced-price tickets for students/seniors are CHF 52. Kids up to age 12 are free when accompanied by a parent. There are also permanent tickets for CHF 230, which are valid for all days, as well as combination tickets for Art Basel and Design Miami/Basel (CHF 95), or for Art Basel and the Unlimited Night (CHF 85). New this year is the Vernissage+ Card for CHF 150, which allows one person access on VIP day (Wednesday) to Unlimited from 11:00-20:00 and to the Vernissage in Hall 2 from 17:00-20:00.


Messe Basel
Messeplatz 10
4005 Basel

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