Art Basel

Messe Basel

For this edition of Art Basel, the show’s multiple sections will present works by artists ranging from the great masters of modern art to the latest generation of emerging stars. Twenty-two first-time galleries will join a robust line-up of European exhibitors and returning galleries from around the world. The exhibits include the highest-quality paintings, sculptures, drawings, installations, performances, multiples, prints, photographs, magazines, and videos.

The fair is divided into the following sectors:
• In the Galleries sector, visitors can discover a wide range of modern and contemporary art works ranging from drawings, paintings, photographs, prints, and sculptures to installations, videos, and digital art. The 2024 edition of Art Basel will feature over 240 leading galleries from across the globe presenting the highest quality of works across all media, from rare and historical masterpieces to new works by today’s emerging artistic voices.
• The Kabinett sector is for curated selections displayed by galleries in a separate section of their booths, including thematic group exhibitions, art-historical showcases, and solo presentations, allowing visitors to dive deeper into an artist's practice. This year’s edition will host 22 projects by 23 galleries.
• 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; and expansive video projections. Unlimited this year features 69 exceptional projects and an ever-broader range of artistic positions that challenge and expand traditional narratives. Art Basel’s Unlimited Night will return on Thursday, June 13 in Hall 1, providing visitors the chance to experience the sector alongside special performances during extended opening hours, from 19:00-22:00. For the first time, visitors of Unlimited will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite artwork for the whole duration of Art Basel; the "Unlimited People's Pick" will then be announced towards the end of the show.
• The Parcours sector reaches out into the city itself, with site-specific sculptures, interventions, and performances. This year’s Parcours, which is curated for the first time by Stefanie Hessler, Director of Swiss Institute (SI) in New York, will showcase more than 20 site-specific public art installations along Clarastrasse, which connects the Messe Basel to the Mittlere Brücke, where Art Basel will activate the Merian to provide audiences with a stimulating venue for around-the-clock artistic events and showcases. Hessler’s concept for Parcours is a curated exhibition that meanders through empty stores and operational shops, a hotel, a restaurant, a brewery, and other quotidian spaces along Clarastrasse. Through ambitious projects, many of them site-specific and newly produced, the sector explores transformation and circulation in areas such as trade, globalization, and ecology. This program is free and accessible on June 10 from 13:00-20:00; June 11-15 from 10:00-20:00, and June 16, from 10:00-19:00. On June 12, this will be expanded by Parcours Night from 20:00-23:00, offering a festive night filled with live performances and other acts along Clarastrasse and at the Merian. All Parcours locations will have extended opening hours to provide visitors a unique experience.
• The Film sector presents the most visionary and inspiring artists’ cinema of today and brings together artists, filmmakers, institutions, and global audiences. Screenings, survey programs, live acts, conversations, and other special events offer a unique occasion for the discovery of art and the participation in the fundamental dialogue between cinema, visual cultures, and contemporary art. Art Basel Film 2024 entangles ecology, intimacy, history, and politics with a series of short film programs, surveys, and feature films. The film program is free to the public and will be screened at Stadtkino Basel from June 12-15.
• 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, art lawyers, architects, and other cultural players who discuss topics concerning the global contemporary art scene. Bringing together more than 25 thought leaders, the 2024 edition features 11 focused panels, all relating to the pressing issue of how to build and shape contemporary culture’s future. Conversations is free and accessible to all; reserving a spot is recommended.
• Basel’s Messeplatz will host a major work by conceptual artist Agnes Denes, curated by Samuel Leuenberger. Denes’ artistic practice is distinctive in terms of its aesthetics and engagement with socio-political ideas. As a pioneer of environmental, ecological, and land art, she will present the piece “Honouring Wheatfield—A Confrontation” (2024), referring to her iconic land art work from the 1980s. The work will remain on the Messeplatz throughout the summer until its harvest.
• The Merian, situated on the Rhein right at the Mittlere Brücke on the Kleinbasel side, features a hotel bar, restaurant, and terrace that will host a continuous, around-the-clock program. The façade of the former Café Spitz will be taken over by “When The Sun Goes Away We Paint The Sky,” an artwork by Petrit Halilaj symbolizing guidance and commemorating the 30th anniversary of the partnership between UBS and Art Basel. Evenings will be curated and enlivened by various members of the global and local arts community, including Jenny Schlenzka, Director of Gropius Bau Berlin; Aindrea Emelife, Curator Modern and Contemporary at the Museum of West African Art in Benin City, Nigeria; Pati Hertling, Director of Performance Space New York; Stefanie Hessler, Director of Swiss Institute New York; Benedikt Wyss, Curator of SALTS; Finally Saturday in Basel; and more.

Practical Information
Time: Private days on June 10-12, as well as the vernissage on June 12, are by invitation only. The show is open to the public June 13-16 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 Wednesday 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 or book directly online at A guided tour of this year’s Parcours sector will take place daily at 15:00. The tour lasts 1 hour and takes place in German and in English. The meeting point is the Parcours Info Point at Claraplatz. Book your spot online.

Childcare (Art Kids): Art Basel offers a childcare service where kids ages 4-12 can enjoy art and recreational activities under the supervision of Familycare Basel professionals while their parents visit the show. This year’s concept will highlight our surroundings and articulate the theme of “city, country, river.” Art exhibitions, three curated satellite art stations, a creative studio, and a small stage will awake your child’s artistic sensitivity. Furthermore, bouncy castles, a bobby car racetrack, a soccer and basketball field, and many more activities will keep your kids energized and dynamic throughout the day. There is also the option to enjoy a selection of healthy snacks especially tailored for kids’ needs. Babysitting services on-site are also available for children ages 3 months to 4 years with pre-registration. Please contact Familycare Basel,, 061-261-4561, directly for further information. Childcare options are available in Halle 1.1 of the Messe Basel and open to Art Basel visitors during show hours.

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 68 (CHF 35 after 17:00 on Thursday and Friday); reduced-price tickets for students, seniors, and residents of Basel-Stadt are CHF 55. Kids up to age 12 are free when accompanied by a parent. There are also permanent tickets for CHF 240, which are valid for all days, combination tickets for Art Basel and Design Miami/Basel (CHF 98/82), and tickets for Unlimited Night only (CHF 35/30). Also, the Vernissage+ Card is available for CHF 200, 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. Note that all tickets include a day ticket for a return journey on public transportation within Basel (TNW zones 10, 11, 13, 14, and 15) that is valid on the same day as the Art Basel 2023 ticket.


Messe Basel
Messeplatz 10
4005 Basel

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