While a year lived in a pandemic has kept the world’s largest art event from its anticipated artists and spectators, Art Basel In Basel Switzerland is opening its doors for the yearly event with some of the rarest pieces ever seen in the art community.
Founded in 1970 by Ernst Beyeler, Art Basel is unlike any art event. Bringing together artists from all sectors of art is the idea that revolutionized how our world views art—along with the close-knit community that surrounds it. This highly anticipated event is scheduled to host 290 galleries and 4,000 artists from around the world. Time doesn’t shake a timeless piece and according to Marc Spiegler, global director of Art Basel, this phrase is the topic for the 2021 show.
“One of the truly striking aspects of this year’s Basel show is how many of the pieces still feel timeless and topical. Some of the pieces are new and response to the challenges of today but many are older and because of the nature of the work, they still speak to us,” he says.
Who Will be at Basel
“Timeless” is the focus that Basel will showcase this year and exactly what you’ll see when you enter the event space. White walls line the outside of sculptures, paintings, and photography from some of the most genius minds on this planet. Whether a light browser or an in-depth viewer of art and its meaning, the art available at Basel is nothing shy of extreme quality and beauty.
Walkthrough rooms showcasing one piece of art to showcasing hundreds of pieces capturing the true definition of history to sexuality on a white wall. As you walk through a maze of art genres such as statements, galleries, film, edition, and unlimited (the largest art pieces) we have selected some of the must-see pieces that a visitor with any intention should prioritize.
- Best known for her massive paintings that proclaim feminism, In Unlimited is a real treat from Joan Semmel entitled “Skin in the Game.” We love this piece and all that it stands for, an absolute must-see.
- Let’s walk back in time to the art of war and devastation. As one of the most unique portrayals of war and loss is Jannis Kounellis’s “Untitled” which simply means it cannot be explained as the acts of inhuman war can never be explained. The owner and director of the gallery in which “Entitled” come from, Karsten Greve informs visitors that “this isn’t an easy painting that can be put on the wall”. In other words, the movement of this piece is too incredible to not experience.
- Last but not least, is an NYC favorite by Rose Salane entitled “94 Rings”. The idea behind such pieces gives life to individuals who lost a piece of who they are without a trace with no explanation of the person wearing the ring except the ring itself. The structure, price, manufacturing, and style of the ring give an idea of who its owner was but with no real concert evidence of this beauty in the unknown.
The true make-up of the event starts at a young age. Including over 4000 artists, Art Basel takes on some of the youngest artists and walks with them through growth. The relationship that forms is beneficial for the artists and is an incredible opportunity to be displayed at the show. The event offers pieces from the most famous artists that use modern day form.
What Basel Has to Offer
Located in a thriving city driven by the pure history of the town and its vibrant art culture, Basel is in Northwestern Switzerland. Basel is a prominent city in the area and is considered to be the capital in the northern region. You may be surprised when you arrive at the event by plane as you will notice you are in France. Basel is marvelous not just for traditional German food and activity but its proximity to France and Germany. The luxury of the Art event’s location is visitors can experience three countries in one trip.
Accommodations are recommended by Art Basel on their website and include only the best suggestions that the surrounding areas can offer. Take advantage of the suburbs of Basel located in France for the perfect long weekend trip during the event. The best way to spend your trip is enjoying art in the day and a French Riviera meal at night, you won’t be disappointed.
A city that thrives off art must be filled with inspiration and Basel is no exception. Although the city is extremely historic at the root, it truly mirrors the theme of Art Basel through timelessness and modernism. The inspiration from the city is drawn from only the artist’s eyes but what we see as inspiration may just inspire you. Art isn’t what everyone else thinks, it is what the individual sees, gather inspiration of your very own both for relaxation and sightseeing before your visit to the Art Basel, at unique locations surrounding the Gallery.
- Lucerne, an hour train ride away into central Switzerland
- Rötteln Castle.
- Rhine Falls.
- A few hour train ride and France awaits
- Grand Hotel Les Trois Rois
- Mövenpick Hotel Basel
Detail of the Event
Basel will take place in its hometown of Basel Switzerland from Thursday, September 23 to Sunday, September 26. The showrooms will welcome guests from 2 to 7 p.m. on Thursday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. the following days. The event is held at the Swiss exhibition site in the heart of Basel. The space features art in the form of architecture and material beauty.
Due to the pandemic, Art Basel has decided to take proper precautions and allow a certain amount of tickets to be sold. Tickets range from $65 per person, per day, $45 for students and seniors, and an exclusive four-day pass at $145. With over 4,000 artists featured, there is a lot of art to see at the event, you might consider making a trip out of it with the Basel Art show as the focal point.
Art Basel has grown to three locations over its 40 years. Switzerland may be slightly out of the way for some of you art lovers so don’t forget Florida and Hong Kong, excellent sister locations to where it all began. Art Basel is excited to welcome guests at all locations this year and hopes to expand further in the future.