A month after blockbuster contemporary art auctions at Sotheby’s, Christie’s, and Phillips, Art Basel Switzerland celebrated its 46th year, opening to huge art-hungry crowds on June 18th in Basel, Switzerland. The art fair, which ran from June 18 – 21, 2015, featured thousands of contemporary art pieces in all types of media—from paintings to digital to performance art. The showed featured works by over 4,000 artists, including established career artists and up-and-coming artists as well as relative unknowns. Around 284 galleries competed for the attention of fair attendees, hoping to showcase and sell grand works to collectors from all over the world. It was estimated that the value of all the showcased artwork was around $3.1 billion.
The art fair is divided into sections, each section featuring different styles or types of art as well as different artists’ works. The Unlimited section, one of the most popular sections of the fair, included 74 art installations and pieces from artists such as Julius von Bismark, David Shirley, Konrad Klapheck, and Olafur Eliasson, among others. Julius von Bismark, for instance, enjoyed a glass of wine at a simple table or tucked himself into bed on an installation he titled “Egocentric System”—all while rotating on a large concrete bowl, the centrifugal force of the rotating bowl keeping the furniture and Julius from flying off.
While the Art Basel fair progressed, other art fairs also attracted crowds throughout the city of Basel.
Art Basel is one of the largest art fairs in the world. It has satellite art fairs in both Hong Kong and Miami Beach, which also attract large crowds of interested spectators and buyers.
The Art Basel Switzerland fair will resume on June 16-19, 2016. Will you be attending?
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