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Art What!: Art Basel announces premier lineup of galleries for its 2020 edition in Basel [CANCELLED]


UPDATE: As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and its unprecedented impact worldwide, Art Basel has decided not to hold its Basel show. The fair was scheduled to take place at Messe Basel from 17th to 20th September 2020, after having previously been postponed from June.

BASEL, SWITZERLAND – Art Basel has announced the details of its gallery list for its show in Basel this June. 288 leading galleries from 35 countries and territories will present works ranging from the Modern period of the early 20th century to the present.

While galleries from Europe continue to be strongly represented, the show also features new and returning exhibitors from across the globe, including Asia, North and South America, the Middle East, and Africa. In addition, exhibitors will be able to participate in Art Basel’s Online Viewing Rooms, running in parallel to the fair.

23 galleries are participating for the first time, including: Bank from Shanghai; Ben Brown Fine Arts with spaces in London and Hong Kong; Bodega, Bridget Donahue, Company Gallery, Garth Greenan Gallery, Kasmin, Queer Thoughts, Venus Over Manhattan, and Yancey Richardson Gallery from New York; Emalin and Union Pacific from London; High Art and Loevenbruck from Paris; Hosfelt Gallery from San Francisco; Isla Flotante and waldengallery from Buenos Aires; Jhaveri Contemporary from Mumbai; LambdaLambdaLambda from Prishtina; Lars Friedrich from Berlin; Parker Gallery from Los Angeles; and René Schmitt from Westoverledingen.

The show’s main sector features 232 of the world’s leading galleries, showing painting, sculpture, drawing, installation, photography, video, and editioned works of the highest quality. In this sector, the newest generation of galleries will join leading gallerists of Modern and historical works from across the globe. As a fundamental aspect of the show, many premier galleries will exclusively or predominantly present exceptional pieces from the classical Modern to post-war contemporary. Five galleries will join the sector for the first time to showcase the full range of their programs, after having previously exhibited in Feature or Statements: Antenna Space from Shanghai, Carlos/Ishikawa from London, ChertLüdde from Berlin, Hamiltons from London, and Galerie Emanuel Layr with spaces in Vienna and Rome. Bruce Silverstein from New York and Lia Rumma with spaces in Milan and Naples will return to the sector after a hiatus.

Featuring 24 projects this year, the Feature sector will present ambitiously curated exhibitions by both historical and contemporary artists, with 10 galleries completely new to the show. Highlights from the sector include: five large-scale wall sculptures by Mary Beth  Edelson presented by David Lewis; an installation by Irena Haiduk, showcased by Galerie Max Mayer; one of the first computer-generated poems by Alison Knowles, presented by James Fuentes; a selection of Lee Krasner’s formative charcoal drawings presented by Kasmin; a major, never-before-seen collection of rare and important works from the 1960s by Peter Saul presented by Venus Over Manhattan; and new work by Mickalene Thomas presented by Yancey Richardson Gallery.

In the Statements sector, Art Basel welcomes 11 galleries to the Basel show for the first time, and comprise 18 solo presentations by emerging artists, presented by galleries from across the world. Highlights from the sector include: an immersive installation of new works titled ‘Wild Wild West’ by American artist Jonathan Lyndon Chase, presented by Company Gallery; an installation by American artist Rafa Esparza at Commonwealth and Council; an installation by Estonian artist Edith Karlson presented by Temnikova & Kasela; a textile-based installation by Croatian artist Hana Miletić at LambdaLambdaLambda; and a new body of work titled ‘Bitch, You Gone Die’ by African American artist Diamond Stingily, presented by Queer Thoughts. For the full list of exhibitors in Statements, please visit The 22nd Baloise Art Prize will be awarded to up to two artists exhibiting in Statements, with recipients being announced at the media reception of Art Basel. The Baloise Group acquires works by the award-winning artists and donates them to two leading European museums, which will hold solo exhibitions for the recipients of the award.

For the first time ever, the Edition sector will spread throughout both floors of Hall 2, and present 14 global leaders in the field of prints and editioned works: Niels Borch Jensen Gallery and Editions, Cristea Roberts Gallery, mfc-michèle didier, Atelier-Editions Fanal, Gemini G.E.L., Sabine Knust, Lelong Editions, Carolina Nitsch, Paragon, Polígrafa Obra Gràfica, René Schmitt, Susan Sheehan Gallery, STPI, and Two Palms. As part of the sector, Two Palms will showcase ‘Measurement: 24’ by Mel Bochner on the Spotlight wall facing the Rundhof.

In the Unlimited sector, Art Basel presents projects that transcend the limitations of a
traditional art-fair stand, taking place once again on the upper floor of Hall 1. Giovanni
Carmine, Director of the Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen, curates the sector for the first time
this year.

In Parcours, Art Basel presents site-specific sculptures, interventions, and performances by Art Basel’s exhibitors. The sector is once again curated by Samuel Leuenberger, founder of the non-profit exhibition space SALTS in Birsfelden, Switzerland.

Films will be screened at Stadtkino Basel, and  curated by Lisbonborn writer and lecturer Filipa Ramos, who is the co-founder and curator of Vdrome. In addition, Marian Masone, New York-based film curator, will select a feature film for a special screening during the show week.

The Conversations program offers audiences access to first-hand information on the international art world and is programmed by the Berlin-based artist Julieta Aranda. The panels take place in the auditorium.

Finally, Art Basel’s Online Viewing Rooms offer exhibitors an additional platform to showcase artworks to Art Basel’s global network of patrons, as well as new collectors and
buyers. The new digital initiative runs in parallel to the shows – rather than replacing the physical experience of an art fair – and allows gallerists to showcase additional curated exhibitions of works not presented at the fair. Collectors can browse thousands of works, searching by galleries, artists, and medium, and then directly contact the gallery with sales inquiries. Like the fairs, the show rooms start with a preview, accessible only to VIP card holders, followed by several days when the showrooms will be open to the public. The Online Viewing Rooms will be available via the Art Basel website and the Art Basel App.

Art Basel in Basel takes place from 17th to 20th September 2020, with preview days on 15th and 16th September 2020. For more information, visit their website here


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