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Sunday, May 13, 2012

Art 43 Basel: The Premier International Art Show

From June 14 to June 17, 2012, the city of Basel in Switzerland will host the major contemporary and modern at show Art 43 Basel.

After last year's success, where near 65,000 people among art dealers, art curators, artists, art collectors and other art enthusiasts attended Art Basel,  this year's edition returns with over 2,500 artists of the 20th and 21st centuries, represented by more than 300 galleries from 36 countries on 6 continents. The continuous sucess of the show is evident in the fact that over 99 percent of last year’s exhibitors reapplied for the Art Galleries Sector.

Art 43 Basel will show paintings, drawings, sculpture, installations, prints, photography, video and digital art, with works ranging from editioned works by emerging artists to museum-caliber masterpieces by famous names in art history.

Included in the programme for the third year, Art Feature will again focus on precise curatorial projects. For the 2012 edition, 20 galleries will present a mix of artistic dialogues, solo shows and exceptional art-historical material.

Promoting young artists since 1996, the Art Statements sector at Art Basel 43 will spotlight 27 solo projects by young artists from 19 countries. These artists were selected by the Art Basel Committee from more than 300 applications.
Two outstanding Art Statements projects will be awarded with the CHF 30,000 Baloise Art Prize. The Baloise Group willl also acquire works by the award-winning artists, posteriorly donating them to renowned European institutions. This year, the institutions are again the Hamburger Kunsthalle and the Museum of Modern Art Ludwig Foundation Wien.

Another event present at the 2012 edition will be the Art Film program, featuring a series of films by and about artists, screened at the Stadkino Basel.
The Swiss premier of 'Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry' (2012) by Alison Klayman, will be presented by the Zurich film connoisseur This Brunner. Another hilight will be 'Marina Abramović: The Artist Is Present' (2011) by Matthew Akers.
Art Film tickets are CHF 16 and the Stadtkino Basel box office will open 30 minutes prior to the screenings (tickets can be reserved in advance)

Gallery owners, biennale curators, museum directors, artists, art collectors and architects will take part in the
Art Basel Conversations. They will share their current and upcoming projects, talk about their experiences and comment on the challenges they face,offering an insider's view to the public. This is a remarkable opportunity to gain first-hand information on the aspects of art collecting and enhance one's perception of the artworld.

Art Salon will include talks, panel discussions, presentations - often informal - by figures active in the international artworld, as well as book signing.

The opening times for Art 43 Basel can be consulted at the Visitor information page.

Further information about the show's program will be added to this article if necessary.

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