Crowds of visitors will return to the Swiss city of Basel this June for the Festzelt art fair. But many other trade fairs also take place in the city. To help you plan your agenda, we’ve compiled the not-to-be-missed highlights to help you navigate the show week.
16-19 June 2022
When: VIP Opening (by invitation only) Tuesday 14 June and Wednesday 15 June: 11am-8pm; Vernissage (by invitation only) Wednesday, June 15: 5 p.m.–8 p.m.; Public days Thursday, June 16–Sunday, June 19: 11 a.m.–7 p.m
Where: Messe Basel: Messeplatz 10 4058 Basel, Switzerland
How much: CHF 65 ($65.74)
What you should know: Now that travel restrictions are easing, Art Basel could look a lot more familiar this year than it did in 2021, when American collectors were conspicuously absent from Tony Fair. Returning to its June time slot, the Flagpole event will feature 289 international art galleries from 40 different countries (including 19 newcomers including OH Gallery from Dakar, Mariane Ibrahim from Paris and Chicago and Proyectos Ultravioleta from Guatemala). Alongside the main event, expect excitement from the Unlimited area, showcasing large-scale installations and stand-alone works that literally don’t fit in a normal stand. This year Art Basel also introduced Unlimited Night, when the fair stays open late.
13-19 June 2022
When: Preview (by invitation only) Monday, June 13: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.; public opening: 6-8 p.m.; Tuesday 14 June–Saturday 18 June: 12pm–8pm; Sunday 19 June: 11am-4pm
Where: Messe Basel, Hall 1.1
How much: CHF 20 ($20.23)
What you should know: The popular satellite fair that puts the spotlight on emerging talent returns with 82 galleries from 37 countries. After Russia’s war against Ukraine, the New York- and Moscow-based company Fragment and the Moscow-based company Osnova donated their stands to Ukrainian galleries. Kyiv’s The Naked Room, which produced the country’s pavilion at the Venice Biennale, and the Voloshyn Gallery will be exempt from entry fees. The fair also noted that none of the participating galleries will show works by Russian artists this year to express their solidarity with Ukraine.
13-19 June 2022
When: Vernissage (by invitation only) Monday, June 13: 10 a.m.–2 p.m.; public vernissage: 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Tuesday 14 June–Saturday 18 June: 11am–8pm; Sunday 19 June: 11am-5pm
Where: ELYS, Elsässerstrasse 215A, 4056 Basel
How much: CHF 25.90 ($26.20)
What you should know: Since its first edition in 2005 as a collaboration between art dealers and friends, Volta has grown into a platform for international dealers to showcase their artists’ finest work. It organizes editions in Switzerland and New York and returns in 2022 for its 17th fair in Basel.
13-19 June 2022
When: Collectors Preview (by invitation only) Monday, June 13: 12pm-6pm; VIP preview (by invitation only): 6-8 p.m.; Public days Tuesday, June 14 and Wednesday, June 15: 11 a.m.–8 p.m.; Thursday 16 June – Sunday 19 June: 11am – 7pm
Where: Hall 1 South, Messe Basel Switzerland
How much: CHF 35 ($35.42)
What you should know: The 16th edition of the fair returns with 34 galleries and 18 unique presentations in the curio area. Design Miami/Basel is being organized by Maria Cristina Didero, who is the curatorial director of the fair. The theme is “The Golden Age: Rooted in the Past” and celebrates the “flexibility, resilience and adaptability of humanity”.
June art fair
13-19 June 2022
When: VIP Preview (by invitation only) Monday, June 13: 1pm-8pm; Public days Tuesday, June 14–Saturday, June 18: 11 a.m.–7 p.m.; Sunday 19 June: 11am-5pm
Where: Riehenstrasse 90B
What you should know: The latest fair on the agenda was founded in 2019 by Christian Andersen and Esperanza Rosales. The Juni in Basel, as it is aptly called, features a highly selective group of participants in a strictly curated presentation. Some might call it the Swiss version of the Independent, but housed in an “iconic concrete bunker,” the interior of which was designed by Herzog and de Meuron.
14-19 June 2022
When: Vernissage Monday, June 14: 12 p.m.–8 p.m.; Hours Tuesday 14 June–Saturday 18 June: 12pm–8pm; Sunday, June 15, 12pm-6pm
Where: Volkshaus Basel, Rebgasse 12-14
How much: CHF 20 ($20.24)
What you should know: Perhaps the only art fair in Switzerland dedicated to photography, Photo Basel is a must-see when in Basel. Described as a “compact alternative for lighter, more subtle encounters,” the event will surely be an antidote to the crowds at the main fair.
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