Today, December 2nd 2020, marks the premiere of "OVR: Miami Beach", a new iteration of Art Basel's Online Viewing Rooms that will feature 255 galleries accepted to the 2020 edition of the show. Waiting for a return to physical events, here are my photographic impressions of Art Basel's “Unlimited" sector in 2019.
The Art Basel is indisputably the world's biggest fair in the international art market. Around 300 selected galleries from around the world present modern and contemporary works of high quality. Artists, art collectors and many celebrities meet in Basel during these few days and make the city a focal point for the art scene. Since being introduced in 2000, Art Basel's “Unlimited" sector has allowed participating galleries to showcase monumental sculptures, video projections, wall paintings, photographic series, and performance art in a way that transcends the traditional art-fair stand. “Unlimited" features projects ranging from historically significant pieces to the latest contemporary work.
Art Basel was started in 1970 by Basel gallerists Ernst Beyeler, Trudl Bruckner and Balz Hilt. In its inaugural year, the Basel show attracted more than 16,000 visitors who viewed work presented by 90 galleries representing 10 countries. Under the stewardship of Marc Spiegler, the 2019 show in Basel attracted 93,000 visitors over six days. It presented 290 galleries from 35 countries, exhibiting the work of over 4,000 artists. A total of 19 galleries showed in Basel for the first time. Alongside private collectors from Europe, America, and Asia, representatives and groups from over 400 museums and institutions from across the world were in attendance. In 2020, the 50th edition of the fair in Basel was at first postponed to September, but later canceled after many dealers cited concerns about travel and safety.
© Fausto Colombo / L'incertain regard. All pictures taken on 14.06.2019 with LUMIX DMC-LX100