There are still under four months before Art Basel, supported by Global Lead Partner UBS, opens its doors from June 15 to 18. The essential preview days will take place on June 13 and 14. But the Swiss are already starting to drum hard for their fair. After all, "285 of the world's leading galleries" will exhibit at Art Basel, according to the announcement. And it will be, as usual, a reflection of the international art world; 36 countries count the Swiss on their exhibitor list. And: for 21 galleries, it is a premiere in Basel. Art Basel is particularly proud that this year the well-known Moroccan artist Latifa Echakhch will enliven the Basel fairgrounds with a room-sized installation curated by Samuel Leuenberger. Among the 21 galleries showing at Art Basel for the first time this year are blank projects from Cape Town, Empty Gallery from Hong Kong, and Offer Waterman from London.
What does Art Basel know about Echakhch? For example, Echakhch, represented by Kamel Mennour, Pace Gallery, Kaufmann Repetto, and Dvir Gallery, "has a long tradition of working with deconstructed stages," a "symbol of wreckage and ruins," with the goal to show "the hope and possibilities that lie within them."
Noah Horowitz, Art Basel's new CEO since the end of 2022 and successor to Marc Spiegler, is "incredibly excited "to welcome the international art scene to Basel. He is convinced that the Basel fair will "will once again reaffirm its pre-eminent position as a platform for discovery and encounters that drive the art world".