Art Basel 2015: Top 5 Highlights

Art Basel 2015: Top 5 Highlights

June 29, 2015

Article written by Editor Amandio Pereira


The team of CovetED has just recently come from Art Basel 2015. We have prepared a little summary about this well-known event in the world of art.

As the 46th edition of Art Basel closed in Basel on Sunday, June 21, 2015, the show was once again widely praised for the many outstanding quality artworks on display and the precisely presented stands. Gallerists reported excellent sales across all levels of the market – to a particularly international array of collectors and institutions – with many declaring this to have been their strongest Art Basel edition.



Art Basel provided a platform for galleries to present the very best contemporary and historical material. This year a significant reconfiguration of the downstairs floorplan in Hall 2 moved 57 galleries to new positions – representing the biggest such shift at the show in the last decade. Bringing galleries showing work from 1900 to 1970 in closer proximity to each other, it created a stronger focus for their outstanding historical material, which included premier pieces by Max Beckmann, Marc Chagall, Max Ernst, Georg Grosz, Yves Klein, René Magritte, Pablo Picasso, Mark Rothko and Egon Schiele.


The show attracted an attendance of 98,000 over the six show days. Alongside major private collectors from Europe, North and Latin America, and Asia, representatives and groups from over 80 museums and institutions from across the world attended the show, including: Art Gallery of Ontario; Dia Art Foundation, New York; Guggenheim Museum, New York; Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.; Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; Institute of Contemporary Arts, London; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; The Museum of Modern Art, New York.



The Baloise Art Prize was this year awarded to British artist Beatrice Gibson and Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc from France. The prize of CHF 30,000 was presented by a jury of international experts, and works by the award winners were acquired by Baloise and donated to the MMK, Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main and the MUDAM, Luxembourg.

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The 2015 edition of Parcours was curated for the third time by Florence Derieux, Director of FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, and was sited in the historical centre of Basel around the city’s iconic cathedral and at select locations such as the Museum of Culture, the Natural History Museum, the Town Hall and the Münsterplatz. Parcours featured a total of 23 site-specific art works by internationally recognised artists, the biggest selection for Parcours to date, including Alexandra Bachzetsis, Adriano Costa, Nate Lowman, Michaela Meise, David Renggli and Ugo Rondinone.



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Film program at Art Basel 2015 was selected for the first time by Cairo-based film curator and lecturer Maxa Zoller. Consisting of six screenings, the film program was shown at Stadtkino Basel over six nights. It featured 19 film and video works by and about artists, exploring a range of different themes, with highlights including the screening of Takashi Murakami’s debut feature film ‘Jellyfish Eyes’; the first screening in Europe of Lisa Immordino Vreeland’s documentary ‘Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict’, an intimate portrait of the artworld icon.


Besides, Art Basel’s Conversations and Salon series brought together prominent voices from the international artworld. It was attended by over 2,700 people. The program of artist conversations and discussion forums took place daily, with a number of timely themes covered, including ‘Rethinking Kunsthalles and Non Profits’, ‘The Caribbean is the Future of Art’, ‘Collecting Africa’ and ‘Residencies, Communities: Support Structures for Artists’.


At the same time, Theater Basel presented ‘The Metopes of the Parthenon’ by internationally renowned theater director Romeo Castellucci. In addition, Fondation Beyeler hosted a performance of the 1913 Futurist opera ‘Victory over the Sun’.

Overall, Art Basel remained the dean of all art fairs dedicated to modern and contemporary art and the annual meeting place for anyone in the art world. Our luxury magazine CovetED is following the most significant art/design events in the world. See you at the next one!