Since 1970, gallerists and artists – first local, now global – get together in Basel, Switzerland, to present modern and contemporary art to artists, gallerists, collectors, art historians, curators, museum directors and personnel, critics, and the public. Get ready – Art Basel and Design Miami are about to start.
Art Basel has over the years expanded and the organizers curate these world-class events in Basel, Miami, and Hong Kong. Each event has its own local flair and reflects the nuances and trends of the location.
Apart from the art trade show, there are high-caliber presentations, talks and discussions to disseminate current topics in the art world.
Ed Atkins and Jay Pather, adjunct curator for performance at Zeitz MOCAA, kick-off the 25 talks on 14 June 2018. The three-day program will conclude with ‘Artists’ Influencers’, an interactive session with Hans Ulrich Obrist, artistic director of the Serpentines Galleries, Katharina Grosse, a Berlin-based artist, and Sarah Sze, an artist from New York. Co-located with Art Basel is Design Miami in Basel. The 13th edition of the good design show features 47 galleries and ten Curio installations from 13 countries. Visitors interested in functionality, beauty, and materiality cleverly and artfully applied to furniture, lighting, and objets d’art will get their money’s worth. The show focuses on collaboration, conferences, and exclusive events that are interwoven into the program on the exhibition floor. Design Miami is sharing the same entrance at Messe Basel as the Art Basel ‘Unlimited’ display with 72 large-scale installations. Some designers might waver in their professional calling or choice – artist or designer? The boundaries can easily blur when looking that the high-quality exhibits in both areas. Within Design Miami, a definite stopping point is Design-at-Large. This year’s show is curated by photographer Francois Halard. His own work is addressing interior spaces and architecture. Design-at-Large hence serves as a site of discovery with a twist on the ‘impact of time on design’. Another fascinating part of Design Miami is the Swarovski Designers of the Future awards. As a truly global forum that celebrates design, culture, and commerce, these recognitions are especially important to honor the developments and innovation in the market. The three 2018 winners of the ‘smart living’ innovative design approach had been announced during the Salone del Mobile in Milan in April. Their work incorporating crystal technologies, psycho activation techniques, touch and energy crystals are revealed on 16 June 2018 in Basel. Dutch designer Frank Kolkman works with robotic technology. Study O Portable is a Dutch and Japanese research conglomerate that makes objects in the designed environments. Yosuke Ushigome of Takram from Japan develops designs employing emerging technologies. All of the projects are avant-guard with a collaborative aspect, based on lots of experiments, some dreams, and integrating several design disciplines. Art Basel and Design Miami run from 14 to 17 respectively 12 to 17 June 2018. We are not participating in this edition of Art Basel but will be presenting state-of-the-art innovations at Art Basel Miami from 6 to 10 December 2018. Stay tuned.