A good bid on a trip to over indulge in the art world, is just around the corner. Basel's own Mega Fair "Art Basel" will for the 39th time open its doors to art lovers flying in to the city feeling like children at Christmas. Art Basel features nearly 300 leading galleries from all over the world.
More than 2,000 artists, ranging from the great masters of Modern art
to the latest generation of emerging stars, are represented in the
show's multiple sections. The exhibition includes the highest-quality
paintings, sculptures, drawings, installations, photographs, video and
The New York Times has called Art Basel the «Olympics of the Art
World.» Le Monde named Art Basel «La meilleure foire du monde» («The
best fair in the world»), and the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
observed «Die beste Kunst ist gerade gut genug» («The best art is
barely good enough»). Here famous artists mingle with collectors, curators and regular art lovers. Located on the banks of the Rhine, at the border between Switzerland,
France and Germany, Basel is a delighful place to be in the early summer.
An alternative Art Fair for a New Generation of Art, Artists and Collectors is LISTE. LISTE has always been something of a David to the Art Basel Goliat. The motivation for founding the fair came out of the realization that, at the end of the 80s, a new and self-assured generation of gallerists and artists was coming up that, unfortunately, had little opportunity to secure a place at one of the established art fairs. The LISTE did not see itself as an oppositional force or competitor, but rather as a complement, to The Mega Fair Art Basel, and, as such, decided to hold its fair parallel to Art Basel...with great success. There can not be one thing, without an alternative. At least not in a democracy, or the art world.
The art events in Basel starts on Wednesday, June 4 and goes to Sunday, June 8, daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m