Despite the postponement from June to September 2020, the Swiss edition of Art Basel will not take place after all. This was announced by the organizers on their website today.
Image above: Art Basel in Basel © Art Basel
It says that although there are signs of hope, as individual countries are coming out of the lockdown, the global situation remains precarious and there are unfortunately still too many uncertainties to continue the fair. “These include the health risks posed by large gatherings, the limitations on intercontinental travel, and the unclear Swiss regulatory environment for shows of Art Basel’s size. Given these uncertainties, we believe that the best option concerning the Basel show is to focus on next year’s edition and delivering a fair of the exceptional international quality that the artworld expects. Art Basel’s thoughts are with everyone who has been affected around the world. These are challenging times, and we wish you the very best until we are able to meet again.”
The organizers announce that the next edition of the Basel Art Fair will take place from June 17th to June 20th, 2021.
The fair in Basel brings the international art world together. Over 250 leading galleries and more than 4,000 artists from five continents are represented there. Many high-calibre exhibitions take place simultaneously in and around Basel, forming a region-wide and internationally renowned art week.