Art Basel 2019 took place from June 12th to June 16th, 2019. This year at Messe, Basel many figures from the international art world, along with 290 galleries with the works of over 4000 artists, brought together many aficionados of this area to Messe Basel. Today Basel Shows brings you an article regarding some of the best moments of this year’s edition.
This year, more than 93,000 visitors flocked to Switzerland for the 2019 edition of Art Basel, and according to Iwan Wirth of Hauser and Wirth, this edition was the most successful year for the art fair.
The sales were definitely one of the best highlights of this event. Among them, we can point to Gerhard Richter’s Versammlung (1966) at David Zwirner, sold for 20 million dollars, as well as Rashid Johnson’s Untitled Escape Collage (2019) at David Kordansky Gallery.
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Hauser and Wirth also had a booth in Art Basel 2019 where they sold an important pierced canvas work by Lucio Fontana. Another innovative initiative definitely had to do the presentation of a Virtual Reality artwork by Paul McCarthy, which was an innovative initiative for those who like the development of new technologies.
Speaking of new technologies coming to Art Basel 2019, we definitely have to mention the immersive installation that Daan Roosegaarde has created, inspired by BMW’s vision of a driverless car future. Their main idea behind this action was the conception of an artwork that will depend on the dual action of both the creator and consumer.
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This year there was even a Film program welcoming many participants to Art Basel 2019, especially the screening of Rashid Johnson’s Native Son (2019). Not only that, but there was also a double-bill of screenings all of whom were exploring new perspectives on Marxism.
The success and growth of the event have definitely been notable worldwide. In the words of Martin Nydegger, Director of Switzerland Tourism: “The Art Basel is a Magnet for art lovers from all over the world and a gateway to the arts in Switzerland and our Swiss cities (…) The offer in the fields of art and culture in Switzerland is world class. Probably in no other country in the Museum density is so high.”