Art Fairs

Art Basel 2016

Art Basel, Basel, Switzerland
Deadline: 15 October 2015

Art Basel 2016

Art Basel in Basel 2015 General Impression © Art Basel

From Thursday June 16 to Sunday June 19, 2016, Art Basel will stage the 47th edition of its show in Basel, the world’s premier art fair for modern and contemporary art. The show will feature more than 280 leading galleries from North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa, displaying works by more than 4,000 artists of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Art Basel is currently accepting applications to the following sectors: Galleries, Edition, Statements, and Feature, as well as early applications to the Parcours and Unlimited sectors.

Applications to Galleries, Edition, Statements, Feature
The Galleries sector is the main exhibition sector of Art Basel, where leading art galleries for modern and contemporary art display 20th- and 21st-century artworks. The galleries in this sector are judged for selection based upon their overall program, while also outlining their specific booth concept for the Basel show.

Edition is the sector for leading publishers of editioned works, prints and multiples. As with the Galleries sector, exhibitors are judged based upon their overall program, while also outlining their specific booth concept.

Statements is the platform for galleries presenting single emerging artists for discovery by the international art world via an exhibition of strongly related works. Preference is given to single projects. Selection is based on the proposal, not on the gallery’s overall activities.

(Please note: To support galleries with a focus on emerging artists, Art Basel has expanded and more clearly defined its guidelines for this sector. Artists who have been spotlighted at other international art fairs—including Art Basel’s other editions—or at major institutions will be considered. However, the proposed artwork must be an entirely new body of work, significantly different from what has been exhibited before in such contexts. As before, the Art Basel in Basel Selection Committee’s preference will continue to be given to projects specifically created for the show in Basel, proposed by emerging artists in the international art world.)

Feature focuses on precisely curated projects, such as the presentation of a single artist of any generation, exceptional art historical material, or exhibitions presenting multiple artists within a curatorial concept. As with Statements, selection is based on the proposal, not the gallery.

Deadline for applications to these sectors is Thursday, September 17, 2015.

Applications to Unlimited and Parcours
Early applications for the Unlimited and Parcours sectors are now possible for projects that require a long production time. Please note that all applications to Unlimited and Parcours will be reviewed only after acceptance into one of the primary sectors (Galleries, Edition, Statements, Feature). It is therefore not possible to apply for Unlimited or Parcours only.

Unlimited is Art Basel’s pioneering exhibition platform for projects that transcend the classical art-show stand, including large-scale sculpture and paintings, video projections, installations, and live performances. Works are selected by the Art Basel in Basel Selection Committee, while New York-based curator Gianni Jetzer is responsible for their presentation.

Parcours engages the city’s historical quarters with sculptures, site-specific installations, interventions, and performances by renowned international artists and emerging talents. Works are selected by the Art Basel in Basel Selection Committee and curated for the first time by Basel-based curator Samuel Leuenberger.

Deadline for early applications to Unlimited and Parcours is Thursday, October 15, 2015. 

Applications that are handed in by the October 15 deadline will be reviewed by the Art Basel in Basel Selection Committee, whose decision will be communicated at the beginning of November 2015. The application period for Unlimited and Parcours will then stay open until Friday, January 15, 2016 for further applications, which will be reviewed by the Art Basel in Basel Selection Committee by the end of January 2016.

Read the application material and the exhibition regulations carefully and complete the checklist of required materials. We look forward to receiving your application.

Should you have questions about the application process, please do not hesitate to contact the Art Basel team via


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