Art collectors, gallery owners, artists, curators and art lovers from countries all over the world have already marked the dates of the annual family meeting of the art world in their calendar: from June 12 to 17th 2002, Art Basel, the International Art Show, will take place in the city of Basel (Switzerland) for the 33rd time.
Art Basel is undisputedly the world's largest and most important show for modern and contemporary art and constitutes the highlight of the art summer of 2002 together with the Documenta 11, which opens on the preceding weekend.
The high acclaim of Art Basel is based on the high quality and unique variety of the works exhibited as well as its international audience. Once again, over 50,000 visitors (2001: 55,000 visitors) and more than 1,000 media representatives (2001: 1,500 journalists) are expected from all continents.
They come to see the most cosmopolitan and most select offerings of the international art market and to meet the insiders and stars of the ! art scene.
A total of 262 leading galleries from Europe, America, Asia and Australia will exhibit at Art Basel. They have been selected according to strict quality criteria from a record number of approximately 900 applications from every continent.
Of the galleries, 39 come from Switzerland, 61 from Germany, 25 from France, 20 from Great Britain, 15 from Italy, 9 from Spain, 7 from Belgium, 6 from Austria, 4 from the Netherlands, 2 each from Sweden and Luxembourg, 1 each from Portugal, Denmark, Greece and Ireland, 51 from the USA, 3 from Canada, 7 from Latin America, 8 from Asia and 2 from Australia.
The galleries were admitted by the Art Committee, a jury of experienced gallery owners, which studies comprehensive preliminary information and holds consultative meetings lasting several days before reaching decisions on admissions. An independent appeals commission reviewed the admission decisions when requested to do so by rejected applicants.
Once again, the crème de la crème of the international gallery scene is exhibiting, and 99% of last year's exhibitors reapplied. Some renowned galleries and various young hopefuls supplement the selection of galleries that is unparalleled worldwide. The newly admitted galleries include 303 (New York), SCAI The Bathhouse, Shiraishi Contemporary Art (Tokyo), Campaña (Cologne) and Contemporary Fine Arts (Berlin). In the modern art department, the new additions are Joan T. Washburn (New York), The Mayor Gallery (London), Zabriskie (New York) and Berinson (Berlin). Eigen + Art (Berlin), Flay (Paris), ArsFutura (Zurich) and Kicken (Berlin) are exhibiting again after a short interruption. Counter Editions (London) and Galerie Patrick Cramer (Geneva) are enriching the «Art Edition» sector.