Art 34 Basel, the International Art Show, closed its doors on June 23rd 2003 and participating galleries, Show Management, art aficionados and the media unanimously considered this year's Art Basel to have been an outstanding year.
This was because of the quality of the works on display, the throngs of art collectors and art lovers, the excellent sales, the international significance of the event and its positive impulses for the art market. Art Basel has impressively confirmed and expanded its position as the world's leading market place for the Classical Moderns and for contemporary art. Over 50,000 visitors including 1,500 media representatives came to the International Art Show.
The 270 exhibitors from every continent were positive about the outcome after seven exciting and rewarding days full of fascinating discoveries. Samuel Keller, Director of Art Basel, summed up the art show as follows: «The 34th staging of Art Basel delighted the art world.» The media's great interest in Art Basel also ensures the exhibiting galleries additional attention and coverage in the press. The German daily, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, laconically wrote «Art as a force of nature, or: It couldn't be better.»] Le Figaro of Paris summed up the show as follows: «Opinions were unanimous: this 34th edition is an excellent vintage and still more contemporary on the ground floor.», Le Monde reported: «The Basel Show is definitely in a class by itself.» and Welt am Sonntag commented: «Nowhere else in the world is so much – without exception, high-caliber – modern art on view as in Basel. No other show is so important for gallery owners and so popular with visitors.»
Chantal Crousel, owner of Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris: said: «Art Basel is more beautiful than ever and the quality of the art on show is excellent. What is more, visitors are extremely well informed.»
David Juda, director of Annely Juda Fine Art, London: «Vibrant, exciting and quite a lot of business.»
Hans Mayer, owner of Galerie Hans Mayer, Duesseldorf: «This year's Art Basel was outstanding. Visitors from every continent came to Basel.»
Robert Landau, owner of Landau Fine Art, Montreal: «The show got off to a very brisk start, becoming a little quieter towards the end. Many people complimented us on having the most beautiful booth. The public was very well informed and knew plenty about modern art.»
Peter Blum, owner of Blumarts, New York: «I came with low expectations because of the world's bad economic and political situation. I'm therefore all the more surprised how well the show went. One steps into the space ship that is Art Basel, blasts off, and leaves everyday cares behind.»
Giò Marconi, owner of Giò Marconi Gallery, Milan: «The show was outstanding. I met many new collectors.»
The 35th staging of Art Basel takes place from June 16 to 21, 2004.
Art Basel Miami Beach
Art Basel Miami Beach, the new international art show which made its debut last year, exceeded all expectations. Top-quality art works, a high-caliber international audience, good sales, immense media attention – the first staging of Art Basel Miami Beach on the American continent was a complete success. December 4 to 7, 2003 are the dates of the second edition of this International Art Show.