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Art Basel 2020

After extensive analysis of the current global situation, Art Basel has decided not to hold its Basel show. The fair was scheduled to take place at Messe Basel from September 17 to September 20, 2020, after having previously been postponed from June.

The decision to cancel the show was made after thorough consultation with many Art Basel gallerists, collectors, partners, as well as external experts. The primary considerations were the fundamental health and safety risks related to the pandemic, the financial risks for exhibitors and partners, the ongoing impediments to international travel, and the fact that the regulatory environment around large-scale events has yet to be finalized by the Swiss Federal Council.

Marc Spiegler, Global Director, Art Basel said: ‘We are acutely aware that our galleries are facing unprecedented challenges and economic difficulties, and we had fervently hoped to support the art market’s recovery with a successful fair in September. Unfortunately, the uncertainties that we face remain too high. The best way forward for our Basel show is therefore to focus on delivering a fair of the same exceptional international quality that the artworld expects from us next June, as we continue to support our galleries by further developing our digital platforms and by delivering our upcoming shows in Miami Beach and Hong Kong.’

The Online Viewing Rooms for Art Basel in Basel's exhibitors will be live from June 19 to June 26, 2020, with preview days from June 17 to June 19, 2020.

The next edition of Art Basel in Basel will take place from June 17 to June 20, 2021, with preview days on June 15 and June 16, 2021.

  • 17.09.2020 - 20.09.2020
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    Opening Hours
    Unlimited Opening (by invitation only)
    Monday, September 14, 2020, 4pm to 8pm

    Private Days (by invitation only)
    Tuesday, September 15, 2020, 11am to 8pm
    Wednesday, September 16, 2020, 11am to 8pm

    Vernissage (by invitation only)
    Wednesday, September 16, 2020, 4pm to 8pm

    Public Days
    Thursday, September 17, 2020, 11am to 7pm
    Friday, September 18, 2020, 11am to 7pm
    Saturday, September 19, 2020, 11am to 7pm
    Sunday, September 20, 2020, 11am to 7pm

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  •  image: Francis Picabia, Bête Rose (detail), 1925-28.
    image: Francis Picabia, Bête Rose (detail), 1925-28.
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