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Art Basel concludes highly successful return of its June edition

Art Basel concludes highly successful return of its June edition

The 2022 edition of Art Basel – which returned to its June schedule for the first time since the pandemic started in 2019 – featured 289 leading international galleries from 40 countries and territories. Among them were 19 first-time participants, including: Jahmek Contemporary Art from Luanda; OH Gallery from Dakar; Athr Gallery with exhibition spaces in Diriyah, Al-'Ula, and Jeddah; Proyectos Ultravioleta from Guatemala City; Edouard Montassut from Paris; Veda from Florence; Ceysson & Bénétière with spaces in Paris, Lyon, Saint-Etienne, Koerich, and New York; Mariane Ibrahim with spaces in Chicago and Paris; Galerie Maria Bernheim with spaces in Zurich and London; and Ivan Gallery from Bucharest.

In addition to showcasing exceptional art within its Galleries, Feature, Statements, and Edition sectors, the fair presented 70 large-scale artworks in Unlimited; 21 site-specific projects in Parcours; a large-scale floor installation on the Messeplatz titled 'Out of Sight' by Lawrence Weiner, the American conceptual artist, who died last year; a dynamic Film program; as well as Conversations, the fair's renowned talks series.

Leading private collectors from across Europe, the Americas, the Middle East, and Africa attended this year, as well as curators and representatives from over 300 museums and institutions, including: The Bass, Miami Beach; Castello di Rivoli Museo d'Arte Contemporanea; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Dallas Museum of Art; ICA Miami; La Kunsthalle Mulhouse; Kunsthal Rotterdam; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; National Gallery Singapore; National Museum, Oslo; Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Serpentine Galleries, London; The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Städel Museum, Frankfurt; Swiss Institute, New York; Tate, London; Tate Americas Foundation, New York; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and Zachęta - National Gallery of Art, Warsaw.

'We were once again delighted to welcome the international art world to Basel in June,' says Marc Spiegler, Global Director, Art Basel. 'This year we witnessed strong collector and curator attendance not only from across Europe, but also the Americas and Asia. Pentup demand and the excellent quality on offer led to vigorous sales across all levels of the market and throughout the duration of the fair. This show truly demonstrates the importance of in-person events as a platform for vibrant encounters between cultural players.'

Galleries exhibiting across all sectors of Art Basel commented:

‘We were thrilled to be back in Basel, seeing colleagues and friends and meeting new people. The fair went beyond expectations this year!’ Lisa Spellman, Founder and Owner, 303 Gallery (New York)

‘It has been a whirlwind spring with the European art scene roaring back to life. We were thrilled to be back in Basel, where we made our debut with the Milton Avery Estate and united with international collectors and colleagues—many familiar and many new to us.’ Xavier Hufkens, Owner and Founder, Xavier Hufkens (Brussels)

‘This week’s fair was buzzing with enthusiastic collectors from every corner of the globe. We felt that there was a particularly dynamic balance of demand for primary market and secondary market works this year, which enabled us to present 20th-century masters alongside emerging artists with very successful results. Marc Glimcher, CEO, Pace Gallery (New York, East Hampton, Palm Beach, Palo Alto, London, Geneva, Hong Kong, Seoul)

‘This year’s Art Basel was particularly special in many ways. We reconnected with international collectors and curators we hadn’t seen in a long time. The atmosphere was thrilling, and we had the feeling everyone – including us – valued these in-person meetings so much more. We sold out most of our booth, to top-class collections and museums all over the world.’ Monika Sprüth and Philomene Magers, Co-owners, Sprüth Magers (Berlin, London, Los Angeles, Hong Kong)

‘Participating in Art Basel was an absolute dream! It is the most prestigious art fair in the world, and it will be an important milestone in our journey as a gallery, and especially for Helena Uambembe, who won the Baloise Art Prize. Overall, the fair was a major victory for all artists and galleries from the continent.’ Mehak Vieira, Founder, Jahmek Contemporary Art (Luanda)

‘This was our very first time in the Galleries sector of Art Basel, and we were a little nervous sitting next to such great colleagues and amazing presentations. Our biggest achievement was the Parcours project with Puppies Puppies (Jade Guarano Kuriki-Olivo) – a huge step in the representation of the trans body in art history. And yes, Art Basel is really the best fair.’ Daniel Balice, Co-Founder, Balice Hertling (Paris)

‘We noticed a sea change in the audiences present, which felt like a different generation of people than we have seen at the Art Basel preview before, including a greater variety of collectors at earlier stages of their journey.’ Andrew Fabricant, Chief Operating Officer, Gagosian (New York, Beverly Hills, Paris, Athens, Rome, Basel, Geneva, Hong Kong)

‘Art Basel demonstrates the depth and layers that bring the art community to Basel and the re-emergence of the importance of in-person engagement in front of artworks at the fair. Conversation is the real driver of acquisitions and exchange, where with relief and anticipation gallerists, collectors, museums, and artists can see each other and reconnect after years of pandemic realities.’ Lisa Panting, Co-Founder, Hollybush Gardens (London)

‘It felt great to be back at Art Basel, a fair where we always strive to show the best of our artists. The atmosphere of the fair was great – everyone seemed to be excited to be there. This year's program felt refreshing and relevant in regard to the current contemporary art scene.’ Thiago Gomide, Senior Partner, Gomide&Co (São Paulo)

‘Great to see Art Basel in high gear again. Sales were strong, and the atmosphere in the opening hours was just like the good old pre-pandemic days. Decisions came quickly, with the competition for the best works brisk, which is exactly what makes the Basel brand so strong.’ David Zwirner, Owner, David Zwirner (New York, London, Paris, Hong Kong)

‘The audience we saw at Art Basel this year was a great mix of collectors with dynamic, forward-thinking collections, prestigious institutions, and curious onlookers, and we were moved by their response to our presentation of Mire Lee’s work in the Statements section.’ Tina Kim, Founder, Tina Kim Gallery (New York)

‘It was such a pleasure to experience Basel during its usual season in three years. The recent boom of the Korean art market, attributed to the rise of younger generations of collectors, has led to an unprecedented level of interest in art from both clients and the general public. We hope that in coming years, Korean collectors continue to develop their presence in the global art market, for which Art Basel this year is a great start.’ Bo Young Song, Vice President, Kukje Gallery (Seoul, Busan)

‘This is our first participation in Art Basel. As a young gallery based in Dakar, it is a great achievement. This experience encourages us to come back and motivates us to persist in the discovery of young emerging artists from other horizons.’ Océane Harati, Founder and Director, OH Gallery (Dakar)

‘We were highly honored to be part of Art Basel for the first time. We experienced great attention from collectors and institutions with the project we showed. Above all, the fair's organization was excellent; it brought together a great audience and galleries from all over the world. We were thrilled to be there.’ Ricardo Gonzalez Ramos, Founder, Galería RGR (Mexico City)

We had a very successful week and are thrilled with the positive responses to our Unlimited presentation with Diedrick Brackens. What’s gratifying, too, is that every work in our booth – from our gallery artists and estates – was met with enthusiasm from institutional and private collectors. Art Basel continues to deliver the chance to have indepth conversations about our artists and strong sales across the board.’ Jack Shainman, Founder, Jack Shainman Gallery (New York)

‘Following the strong sales we had at Art Basel Hong Kong last month, our gallery has had another successful showing at Basel. We sold many works by our artists in the first few hours of the preview day. Collectors are coming not just from Europe but also from different parts of Asia this year. I am thrilled to be reconnected with old friends and make new acquaintances.’ Atsuko Ninawaga, Owner and Director, Take Ninagawa (Tokyo)


The show's main sector featured 234 of the world’s leading galleries. Mariane Ibrahim, with spaces in Chicago and Paris, joined the fair for the first time this year, while eight galleries previously exhibiting in Feature or Statements graduated into the main sector, showcasing the full range of their program: Balice Hertling from Paris; The Breeder from Athens; Ben Brown Fine Arts with spaces in Hong Kong, London, and Palm Beach; Jenkins Johnson Gallery with spaces in New York and San Francisco; JTT from New York; Galerie Max Meyer from Düsseldorf; Labor from Mexico City; and Vedovi Gallery from Brussels. For the full list of exhibitors in Galleries, please visit