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“Die Art Basel ist nicht zu schlagen. Seit vierzig Jahren unaufhaltsam an der Spitze: Diese Messe wankt nicht.” (Art Basel cannot be beaten. Since forty years irresistibly on the top: this fair does not falter).

The ultimate rendezvous for art collectors, art dealers, artists, curators and other art enthusiasts, ‘Art Basel’ ended recently. The small city of Basel situated on the banks of Rhine is filled with a mesmerizing charm during the international art show.   61,000 people were present at the international premier art fair this year. It’s a great place to showcase and buy modern and contemporary art works.

Art Basel is a great platform that features almost 300 major galleries from North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa. Around 2,500 artists, with a diverse range of work are represented in the various sections of the show. Paintings, sculptures, drawings, installations, photographs, videos and editioned works of supreme stature adorn the exhibition every year.

Many artists fetched a handsome price for their works. Artists like Anish Kapoor, Martin Kippenberger, Neo Rauch, Barbara Kruger and even youngsters like Raqib Shaw got a price of around $1 million for their creations. Christoph Büchel’s “Wallet (Lost)”, a ready-made sculpture that had the artist’s wallet containing credit cards, identity documents and a few Swiss francs was sold by Hauser and Wirth for a whopping $76,346.

Something around $175,000 was what Jeffrey Deitch got for Kehinde Wiley’s “Lamentation over the Dead Christ” after selling it to Princess Gloria von Thurn und Taxis. The Princess intends to hang it next to the Old Masters at her palace in Regensburg.

Art Basel is not only an art market but a very popular swivel that blossoms because of the aura that it holds with the cocktail parties at the Beyeler Museum, dinner at Chez Donati and farewell at the Three Kings Hotel.

Everyone eagerly wants to take home something from this spellbinding fair and collectors urge each other to spend.

One of the major attractions of the Art Basel was a group show called “Il Tempo Del Postino”. The incredible exhibition was the master work of Hans Ulrich Obrist and Philippe Parreno. The splendid show was an awesome collection of a theatrical show by 20 artists, including Olafur Eliasson, Tino Sehgal and Anri Sala. The show indeed made everyone forget the jostle for prices.

The next edition of Art Basel will be from June 16-20, 2010.

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Written by Jaspreet Kaur

June 24, 2009 at 7:21 pm

Posted in Contemporary Art

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