Art Basel 2016 opens today

The 47th edition of Art Basel opens today its doors to collectors, curators and art lovers, in general. This year, the fair, that it’s assumed as one of the most important on the artistic sector, brings together 286 galleries, from 33 countries, in order to exhibit the work of over 4,000 artists.

The themes that have been more widespread in recent months had also served as influence and inspiration to many artists, with special focus on the refugee crisis and the ISIS attacks. In this edition, the curatorial team is composed by Gianni Jetzer, curator at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Samuel Leuenberger, independent curator and exhibitions coordinator at SALTS, Maxa Zoller, film curator and Marian Masone also film curator, teacher and writer.

Only last year, Art Basel reached $ 3.4 billion in sales, especially considering Martin Creed’s 2013 film, sold for $ 65,000 and a piece of $ 5.5 million by Christopher Wool.

“Work No. 2068” by Martin Creed

“Work No. 2068” by Martin Creed

“Untitled (SC5)” by Christopher Wool

Since 1970, Art Basel goal has been to connect the most prestigious galleries in the world and art collectors. The fair successful formula has been exported to other countries existing nowadays, and beyond the one in Switzerland, the  Hong Kong and the Miami Beach fairs.