FORBES: Art Basel 2018 – The Highlights from Basel

There is never more buzz in the city of Basel than during the week of Art Basel. This four-day-long event welcomes the elite members of the art world in a celebration of imagination, creativity, and artistic talent. The show begins today, on June 14 as the halls of Messe Basel in Switzerland officially open their gates to the public for the 49th edition of Art Basel 2018, which culminates in the evening of June 17. However, prior to opening day, selected art collectors, VIPs and press get a first look at works of over 4000 artists showcased by 290 of the world’s leading art galleries.

Simon Lee London and Perrotin Paris, Booth M25 and M26

The two galleries, Simon Lee and Perrotin, collaborated to create a unique booth setup for Art Basel 2018. Simon Lee and Perrotin utilized their adjoining position at the fair and the special architecture of their booths to create a shared space over two floors dedicated to major works by French painter Bernard Frize.

Bernard Frize Exhibition at Perrotin and James Lee Both during Art Basel 2018, photographed by Claire Dorn

Galerie Gmurzynska, Zurich & New York, Booth G3

The innovative and leading international gallery, which has locations in Zurich, St. Moritz, New York, is a must-see at each Art Basel exhibition and is always considered one of the major booths to visit. Known for their innovative ideas and creative collaborations, this year’s gallery presents two specially curated cabin exhibitions: One is an homage to the pop-icon artist Robert Indiana (1928-2018), who became famous for his LOVE paintings and sculptures.

Gmurzynska’s Homage to Robert Indiana at Art Basel 2018

The second exhibition is all about works by the two 20th-century giants Roberto Matta and Marcel Duchamp. The exhibition also includes three major Picassos.

Galerie Gmurzynska Booth at Art Basel 2018 in Basel.

Helly Nahmad London, Booth H5

The London based gallery displays a wide array of works in order to encompass the movement and development of 20th Century Art.Works by Joan Miro, Pablo Picasso and Alexander Calder are shown in this photo.

Alexander Calder, Untitled, 1948 and Joan Miró, Personnage Oiseaux, 1976.

Fondation Beyeler, Booth H1

The main Fondation Beyeler stand at this year’s Art Basel is devoted to Pablo Picasso, the emblematic artist of the 20th-century. The selection of works on show concentrates on Picasso’s multifaceted image of woman, with three major paintings and a large bronze sculpture of the artist’s lover and muse Dora Maar.