In recent art world news, premier international art fair Art Basel opens later this week on Thursday, June 15, 2017 and runs through the entire weekend in Basel, Switzerland.  In this art collectors’ paradise, modern and contemporary art works will be showcased by nearly 300 galleries from 34 countries.  The world’s leading galleries will exhibit the works of over 4,000 artists and an intensive program of art talks will be offered each day.  Cultural institutions in Basel and the surrounding area will offer exhibitions and events during Art Basel 2017.

Art Basel’s conversations program will feature 23 talks by prominent art world authorities. According to Art Basel’s website, “[t]he series begins on Wednesday, June 14 with the Premiere Artist Talk devoted to Annette Messager and moderated by Dr. Maria Balshaw, Director of Tate, United Kingdom.  Among the other leading artists, gallerists, collectors, art historians, curators, museum directors and critics from across the world, speakers include artist Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster in dialogue with Kasper König, Artistic Director of Skulptur Projekte Münster 2017, and moderated by Hans Ulrich Obrist; artists Candice Breitz and Zanele Muholi who will discuss how young African artists can build recognition for their work; and artist Vadim Zkharov in conversation with Margarita Tupitsyn, Independent Scholar, Critic and Curator, who will present a political discussion on Russian Conceptualism.”

All conversations panels will be live streamed on Art Basel’s YouTube channel and on its website.

Art Basel is being held at Swiss exhibition site Messe Basel, featuring a hall designed by international architects Herzog & de Meuron of Basel.

Art collectors can get a preview of the art works that will be on display at Art Basel 2017 by accessing the online art catalog.