“Art Basel”

Marc Spiegler: Reflections

As Art Basel opens, we talk with the organization’s great Global Director, Marc Spiegler. He speaks very openly about his vision of his job, the Art Basel fairs, the market and its evolution, about art and the people making it. Marc Spiegler: the art market architect. Marc Spiegler, 48 years old, has always been a very fine analyst of the art market. He simply loves to understand it; and because we love that too, it is always a pleasure to speak with him.   How do you feel at the eve of your fair, a decade after taking on the job? I absolutely love the job and it’s tremendously rewarding, so it certainly doesn’t feel like ten years: it feels like yesterday. At the same time, this fair is my 26th with Art Basel. And if I look back, it feels like a lot has changed. Our organisation has certainly evolved enormously. When I started, we just had the Basel and Miami Beach fairs, we were solely coordinated from Basel, our digital presence was negligible… all we did was the two fairs. Ten years later, we’ve added an extremely strong fair in Asia, and built an extensive online presence – we now have an online catalogue with more than 20,000 artworks from past fairs, not to mention our very large reach on social media, with more than 2 million followers: eight times the 250,000 attendance across our three fairs. And the leadership structure shifted from being exclusively in Switzerland to spanning across three continents, with more than 80 staff making all that happen. When I started we were barely 20. At the same time, the business has changed greatly. The expectations for fairs continue to evolve. 10 years before I arrived, fairs were exclusively trading platforms. Now the international fairs are required to be events in the...

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Former co-director of Art Basel heads up Kunstmuseum in Basel

Annette Schönholzer has been hired to be administrative director of the Kunstmuseum in Basel as of January 2017. The New York-born Swiss woman worked for Art Basel between 2002 and 2014 as co-director of Art Basel and Art Basel Miami Beach, alongside fair director Marc Spiegler, before becoming an independent art and culture consultant two years ago. Annette Schönholzer succeeds director Stefan Charles, who announced in October that he was joining Radio Suisse and SRF television station as a journalist and head of...

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India Art Fair in New Delhi goes to Swiss group MCH

The MCH group, a private Swiss company to which Art Basel belongs, has bought a majority share of the India Art Fair in New Delhi. Acquired by this Swiss entity dedicated to international fair development, the India Art Fair, a yearly modern and contemporary art event founded by its director Neha Kirpal, is set to get a new burst of energy. The fair’s next edition is scheduled to take place in February 2017. MCH now holds 60.3 % of the fair, with British businessman Angus Montgomery holding 29.7%. Neha Kirpal, the director, hangs onto the remaining 10 % and will continue her role at the...

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Buenos Aires to host a new Art Basel initiative

Art Basel’s steering committee, having announced earlier this year, during its Hong Kong edition, the prospect of partnerships with other cities, has decided to launch a new fair in Buenos Aires at the end of 2017. Patrick Foret, one of Art Basel’s directors, is working on the project, namely with British architect David Adjaye, Swiss architect Jacques Herzog, a director of the Brooklyn Museum in New York, critic and curator Anne Pasternak and Chinese-art collector Uli...

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Clare McAndrew joins forces with Art Basel

On 13 June, Art Basel and UBS teamed up for the publication of a new yearly report on the art market, to be supervised by Clare McAndrew. The “Art Basel and UBS Global Art Market Report” will be offering an objective, independent study led by Dr Clare McAndrew and her research team from her Arts Economics agency. Based on the model of the TEFAF report, this study will be a reference work for understanding the global art market, covering the main macroeconomic trends with key figures on the market as a whole. The first Art Market Report will be published in March 2017 in parallel with Art Basel Hong Kong. According to an inside source, Clare McAndrew has apparently signed an exclusivity contract with Art Basel and will not be working with TEFAF in coming years. Marc Spiegler, global director of Art Basel, has declared: “We are delighted to continue our decades-long relationship with UBS through this partnership. Given Art Basel’s leadership in the international art market and UBS’s expertise in global economics, we feel we are the perfect partners to commission and present this comprehensive new art market report. We expect it to provide a thoughtful and thorough analysis of the global art market, and to quickly become the defining report for the art...

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