Art Basel Artland Picks | Conversations

Art Basel knows how to put a compelling program together. With a series of conversations on topics concerning the global contemporary art scene, you can experience a platform for dynamic dialogues between prominent members of the international art world, each offering their unique perspective on producing, collecting, and exhibiting art. Get ready to mark your calendar – here are five talks not to miss.

Collector Talk | Private Collections Ascension
This panel investigates the different options for making art collections accessible to the public. What motivates patrons to open private foundations? What effect does it have if private, single patron spaces are perceived as ‘museums’? What are alternative approaches to opening private foundations in order to make collections publicly accessible?

Leon Amitai, Collector, Bogotá/New York, Maja Hoffmann, Art Patron, Founder LUMA Foundation, Zurich.

Moderator: Linda Yablonsky, Writer, and Columnist, Artforum, New York

  • Wed 14 Jun
  • 4pm – 5pm
  • Hall 1,  Auditorium, Messeplatz, Basel 4058, Switzerland

Collector Talk | My Journey as Collector
Wilhelm Schürmann will discuss his experiences as an art collector, photographer, curator and journalist with Susanne Titz, director of the Städtische Museum Abteiberg in Mönchengladbach, Germany. This talk will explore how Wilhelm Schürmann began collecting, his experiences building a renowned collection of contemporary art and his plans for the future.

Wilhelm Schürmann, Collector and Photographer, Herzogenrath, in conversation with Susanne Titz, Director, Städtisches Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach.

  • Wed 14 Jun
  • 6pm – 7pm
  • Hall 1,  Auditorium, Messeplatz, Basel 4058, Switzerland


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Public/ Private | New Rules: Is the Artworld a Mature Industry?
This talk addresses the rapidly changing business environment of art. Across the artworld, established but opaque ways of doing business are increasingly seen as a hindrance, not an advantage. Governments are eager to enact regulations, investment-minded collectors and analysts are pressing for greater transparency. Information is flowing more freely: It is no longer a question of whether data becomes available, but when, where, and on whose terms. The institutional sector is also under scrutiny, as funders demand accountability and clarity about the role of private interests. How will the artworld keep up with these developments? What can be done to modernize and professionalize the market without stifling its dynamism? What are the new rules of the art economy to follow?

Lindsay Pollock, former Editor-in-Chief, Art in America, New York; Olav Velthuis, Professor, Department of Sociology at University of Amsterdam, and President, TIAMSA, Amsterdam; Adam Sheffer, Partner, Cheim & Read, and President, Art Dealers Association of America, New York; Pierre Valentin, Partner, Constantine Cannon LLP, London; Bob Rennie, Collector, Vancouver.

Moderator: András Szántó, Author and Cultural Consultant, New York.

  • Thu 15 Jun
  • 10am – 11:30am
  • Hall 1, Auditorium, Messeplatz, Basel 4058, Switzerland


Art Market Talk | Bricks-and-Mortar & Acquisitions
This panel addresses the role of traditional galleries and the perceived shifting importance of physical spaces to the sales of art; both primary and secondary market. What is the effect of online sales, digital commerce and social media on private and public acquisitions? When dealers are constantly on the road to art fairs, how necessary is the home base in terms of actual acquisitions? In the age of the advisor, and an era where artists are becoming more interested in representing themselves, what is the role of the gallery and the dealer? Does having a ‘bricks-and-mortar’ space ensure collector confidence?

Anthony Reynolds, Founder and Director, Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London; Janice Guy, Co-Owner, former Murray Guy, New York.

Moderator: Josh Baer, Advisor and Publisher, Baer Faxt, New York.

  • Fri 16 Jun
  • 2pm – 3pm
  • Hall 1, Auditorium, Messeplatz, Basel 4058, Switzerland

Art Market Talk | The Social Media Art Market
This panel debates the issues of buying art on Instagram and other social media platforms. The digital realm is now established as a place to see and be informed about art. What effect is buying through this channel having on artists, dealers and collectors? Are collectors buying art unseen from artists and gallerists they do not know, and could this be leading to broader global collections? Is the digital world replacing the experience of seeing art in the physical space?

Amadeo Kraupa-Tuskany, Founder and Director, Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler, Berlin; Tobias Gombert, Collector, Basel.

Moderator: Astrid Mania, Professor, HFBK Hamburg, Hamburg/Berlin.

  • Sun 18 Jun
  • 3pm – 4pm
  • Hall 1, Auditorium, Messeplatz, Basel 4058, Switzerland


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