Art Basel‘s stimulating program of Conversations & Salon talks allow audiences to deepen their knowledge of artistic practice, the international artworld, and the art market.
The daily Conversations series offers the audience access to the thinking of important artworld players –artists, curators, critics and collectors –who offer their unique perspectives on producing, collecting and exhibiting art.
Conversations & Salon is programmed by Mari Spirito.
Art Basel’s Conversations series begins with the Premiere Artist Talk, on Wednesday, June 15, with the artists AA Bronson and Alfredo Jaar discussing the state of art and politics in the context of the 1960’s. This year, Art Basel will launch a new series called Artist’s Artists, organized by Hans Ulrich Obrist, which will bring together emerging artists with more renowned artists who inspire them. The inaugural panel will be comprised of Jamian Juliano-Villani, Damon Zucconi, the artists collective JODI; and Brian Belott. The following day, there will be a panel on how the mass migration of refugees from North Africa and Western Asia to Europe poses a challenge of almost unprecedented magnitude to institutions of all kinds, including cultural institutions. This discussion will feature the artist Adrian Paci; Paul Hobson, Director, Modern Art Oxford, Oxford; Maya AlkatebChami, Director, Jusoor and Razan Nassreddine, Project Director of Multaka, Museum für Islamische Kunst, Berlin; moderated by the author and cultural consultant, András Szántó. On Friday, artist Alfredo Jaar will discuss culture in urban development with Jerry L. Garcia, Principal, Olson Kundig, Seattle and Ben Rogers, Director, Centre for London. On Sunday, Conversations will focus on the unique relationship between artists and their galleries, with Valentin Carron in conversation with Markus Rischgasser, Director, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, moderated by Alexie Glass-Kantor, Executive Director, Artspace, Sydney.