Words: Emma Pham
In response to the COVID-19 crisis, Art Basel has announced a second edition of its Online Viewing Rooms to replace the physical Basel fair in June. It features an international line-up of 279 galleries from 35 countries and territories, mostly in the Northern Hemisphere. No Australian or New Zealand galleries will be taking part.
June marks an Art Basel debut for 10 international galleries: Lars Friedrich from Berlin, Emalin and Union Pacific from London; Bridget Donahue, Yancey Richardson Gallery, and Queer Thoughts from New York City; Loevenbruck from Paris; LambdaLambdaLambda from Prishtina; Hosfelt Gallery from San Francisco; and René Schmitt from Westoverledingen.
The full gallery list can be viewed on the Art Basel website here.
While no virtual realm can ever substitute the palpable experience of seeing art in the flesh, Art Basel’s Online Viewing Rooms seeks to keep the international art world connected at a time where global travel has been rendered almost impossible. A digital events program will accompany the June edition of Online Viewing Rooms, with details on the program to be shared in the coming weeks.
The physical 2020 edition of Art Basel is currently slated to take place from September 17 to September 20, 2020, with Preview Days on September 15 and September 16.
The Online Viewing Rooms will be available via the Art Basel website under the Art Basel App and will run from 19 June to 26 June 2020, with preview days from June 17 to June 19.
Image: Art Basel 2019