Since the coronavirus pandemic began, art fairs have gone through several permutations, from online only to fully in person, along with several varieties of hybrids.
To many in the art world, the format and fate of Art Basel in Basel, Switzerland, the fair scheduled to take place from Friday to Sunday, is especially important, given that it is “the mother of all art fairs,” in the words of the London-based dealer Pilar Corrias.
“There are too many fairs around the world, and not all will survive,” Ms. Corrias said.
“But we need Basel.”The fair first took place in 1970 and now has editions in Miami Beach and Hong Kong.
More than 270 galleries are scheduled to show inside the Messe Basel exhibition hall — the first such gathering in Basel since 2019 — and, like the Hong Kong fair that took place in May, this one is actually a hybrid, with a concurrent online viewing room.
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