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"Art 34 Basel: High Quality Art at Modest Prices"
2003-06-18 until 2003-06-23
Art 34 Basel
Basel, , CH Switzerland

From June 18 to 23, 2003, Art 34 Basel takes place in Basel (Switzerland). The renown of Art Basel as the world’s most important fair for contemporary art and the classics of the 20th century is based on the high quality and unique variety of the exhibited works. The exhibits range from works by young and yet-to-be-discovered artists, selling for a few thousand euros, to rare museum-quality masterpieces with price tags in the millions. A survey conducted by the Show Management revealed that 27% of the works shown by the galleries at Basel cost under 5,000 euros. This demonstrates clearly that the range of high-quality works of art at affordable prices has an important status at Art Basel, and that Art Basel also confirms its position as a highly attractive marketplace for art-lovers with smaller budgets.

Art Basel is the world’s largest and most important marketplace for contemporary art and the classics of the 20th century. Here, every current form of artistic expression can be seen and purchased. The repertoire stretches from paintings, drawings, original prints, sculptures and installations, through to photography and performance, video and digital art. Visitors can expect a broad range of high-quality exhibits in every price category – from works by young, yet-to-be-discovered artists costing a few thousand euros through to rare museum-quality masterpieces by classic artists of the 20th century with price tags in the millions.

A survey conducted by the Show Management last year among all the participating galleries revealed that 27% of all the works they show in Basel cost under 5,000 euros. At this year’s Art Basel, too, art-lovers with smaller budgets can rejoice at the rich selection of high-quality art at affordable prices. Among them are not only the works offered by the 19 leading publishers of original prints, who are showing prints or multiples by young artists in the «Art Edition» sector, but also works from any of the 270 galleries from every continent, who are showing contemporary art and classics of the 20th century. What’s more, no other art show in the world has such a broad range of works of art in the middle price segment as Art Basel.

Louis Soutter
Filles sages du créuscule
Courtesy Galerie Haas & Fuchs, Berlin
Art Basel

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