Yesterday the Art Basel team, along with local government authorities, announced that the city of Buenos Aires will be the first partner city for the new Art Basel Cities initiative.
A press conference was held for journalists, artists, gallery owners and other professionals from the local art scene at the Usina del Arte, where Marc Spiegler, Art Basel’s Global Director and Patrick Foret, Art Basel’s Director of Business Initiatives along with Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, Mayor of Buenos Aires and Andrés Freire, Minister of Modernization, were in charge of making the announcement. Curated by Art Basel, the program’s aim, commencing in late 2017 and over the course of several years, is to develop events in the city that build lasting relationships between Buenos Aires and the international art world, spotlighting the city’s cultural scene for the international art world.
At yesterday’s conference, Patrick Foret commented, “We are delighted to be entering a partnership with Buenos Aires, and we cannot wait to work with the local institutions in the city.” He continued, “Through this partnership we want to celebrate what Buenos Aires has to offer and its even greater potential as an international cultural destination.”
Alec Oxenford, President of the Board of Directors for arteBA Fundación, a strategic ally of the proposal from the very start, expressed: “We are very pleased that Art Basel, the world’s most important platform in this specialty, should choose Buenos Aires as the first city for its new Art Basel Cities program.” He also stated, “arteBA is actively collaborating with this initiative, confident that it will be an excellent opportunity for exchange and sharing enriching experiences together that continue to contribute to developing and strengthening the local art scene and promoting its artists and their impact on an international level.”
Orly Benzacar, director of a gallery participating in Art Basel fairs and President of Meridiano, the Cámara Argentina de Galerías de Arte Contemporáneo (Argentinean Chamber of Contemporary Art Galleries) added, “Buenos Aires is one of the world’s most southern cities, where there is a great deal to discover. I am certain that the choice and quality the Buenos Aires’ art scene has to offer will come as a surprise.”
Launched in March 2016, Art Basel Cities expands Art Basel’s engagement in cities throughout the world. Going beyond the staging of art fairs, Art Basel Cities will develop high-profile cultural events with international resonance. In addition to curating unique art programs in Buenos Aires, this initiative will bring projects from the city to the Art Basel shows in Basel, Miami and Hong Kong, providing Buenos Aires with additional opportunities to engage with Art Basel’s international audience.
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