Art Basel launches the second edition of its online viewing rooms, and a total of 279 leading galleries from 35 countries and territories are taking part in this international virtual exhibition.
All through the Covid-19 crisis the art-world has been exploring innovative ways to keep the international community of artists, curators, and collectors connected. Moving viewing rooms online was an obvious first step, and Art Basel began this in earnest after Art Basel Hong Kong 2020, set to take place in March, was forced to cancel. When it was reformatted into a fully digital format, a total of 235 exhibitors were involved and this special limited-time online edition of Art Basel Hong Kong 2020 ended up showcasing more than 2,000 artworks (ranging in price from US$750 to US$3,000,000). This inaugural virtual version of this prestigious art fair was a leap of faith for both Art Basel organisers and exhibitors alike, but one that brought galleries, collectors, and creatives together during that period of lockdown and social distancing.
Now, the 2nd edition of Art Basel’s Online Viewing Rooms is here, due to launch on June 19th and continue until June 26th (with preview days from June 17th to June 19th). This new edition will feature an international lineup of 279 leading galleries from 35 countries and territories. These viewing rooms – featuring premier galleries from Europe, North and South America, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa – provide a platform to connect galleries with new and existing art collectors worldwide during this prolonged pandemic period. There will be 10 galleries showing for the very first time in this upcoming 2nd edition, so keep an eye out for 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, Lambda Lambda Lambda from Prishtina, Hosfelt Gallery from San Francisco, and René Schmitt from Westoverledingen.
Like Art Basel’s physical fairs, the second iteration of the Online Viewing Rooms will be structured into sectors, each with a particular focus. These sectors include: Galleries, featuring paintings, sculptures, drawings, installations, photography, videos, and limited edition works; Edition, where you’ll find dedicated to prints and multiples; Feature, showcasing curated presentations of works by 20th- and 21st-century artists; and Statements, focusing on emerging voices.
At a time when international travel is nearly impossible, Art Basel’s Online Viewing Rooms will provide an additional opportunity to stay connected across continents, and a digital events program will accompany this upcoming edition of Online Viewing Rooms. And while no digital platform can replace the experience of seeing art in real life, this comes pretty close to replicating the excitement of the Art Basel trade fair experience.
The Online Viewing Rooms will be available via the Art Basel App and the Art Basel website.