Art Basel announces further details on its long-term collaboration with the City of Buenos Aires as part of the new Art Basel Cities initiative.
Supporting the city’s cultural ecosystem through artists, galleries, not-for-profit spaces and public institutions, Art Basel will promote the creative landscapes of the Argentinian city across its extensive network.
Art Basel has announced details of the first Art Basel Cities, a new initiative that expands its current remit from staging art fairs and working with established galleries in its three core sites (Basel, Miami, Hong Kong), to developing long-term, sustainable and supportive cultural programmes in specific locations around the world. The initiative will work with selected partner cities, creating site-specific projects that will contribute to the existing creative and cultural network of the city.
Its first iteration will be Art Basel Cities: Buenos Aires, which plans to provide structural support to the city’s local art community, where several initiatives will help facilitate collaborations, cultural projects, and strengthen the local art world. In September 2018, the initiative will launch a week of public programming across the city, directed by Cecilia Alemani. Cecilia Alemani is the chief curator of High Line Art, the public art programme which runs alongside the High Line in New York City. She is also the curator of the Italian Pavilion at the 2017 Venice Biennale, and has collaborated with many museums, institutions and foundations.
Alongside these developments, Art Basel Cities will also set up Art Basel Cities House in Buenos Aires, which will host a series of events in early November 2017. Local cultural and creative partners will be invited to take part in their talks, events and workshop series, and Art Basel will invite a roster of international art world professionals including collectors, curators and museum directors to discover the local art scene.
Furthermore, Art Basel and Buenos Airers have also introduced the Art Basel Cities Exchange, which will support the durational aspect of this partnership, supporting local art on a long-term basis. This programme will host international residencies around the world for Argentine creative professionals, from internships to curatorial residencies and mentoring programmes. The first will be introduced this November, as part of the Art Basel Cities House week, which will host an open call for an internship programme, placing artworld professionals from Buenos Aires in gallery positions around the world.
Art Basel’s crowdfunding platform will be activated to support various not-for-profit organisations in the city, to help realise projects including educational programmes, public installations and artist books. Alongside the Cities Exchange will be the setting up of Project Bureau, a digital platform which will assist with connecting art professionals around the world with Buenos Aires’ local art scene.
In support of this project, a newly formed advisory board, consisting of art world figures with strong ties to Buenos Aires, has been created. Members of the board include Pablo León de la Barra, Gustavo Bruzzone, Eduardo Costantini, Marlise and Anibal Jozami, Frances Reynolds, Adriana Rosenberg and Juan and Patricia Vergez, and from the government of the City of Buenos Aires Diego Radivoy, General Director of Creative Industries.
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