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The fair Art Basel has announced, through a communiqué, that the edition 2020 at its headquarters in Basel has been cancelled definitely. In a first time it was decided to delay the move from June to September . Specifically, from 17 to 20 September, with days of previous visit on 15 and 16 September. The decision was made in collaboration with gallerists, collectors, partners and external experts “with the objective of protecting the health and safety of our community and ensure that the fair is attended by the largest possible number of collectors, curators, and arts professionals”. The global director of Art Basel, Marc Spiegler , he was grateful for the support and understanding of the galleries.
According to the press release, “despite the fact that there are signs of hope as countries come out of the lock, the global situation remains precarious and, unfortunately, are too many uncertainties to go ahead with the fair. Among them, the health risk that represent the great meetings, the limitations on travel intercontinental, and the regulatory environment swiss little clear shows the size of Art Basel. Given these uncertainties, we believe that the best option with respect to the Basel fair is to focus on the editing of next year, and offer a fair of international quality that is exceptional in the world of art is waiting. The thoughts of Art Basel are with all those who have been affected all over the world. These are difficult times, and we wish him the best until we meet again”. The next edition of the Basel fair will take place 17 to June 20, 2021 .
last February, the organizers of the fair Art Basel Hong Kong announced the cancellation of the edition of 2020 as a result of the “severe outbreak of the new coronavirus and its expansion.” “We have No other option than to cancel the show,” he said then Bern Stadlwieser , ceo of MCH Group, the company that organizes the event. Stadlwieser admitted that the cancellation has been “an extremely difficult decision. We have studied all the other possible options, including the postponement of the fair, we listened to advice and forecasts of many gallery owners, partners and external experts”. The fair was to be held in Hong Kong from 17 to 21 march. One of the most prestigious art events in Asia, the fair usually attracts about 88,000 visitors from around the world. The next edition will be held from 25 to 27 march 2021 in Hong Kong.