Art Basel 2018: Meet the Gallerists

Art Basel 2018 show brings the international art world together, with 290 of the world’s leading galleries showing the works of over 4,000 artists. A full program of artworld talks takes place each day. Exhibitions and events are also offered by cultural institutions in Basel and the surrounding area, creating an exciting, region-wide art week.

Art Basel is pleased to announce the list of art galleries participating in 2018 edition of the show in Basel, Switzerland. This year, 290 premier galleries, drawn from 35 countries will present Modern and contemporary works by around 4,000 artists. Art Basel takes place at Messe Basel from June 14 to June 17, 2018, bringing together gallerists, artists, collectors, curators, museum directors, and critics from across the globe.

mor charpentier

We want to promote art that is part of the zeitgeist – Philippe Charpentier, co-founder of mor charpentier
Parisian gallerists Alex Mor and Philippe Charpentier have a clear vision. From the start, their program has championed art tackling political and social issues, a focus that they call the DNA of the gallery. At Art Basel, mor charpentier will be exhibiting a video installation by Lawrence Abu Hamdan in the Statements sector. The British-Lebanese artist mostly works with the politics of sound. For this project, he has focused on the Golan Heights, and the way families communicate across the Syrian-Israeli border.

Jan Kaps

‘What is fascinating about art? It’s probably like being in love. Is it possible to describe that feeling in your stomach?’Jan Kaps, founder and owner, Jan Kaps 
Over the last five years, Jan Kaps has established one of the Rhineland’s most exciting contemporary art spaces. For his first participation in Art Basel, Kaps will present pink marble sculptures by British-French artist duo Daniel Dewar & Grégory Gicquel in the Statements sector. The monumental artworks, using body parts as bathroom accessories, are characteristic of the gallery’s signature blend of incisive conceptualism and subtle sensuousness.

Galerie Max Mayer

‘A gallery should always translate between local and international discourses.’ – Max Mayer, Director of Galerie Max Mayer

Düsseldorf boasts several world-class museums and was home to Joseph Beuys and Gerhard Richter. For the 2018 Basel edition of Art Basel, the gallery will be showing three works by the Belgian artist Jef Geys, from his contribution to the influential 1986, Jan Hoet-curated exhibition ‘Chambres d’Amis’, in the Features section.


Casas Riegner

‘I’m looking for innovation, a new language.’—Catalina Casas, Director of Casas Riegner

In 2004, Catalina Casas shuttered her Miami gallery to relocate to her home country, Colombia. Casas Riegner opened in Bogotá in 2005 with a specific mission: to promote contemporary Colombian art. For its first participation in the Galleries sector of Art Basel in Basel, Casas Riegner will present ‘TIMELINE’, a display combining works by Colombian art pioneers Beatriz González, José Antonio Suárez Londoño, Rosemberg Sandoval, and Antonio Caro, and younger artists Leyla Cárdenas, Bernardo Ortiz, and Mateo López. Starting with works from the 1970s to the present day, ‘TIMELINE’ will both capture the gallery’s core project and function as a guide to the recent history of Colombia’s contemporary art.

White Space Beijing

‘Beijing is like a friend with a very bad attitude, but he’s so funny and interesting, you just love him.’ —Zhang Di, Managing Director of White Space Beijing

White Space Beijing invites artists to engage with their vast space in the heart of the Caochangdi Art District. The gallery has been conceived as a place for experimentation. With a strong focus on non-traditional media, it collaborates with artists at all stages of their career. White Space Beijing will debut at Art Basel in Basel with a solo presentation by Christine Sun Kim in the Statements sector. Informed by her experience as a deaf person, the Berlin-based artist unpacks the relationship between visual, written, and spoken languages in a body of work combining performance, drawing, and installation.


‘Lisbon is a European capital: it has everything to offer you, but in a slower way.’—Matteo Consonni, owner and director of Madragoa

Madragoa opened in 2016 in one of Lisbon’s celebrated historic neighborhoods, from which it borrows its name. At Art Basel’s 2018 show in Basel, Madragoa will present a monumental frieze composed of hand-hammered brass panels by Rodrigo Hernández. In this short video portrait, gallerist Consonni discusses Madragoa’s singular artistic position and the rise of Lisbon as Europe’s new contemporary art hub.

Bergamin & Gomide

‘São Paulo is the sort of city in which anything can happen. And for art and culture, it’s the place to be.’—Antonia Bergamin, Co-Director of Bergamin & Gomide
Nestled in the Jardins district of São Paulo, Bergamin & Gomide has built its reputation exhibiting Brazil’s Modernist giants such as Lygia Pape and Hélio Oiticica. At Art Basel’s 2018 show in Basel, Bergamin & Gomide will present a historical display, gathering key pieces by Brazilian modernists Lygia Clark, Mira Schendel, Sérgio Camargo, and Alfredo Volpi. In this exclusive interview, Bergamin & Gomide explain the secret of their partnership.
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