Marc Spiegler and Patrick Foret of Swiss foundation Art Basel have announced a partnership with the city of Buenos Aires to host a number of cultural and art events to promote BA’s rich and diverse history. This is the first initiative of its kind in the region, with Art Basel hoping to launch similar working relationships with different cities in the future. The events will take place in the second half of 2017.
Patrick Foret, Art Basel’s Director of Business Initiatives, said “We are delighted to be entering a partnership with Buenos Aires, and we cannot wait to work with the local institutions in the city. Since announcing the launch of Art Basel Cities in March 2016, we have engaged in many conversations with great cities around the world. We are hugely excited to present Buenos Aires as our first City Partner and the only one in South America. Through this partnership we want to celebrate what Buenos Aires has to offer and its even greater potential as an international cultural destination.”
The Mayor of Buenos Aires, Horacio Rodríguez Larreta also said: “Art has been one of the historical pillars of the city of Buenos Aires, and that is why we proudly celebrate that one of the most important names in the art world, on an international level, has chosen to work with Buenos Aires as the first city to become part of its new Art Basel Cities initiative.”
Art Basel was founded in 1970 in Basel, Switzerland, and has since been launched in Miami and Hong Kong, but Buenos Aires will be the first in the “initiative of cities” to host cultural and art events to promote the city and to connect it to the global art season. The program will go beyond the establishment of fairs and galleries, using Art Basel’s extensive network to promote Buenos Aires.
“It’s a huge honor,” said Larreta. “We expect to be able to help (Art Basel) reach its goals with this program with our ties to art and culture here in Argentina.”
Foret also said: “Culture plays a very important role in the daily life of the inhabitants of Buenos Aires. It’s like an established part of the DNA of the City. There is a great inspirational energy and enthusiasm; it’s really going to inspire us in the future, and we are really pleased to work together in the months and years ahead.”