At Art Basel, Art Flourishes Outside and In

What’s more charming than a European town square in summer? The concept calls to mind fountains, gardens and cafe dining.

The Messeplatz in Basel, Switzerland, is a bit more utilitarian than that. It’s a small paved area sometimes used as a fairground, but it serves one of the core purposes of a town square: providing a gathering place, especially during the city’s most famous event, Art Basel.

The 49th edition of what is perhaps the world’s most prestigious art fair runs from Thursday to Sunday in the Messe Basel exhibition hall. Art Basel, which also produces fairs in Miami Beach and Hong Kong, will bring together about 290 galleries from 35 countries. Read More via NYTimes.

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