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Art Basel Launches New Initiative to Develop Cultural Events in Various Cities

Art Basel announced today that it will begin partnering with different cities around the world to help develop cultural events for its new project called Art Basel Cities. After Art Basel partners with a city, it will collaborate with people involved in the local art scene, evaluate the city’s infrastructure and available resources with the help of global advisory firm Creative Class Group, and create tailored arts programming. By working with each city, Art Basel aims to have a positive economic impact.

Since Art Basel’s Miami Beach edition was established fourteen years ago, the mayor of the city Philip Levine said that “Miami Beach and its neighboring cities have seen the number of galleries grow from six to over 130.”

Members of Art Basel Cities’ advisory board will include David Adjaye, Füsun Eczacıbaşı, Richard Florida, Jacques Herzog, Sam Keller, William Lim, Simon Mordant AM, Lars Nittve, Anne Pasternak, Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Dennis Scholl, Uli Sigg, and Michael Tay.

The program will select cities with an emerging or already established arts scene. It will also feature work created in each city in Art Basel’s shows.

“Art Basel has significant experience in staging premier art events,” Art Basel’s director of business initiatives, Patrick Foret, said. “We are excited to bring our expertise and network to new partner cities, and to work with them to amplify their commitment to arts and culture.”