Pascale Marthines “Plastic Tree”. Photo:

Art Basel 2015, the most prestigious art fair in the world, held in the Swiss city of Basel , boasts $3.4 billion worth of art for sale. And it’s selling fast.

The fair is open to the public from the 18 to the 21 June, but its preview (by invitation only) has already shown the mood: galleries and artists are raking in millions. “I haven’t had such a good day one in Basel in 10 years”, New York gallerist David Nolan told
From stars like Picasso or Giacometti to emerging artists from allover the world, the fair features an impressive range of works.

Doug Aitken’s work has fetched prices from five to six figures

New York based artist Doug Aitkens “Bad” installation. Photo:

So what can one see exactly at the fair? The structure is more or less the following: there is a section for emerging artists (often compared to established ones by being displayed together), a part for the already famous ones (trust me; you will recognize some – they are those one can see on posters, postcards and allover the internet), and a big warehouse where huge installations are shown. That’s the part one expects from such a famous contemporary art, and it does deliver. You will find hammocks you can rest on, soups you can actually eat , a huge sculpture of wheels, a colorful tree made by plastic bags, and a rotating man (the artist himself) working on his desk that perhaps is the most popular “living sculpture”, at least judging by the amount of public watching him, and wondering if he gets seasick.

Julius von Bismarck’s performance art : the artist sits on a chair and is constantly rotating on a huge disc: it’s the most popular installation.

Julius von Bismark has all eyes on. Photo:

Pascale Marthine’s “Plastic Tree” : trees festooned with plastic bags


Phone Art.

The most artistic selfie? It’s in front of works by Tobias Rehberger. Yes, many purists don’t even tolerate the idea of selfies in front of works of art, but German artist Tobias Rehberger has a different opinion and even designed some of his pieces for being clearly visible only through a mobile phone. Seen live, his works look like bathroom tiles on a big wall. Walk away and you start seeing something. Watch through the phone and the image appears.

One of the two wall pieces by Tobias Rehberger displayed in Basel, “1661-1919 from Nagasaki, Meiji, Setti”, this one at the Fondation Beyeler. Photo:
The same wall piece seen from close. Photo:

Tony Lewis installation “Never Argue With Police Officers, And Address Them As Officers”: catchy sentences and slogans are very popular.

Beware the Police Officer. Photo:

A visitor points at “Your Solar Nebular” by Olafur Eliasson– balls reflect your image upside down .

See yourself upside down when you approach the work – admire the solar nebula from far. Photo:

An Alberto Giacometti sculpture sold at auction for a record $140 million earlier this spring: different Works by Giacometti are on sale at Art Basel.

Giacometti: one of the big stars in Art Basel. Photo:

This article is based on “This Year’s Art Basel Fair Features $3.4 billion Worth of Art”, By BI