Post Press Release

June 18th, 2013



Basel, Switzerland: Beginning with its Platinum Preview event on June 10th, SCOPE Basel 2013 attracted over 16,000 visitors over the course of 6 days. Its first year in a pioneering Klybeckquai location, SCOPE transformed the industrial riverfront as the first art initiative in an area slated for extensive development by the City of Basel. Presenting a range of outdoor projects from Venice Biennale artists past and present that made for a dynamic juxtaposition against the gritty backdrop, called SCOPE’s new location “hip”, while the Basler Zeitung touted that because of SCOPE’s “young, innovative contemporary art... an industrial fallow can glitter."

Extending its vernissage to encompass two days, SCOPE Basel welcomed an overwhelming number of high-profile visitors, celebrating brisk sales to both private and public collections. Hans Alf Gallery placed three works by sculptor Maria Rubinke to the Swiss Re Collection, also placing several works by painter Rene Holm, Frank Fischer, and Anders Scrmn Meisner into private collections.

With many important European Museums in attendance, galleries were able to place numerous works into prestigious collections. Breeder Program participant and SCOPE newcomer L’ Inlassable Galerie from Paris, placed a work with the Vitra Museum in Basel, saying, “We met really great collectors and sold very nicely- but the best part is we met some really great curators.

Also in attendance were curators from the Kunsthalle Emden, Pinocotheca Brazil, Kunsthalle Bregenz and The Centraal Museum in Utrecht, Holland, who acquired several work by Royal Prize-winning collaborative V & B, from Galerie Jaap Sleper, who also reported works by Sebastiaan Schlicher to a well-known champagne-maker from Paris. Also reporting strong museum interest, A|B|C ontemporary sold a work to the Museum on the Seam in Israel.

Galeria Ghetta reported over 80,000 euro in sales and an Aron Demetz sculpture placed with the Art Center Museum in Belgium, while Tinca Art claims, “The fair is fantastic, our first piece sold to a museum,” having placed a work by Greg Haberny with the Middlebury College Museum, along with two additional commissions for Haberny from private collectors.

Eli Klein Fine Art
sold over $170,000 worth of photographs from Chinese artist Liu Bolin to various private collections, while Galerie Swanstrom sold multiple works by Tom Deininger and Anne Lilly, totaling over 75,000 CHF. Similarly, LICHT FELD sold over 50,000 euro of Marck’s video sculptures to collections in Luxembourg, Lyon and Houston, Texas.

AUREUS Contemporary explains, “I really feel like SCOPE Basel encapsulated the energy from Miami in this little corner of the Rhine River. I think it is fantastic.AUREUS also reported multiple sales to private collections from Jeremy Dean, Karim Hamid, Claire Shegog and William Immer, for a total of 85,000 euro.

Our first time in Basel and we almost sold out,” says Thinkspace, having sold over $109,000 of work from painters Audrey Kawasaki and Esao Andrews. Also reporting strong sales were Galerie Mark Hachem, Modernbook, Villa del Arte, Magpi Projects, Wunderkammern, Oltre Dimore, Wanrooij Gallery, and Frans Jacobs Fine Art, who says, “I enjoy being at SCOPE- it’s very open and very positive."

C. Emerson Fine Arts sold 15 works by Richard Herzog, Jason Snyder, and Clayton Chandler while Breeder Program alumnus Standing Pine Gallery sold 6 major works by Kenji Sugiyami, saying, “The clients who bought our artworks were clients that SCOPE brought to us."

The subject of much praise, SCOPE Basel’s focus on Middle East galleries was touted as a highlight in The Neue Züricher Zeitung, along with an image from the AB Gallery + LAM Art booth gracing the cover of ARTINFO’s Daily Paper. This collaborative booth sold works by multiple artists including Tanya Boukal, Christian Triebsch, and Samira Hodaei, for over 70,000 euro. Also mentioned as a must-see in ARTINFO, a 6-piece sculptural installation by artist Michael Janssen with The Flat- Massimo Carasi, which sold the very morning the story ran, for 29,000 euro.

Amidst the success of SCOPE Basel 2013, there is tremendous buzz surrounding SCOPE’s new location for Miami this December. We are delighted to introduce SCOPE Miami Beach 2013, situated on Ocean Drive at 10th Street, in the most visible location in all of Miami. For further information and to download an Exhibitor or Breeder Program Prospectus, please visit or contact [email protected].

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