Art Basel Announces Online Viewing Rooms for Participating Galleries
The second edition of Art Basel's Online Viewing Rooms will feature an international lineup of 279 leading galleries from 35 countries and territories. From June 19 to June 26, 2020, with preview days from June 17 to June 19, 2020, the second iteration of the Online Viewing Rooms will provide a platform to connect galleries with new and existing collectors worldwide during the COVID-19 crisis. Featuring premier galleries from Europe, North and South America, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa, the June edition promises an extensive overview of the diverse art scenes across the world. 10 galleries will be showing with Art Basel for the very first time: Lars Friedrich from Berlin; Emalin and Union Pacific from London; Bridget Donahue, Yancey Richardson Gallery, and Queer Thoughts from New York City; Loevenbruck from Paris; LambdaLambdaLambda from Pristina; Hosfelt Gallery from San Francisco; and René Schmitt from Westoverledingen. For the full gallery list, please visit artbasel.com/viewing-rooms. Like Art Basel’s physical fairs, the second iteration of the Online Viewing Rooms will be structured into sectors, each with a particular focus. Sectors include: Galleries, the main sector showing painting, sculpture, drawing, installation, photography, video, and editioned works of the highest quality; Edition, dedicated to prints and multiples; Feature, showcasing curated presentations of works by 20th- and 21st-century artists; and Statements, focusing on emerging voices. While no digital platform can replace the experience of seeing art in real life, Art Basel's Online Viewing Rooms will provide an additional opportunity to stay connected across continents at a time when international travel is nearly impossible. For that reason, a digital events program will accompany the upcoming edition of Online Viewing Rooms. Details on the overall program will be shared in the coming weeks. The Online Viewing Rooms will be available via the Art Basel website under artbasel.com/viewing-rooms and the Art Basel App.