Director of Art Basel art fairs
MCH, the parent company of Spiegler’s Art Basel, might be scaling back on its financial commitments to other ventures, but it remains committed to the main attraction. While MCH has divested its stakes in art fairs in India and Singapore, the Art Basel brand continued to move beyond its core offerings – fairs in Basel, Hong Kong and Miami – by announcing a three-day event in partnership with Abu Dhabi. While details remain sketchy (as they did for Art Basel’s 2018 foray into Buenos Aires, in a consultancy detail it extended this year), ‘highly immersive’ installations are promised, open to the public. Spiegler was seen padding around the booths of Frieze London, shoring up gallery commitment to Art Basel Hong Kong amid the ongoing unrest. Meanwhile, this year’s Art Basel Miami will be the second of the brand’s events to roll out sliding exhibitor fees, a move pioneered last year in Basel to support the participation of smaller galleries.