Art Basel Conversations
By staging public encounters between leading cultural figures, the morning Art Basel Conversations offer the audience of Art Basel Miami Beach access to first-hand information on important aspects of the international artworld. This year Art Basel Conversations will be located at Collins Park, between 21st and 22nd Streets, in the Oceanfront environment, created by Pae White in collaboration with the legendary public art organisation Creative Time.
Taking place since 2004 in both Basel and Miami Beach, Art Basel Conversations is a forum that encourages a lively exchange of ideas, through a series of platform discussions that can range from single artists exploring their practice to larger panels that include the leading players within regional scenes and fields of artistic activity. Presenting their current and upcoming projects, reporting on their experi- ences and commenting on the challenges they face, these speakers provide an insider’s view and open up the opportunity for dynamic and inspiring dialog.
After each Art Basel Conversation, there is time allotted for the audience to ap- proach the panel in a more informal fashion. The Art Basel Conversations forum promises to be intellectually exciting this year, as panelists include such renowned artists, collectors, curators, and critics as Ai Weiwei, Marc Mayer, Timothy Rub, Philippe Vergne, Osvaldo Sanchez, Lynn Zelevansky, César Cervantes, Jay Khalifeh, Juan Vergez and Patricia Pearson-Vergez, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Raphael Montañez Ortiz, Pedro Reyes, Peter Saville and Kate?ina Šedá. Panel topics include: “Museum Directors: Change in Generation”, “Art Collections in Latin America” and “The Future of the Museum: The Portable Museum”.
Art Basel Conversations Program
Thursday | December 3 | Premiere | Artist Talk | Ai Weiwei
The Art Basel Conversations premiere offers an intimate conversation with one of today‘s leading artists.
Ai Weiwei, Artist, Beijing
Moderator | Philip Tinari, Director, Office for Discourse Engineering, Beijing
Friday | December 4 | Public / Private | Change in Generation
This Art Basel Conversations panel brings together the next generation of museum and institutions directors to discuss their visions for the coming decades.
Marc Mayer, Director, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
Timothy Rub, The George D. Widener Director and Chief Executive Officer, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia
Osvaldo Sánchez, Director, Museum of Modern Art, Mexico City
Philippe Vergne, Director, Dia Art Foundation, New York
Lynn Zelevansky, The Henry J. Heinz II Director, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh
Moderator | András Szántó, author, consultant to arts and philanthropic organizations, New York