LISTE - Art Fair Basel is the international fair for new discoveries in contemporary art. Every year since 1996, a younger generation of galleries exhibits artists who are outstanding representatives of the latest developments and tendencies in contemporary art. For gallerists, participating at LISTE is an opportunity to network globally and present their programme to major professionals and art lovers that gather in Basel during the most important week on the international art calendar. For the visitors, it means experiencing first-hand international artistic positions that are not only focused on the present but are also creating it – with new aesthetics, media and values.
Under the premise of promoting young art, the LISTE committee selects annually around 75–80 galleries from over 30 countries. Providing galleries from developing regions a significant presence is just as important as introducing 15-20 galleries for the first time each year. Many of the most important contemporary art gallerists in the world today have laid a foundation for their current success at LISTE.
LISTE’s unique setting in a former brewery and home to the Werkraum Warteck pp since the 1990s accomodates the idea of discovery with spaces distributed over five floors, branching corridors and hidden corners. Each room is different, making it easy to lose oneself, only to then encounter art that is spellbinding, perplexing or simply pleasing.