The first edition of June Art Fair, debuting during Basel Art Week in 2019, was set inside a concrete bunker transformed into an exhibition space by Pritzker Prize winning architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron. Providing an alternative to a conventional art fair viewing experience, this new addition to the Basel Art Week calendar was distinguished by a highly selective, intergenerational group of participants presenting projects in an open format more akin to a meticulously curated, collaborative, public exhibition. Other notable attributes of the June Art Fair included its modest scale and convenient site located in close proximity to the Messeplatz and Art Basel.
Founded as an independent project by galleries VI, VII (Oslo) and Christian Andersen, (Copenhagen), June Art Fair is an initiative led by pioneering galleries working at the forefront of contemporary art. The event was conceived as as a platform to promote the work of emerging artists and to encourage rediscovery of more established but under-recognized figures.
Participants of the 2020 edition include:
VI, VII, Oslo
The Breeder, Athens
Christian Andersen, Copenhagen
Croy Nielsen, Vienna
Embajada, San Juan
Empty Gallery, Hong Kong
Green Art Gallery, Dubai
The Green Gallery, Milwaukee
Galerie Meyer Kainer, Vienna
Misako & Rosen, Tokyo
Neue Alte Brücke, Frankfurt
Stigter van Doesburg, Amsterdam
XYZ collective, Tokyo
‘We are super excited to be collaborating with ArtReview in supporting June Art Fair this summer. By hosting the fair on our digital platform we aim to increase the exposure and audience for the participating galleries. New digital endeavours are challenging the art landscape and redefining how we can all connect.’— Neil Wenman, Partner, Hauser & Wirth
‘We are very grateful to Hauser & Wirth and ArtReview for supporting June’s first digital initiative. The inaugural edition of June was a proposal for new models and continuing along that trajectory, we are thrilled to be able to experiment in finding ways to support artists in new and dynamic ways—this time online.’—Esperanza Rosales & Christian Andersen, cofounders, June Art Fair
‘It is an important time to stay flexible and nimble. As we expand our digital presence ArtReview is happy to support initiatives that bring artworks to new audiences, and that represent the art ecosystem on multiple levels.’— Carsten Recksik, Publisher, ArtReview
The second edition of June Art Fair will take place online from August 20-31.