SCOPEBasel June 3-8 2008

Basel – SCOPE, the cutting-edge contemporary art fair, returns for the second year to Basel in a new venue, a 60,000 square foot glass pavilion situated on the Rhine.

Within walking distance of Art Basel 39, SCOPE will present its most international fair yet, showcasing 85 galleries from all over the world.

SCOPE Basel 2008 exhibitors, special events, and curatorial programs amplify the fair’s signal achievement: introducing artists, curators, and cutting-edge galleries to new audiences internationally, making it the most comprehensive destination for emerging art available anywhere.

With SCOPE Basel 2008, the fair solidifies its position as a leading presenter in the global art world. Currently with fairs in New York, London, Miami, Basel, and the Hamptons, SCOPE is expanding into Spain, China, and the United Arab Emirates, where a cultural world’s fair of art, music, and film has been commissioned.

SCOPE’s latest achievements are complimented by long-term, world-class, exhibition venue commitments. For SCOPE Basel 08, an undeniable tipping point has brought Volta and Balelatina into its orbit, creating a fully-serviced “art district on the Rhine.”

SCOPE New York 2008 was held at the culturally iconic Lincoln Center and SCOPE London has proudly made the hallowed Lord’s Cricket Ground its new home.

SCOPE is the brainchild of Alexis Hubshman, who drew upon his experience as an artist and gallerist to start SCOPE in 2002 in a New York hotel.

As the first art fair to bring emerging galleries Peres Projects, Daniel Reich, John Connelly Presents, Taxter & Spengemann and Marella to a wider audience, SCOPE has given many now-prominent emerging artists like Assume Astro Vivid Focus, Scissor Sisters and Black Label their first significant international exposure.

The fair has evolved from an industry niche to an influential global contributor, with ongoing events, educational programs, and the SCOPE Foundation 501(c) 3. With total sales of nearly $100 million, over 250,000 visitors, and wide media attention, SCOPE has helped build a flourishing collector base in the contemporary
art market.

At SCOPE Basel 2008, the new pavilion significantly upgrades the exhibition venue, and is serviced by shuttle, water taxi, and pedicab. This year’s edition of the fair builds on SCOPE’s tradition of one-person and thematic group shows, and museum-quality programming to create a real-time international survey of emerging art.


Materialisation III, 2007
Vincent Kriste

SCOPE is dedicated to supporting local artists in each city it exhibits. SCOPE Basel 2008 will feature the emerging Swiss curator Reto Thüring presenting four Swiss artists,Valentina Pini, Guadalupe Ruiz, Marc Elsener, and Vincent Kriste. SCOPE president Alexis Hubshman introduces Invisible Heroes, four emerging Swiss artists:
Admir Jahic, Pawel Ferus, Comenius Roethlisberger and Smash137.

SCOPE Basel 2008 reflects global reach of cutting-edge contemporary art fair.

Events Schedule
First View
Tuesday June 3 1pm–8pm
Press and all art fair and SCOPE VIP cardholders preview the fair & the premier of Special Programs.
Press Lunch begins at 2pm.

Opening night party
Wednesday June 4 9pm–late
SCOPE and modart invite all for a night of celebration at Das Schiff Westquaistrasse 19–Hafen.

Collector Lecture Series and Receptions
Wednesday–Friday June 4–6

Collector Lounge
Sip and Think, Sports Lounge, Every day, all day.

New Location
Uferstrasse 80
CH-4057 Basel

Exhibitors Open
Tuesday June 3 1pm–8pm
Wednesday June 4 10am–8pm
Thursday June 5 10am–8pm
Friday June 6 10am–8pm
Saturday June 7 10am–8pm
Sunday June 8 10am–6pm

source: press release scopebasel

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