Art Basel 2022: major art fair in Switzerland shows support for Ukraine

Art Basel collaborates on cultural program with Basel institutions in support of Ukraine, donates more than 100,000 CHF to humanitarian aid organizations and supports Ukraine benefit concert by Pussy Riot

Art Basel 2022

During a press conference, the organisers of the world’s leading art fair, Art Basel, reiterated their support for Ukraine, announcing a total donation of CHF110,000 (€105,000). The money will be split between three humanitarian organisations helping victims of the war.

Art Basel opens in Switzerland today, Thursday June 16 2022. A new edition in a more favourable market climate after a two-year gap due to the pandemic. The artworks were curated by Björn Geldhof, the art centre director who used to be based in Kyiv and now lives in Belgium. The fair is now welcoming 11 large scale photographic works by Ukrainian artist Boris Mikhailov. Pictures displayed prominently across the facades and entrances of cultural institutions in Basel. (Including a 6×9 meter print on the side façade of Hall 5 on Messeplatz).

The photography exhibition in the city is designed as a long walk to explore the urban environment.

“In support of Ukraine, taking place throughout the city, and centred around Mikhailov’s photographic series called ‘Temptation of Death’, we’re proud to be collaborating on this project, the Liste art fair and the PinchukArtCentre”. Marc Spiegel, Art Basel global director.

Alongside the fair, a Pussy Riot‘s concert took place on June 14, a benefit event to show support for Ukraine.


All of Mikhailov’s artworks show two photographs next to each other, almost fused together. They explore the boundaries of forbidden images during Soviet times while showing optimism towards the rebirth of an independent Ukraine.

Art Basel will run until 19 June. Admission costs CHF 65 (€62), concessions are available.

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