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Art Basel postpones 2020 edition over virus

Art Basel, the world’s biggest contemporary art fair, said Thursday it was postponing its 2020 edition, scheduled for June, to September due to the new coronavirus pandemic.

“The impact of the COVID-19 virus is far-ranging and dynamic, and this measure has been taken to protect the health and safety of Art Basel’s community and staff,” the organizers said in a statement.

The Hong Kong edition of the show, which had been scheduled for March, was also canceled.

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Postponed: Art Basel’s June edition will take place September 17-20, 2020 in Basel due to the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and to protect the health and safety of Art Basel’s community and staff. Read on for a message from Marc Spiegler, Art Basel’s Global Director. — ‘We thank our galleries for the support and understanding of our highly complex decision to postpone the fair,’ said Marc Spiegler, Art Basel’s Global Director. ‘We hope that the situation improves swiftly, and we will work closely with our exhibitors to deliver a successful fair in September. At the same time, we are aware of how dynamic this situation is and will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely. The health and safety of our exhibitors, partners, guests, and teams continues to be our main priority, and we will adapt all our planning to the developing situation.’ — We will continue to invest in and enhance our new digital platform – the Online Viewing Rooms – as a way to support galleries and strengthen the art community in these challenging times. Details of further digital and social media initiatives will be announced shortly. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #artbasel #artbasel2020 #artbaselOVR #staysafe #stayhome #flattenthecurve #artfromhome

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