Art Basel show in Switzerland cancelled over coronavirus worries

[BASEL] The Art Basel show, which was slated for September, has been called off amid worries about health risks and global travel restrictions.

The decision was made after talks with galleries, collectors, partners and experts, event organiser MCH Group said in a statement Saturday. Earlier this year, MCH postponed Art Basel, which was originally supposed to take place this month.

Art Basel joins dozens of other fairs and auctions that have been delayed or cancelled due to the coronavirus, including the Venice Biennale. The show in Basel, Switzerland drew 93,000 people last year.

"Our teams are now focusing on the digital offerings around Art Basel, as well as on the realisation of Art Basel in Miami Beach and Design Miami in December 2020," MCH Group chief executive officer Bernd Stadlwieser said.


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