The fair saw a constant stream of impressive guests from all corners of the world, many returning during the course of the fair after the well-visited VOLTA Preview. Among the notable guests during opening day were New York collectors Susan and Michael Hort; Michael Alper from Chicago; Belgian collectors Alain Servais and Fr�d�ric de Goldschmidt; Amir Shariat from London; American collectors Maxine and Stuart Frankel, Martin Margolis, and Bob and Renee Drake; Gil Bronner, Steffen Hildebrandt, Paul K�se, Konstantin Wettig and Dr. Sigi Lorenz from Germany, as well as institutional attendance by Gijs van Tuyl (former Director Wolfsburger Kunstmuseum and Stedelijk Museum), Christoph Dahlhausen (Bonn, Germany), Marc Olivier Wahler (Director Palais de Tokyo), Helyn Goldenberg (Chairman Sotheby's Midwest, Chicago), Joe La Placa (Director All Visual Arts), and Lady Myners (Chair of ICA).
During the week, numerous top-level collectors continued to visit the fair, many even spotted for a second and third time. Some of this international crowd included Barbara Bluhm and Don Kaul, Ron Pizzutti, and Chris Valenta from the US; from New York, Sherry and Joel Mallin, Doreen and Gilbert Bassin, and Joel and Zoe Dictrow; the fashion designer Jil Sander; collector of African art Jean Pigozzi; Gil Bronner, Thomas P. Jochheim, and Frank Sippel from Germany; Alistair Hicks of the Deutsche Bank Collection; and Felicity Lunn and Steven McCoubrey of the UBS Collection. Exhibitors noted an especially high number of American, French, Dutch, and Belgian collectors - and several Turkish collectors were seen visiting the fair, including retail giant Mustafa Taviloglu.
International curators and art experts were out in full force with Britta Schmitz (Chief Curator Hamburger Bahnhof); curators Rita Alencar Pinto and Neda Young from New York; curator Gaia Simionati; Christoph Lichtin (Curator, Museum of Art Lucerne), Dutch curator Ardi Poels, and French curator Dominique Abensour. Institutional presences were made by Dan Cameron (former Director New Museum, founder and Artistic Director of US Biennial), Hanspeter Wipplinger (Director Kunsthalle Krems), Sjarel Ex (Director, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen), Lorand Hegyi (Director, Le Mus�e d'art moderne de Saint-Etienne), representatives of the Museum of Art & Urbanity Shanghai; Jacob Fabricius (Director Malm� Kunsthal), Gijs van Tuyl (former Director Wolfsburger Kunstmuseum and Stedelijk Museum), and Marc Olivier Wahler (Director Palais de Tokyo).
The Berlin-based HOMEBASE Project noted a successful week resulting in invitations to Prague, Geneva, and Barcelona, as well as winning three major sponsors for future projects. This year's VOLTA Edition by Carlos Aires, who was present at the fair for most of the week, was very popular and sold out by midweek. Special project Marc Fromm was visited by several high-profile guests including the economic consultant to the German Embassy in Bern, Olaf Iversen, as well as Ralph Stalder, Country Chairman of Shell Switzerland.
VOLTA7 was a benchmark in the international art fair's history, confirming its position in the Basel constellation after seven years of steadily presenting high quality work and attracting first-class patronage.
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