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Basel Ancient Art Fair (BAAF) November 8 - 13, 2013
November 5, 2013  | 

First held in autumn 2004, the Basel Ancient Art Fair is now celebrating its 10th year. Focused on the art of  ancient cultures of the Mediterranean, BAAF is the world's most important fair for ancient arts rapidly becoming the leading globel event in the field.

Collectors from around the world, as well as curators of major museums, such as the Antikenmuseum Basel und Sammlung Ludwig, the Metropolitan Museum (New York), and the State Museum of Egyptian Art (Munich), have been among the visitors and buyers at the BAAF for many years. One can expect these and many others this year, as 17 exhibitors from Europe, the US and Switzerland present a wide range of ancient art in the Reithalle Wenkenhof in Riehen near Basel.

The internationally recognised specialists present outstanding objects from classical antiquity, the ancient Egyptians and the ancient civilizations of the Near East. BAAF is therefore seen as a major event for art lovers, collectors, museum experts and interior designers. The objects on display are sold at prices ranging from under a thousand to over one million Swiss francs.

IADAA Membership
All BAAF exhibitors are members of the International Association of Dealers in Ancient Art (IADAA). Over the past decade, the membership of this association has been a confidence builder for BAAF’s visitors, as the IADAA guarantees compliance with strict guidelines regarding the authenticity and provenance of the items offered for sale. Furthermore, the introduction of the Cultural Property Transfer Act (CPTA) in June 2005 has had a positive effect on Switzerland as a location for the art trade, making it even more secure and more attractive. The BAAF is thus the ideal event for buying antiques.

Partners & Sponsors
In addition to the interesting range of objects on offer, the BAAF also offers expert-led tours in collaboration with gcc gmbh Culture Consulting. The traditional Geneva-based private bank (established in 1819) is the esteemed sponsor of the 10th BAAF and sponsors the daily guided tours.

The prestigious Grand Hotel Les Trois Rois, located in the centre of Basel amidst the picturesque old town on the banks of the Rhine, has been a partner of the BAAF for many years and provides a rich range of special offers for art-loving guests during the fair. This year, the 5-star superior hotel offers a further cultural experience: On the occasion of the BAAF anniversary, the Brasserie team spoils guests with exceptional menus, which follow original recipes from Roman antiquity.

The partner museums of the BAAF are Antikenmuseum Basel und Sammlung Ludwig, Skulpturhalle Basel des Antikenmuseums, and the Fondation Beyeler; these round off the fair and grant BAAF’s visitors free or reduced admission to their permanent shows and featured exhibitions, which are well worth seeing. At the Antikenmuseum Basel und Sammlung Ludwig: “How to be a Man. The stronger sex in Antiquity“  Skulpturhalle Basel presents plaster casts of antique sculptures and addresses the topic: “How to be a Man.  Athletes and competition throughout antiquity”. The Fondation Beyeler, an internationally renowned private museum of modern and contemporary art, will show the “Calder Gallery” and “Thomas Schütte” exhibits.

Visit the BAAF with a Museum Pass 
In return, museum visitors will receive free admission to the BAAF with their museum ticket. The BAAF is working once again with the Museums-Pass-Musées and the Swiss Museum Pass in order to allow those interested in culture to visit the fair for free and thus gain an insight into the fascinating world of antiquity.

For further information:

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