photo basel special projects & in situ

With strong personal and professional ties to the hosting city, photo basel is proud to be able to give back to this wonderful Swiss town. With our special projects and in situ initiatives, we would like to express our gratitude towards the region and local community, offering a photography-centered program that invites an even broader audience (free of charge) throughout the year.


in situ during photo basel 2019

During the fifth anniversary edition of photo basel art fair (June 2019), the home of private collector Dr. Felix Ackermann turns into a heaven for fine art photography aficionados.
This time, the i.collection (1987-2008) by Isabelle Mège makes a halt in Basel. Under the patronage of French Gallery, Baudoin Lebon (Paris) and La Chapelle de Clairefontaine , 60 prints will be shown at this Basel landmark.
The collection of Isabelle Mège is constituted of 110 photographs (60 are shown in Basel), where she stands both as a creator and a model. Isabelle started her project in 1986 at 20 years old, when she discovered the work of Sieff which was shown at the time at the Museum of Modern Art. From there it all started to take shape in her mind. She methodically documented herself, and visited countless exhibitions to find the right photographer to carry her newly born project as she envisioned it.
Isabelle Mège’s approach cannot be linked to a simply narcissistic endeavor. She presents herself in different aspects throughout the years and in each photographs, in different postures, without ornaments, to the utmost of her own intimacy. For almost 20 years Isabelle has been contacting photographs, sometimes rejecting some inadequate to her project, and sometimes getting politely declined by others. This will is the proof of the necessity to construct, to leave a mark, of what we see now as a performance. Her face, body, visage, silhouette, take on multiple facets in front of the camera of near to a 100 renowned photographers. The relationship that Isabelle Mège maintains with each photographer, is one of fascination, almost idolization in some respect as described in her diary, as if it were teenage romantic encounters: “He calls me, I am moved, surprised, ebriated”.

Vernissage: Thursday, June 6th from 18h-20h @ Heuberg 24 in 4051 basel (map)

opening hours: Monday - Friday (10-14.6) from 15h-19h
Saturday (15.6) from 11h-16h


past in situ initiatives

Under the patronage of photo basel and with the support of the Fabian & Claude Walter Galerie (Zürich) and Galerie Esther Woerdehoff (Paris), photo basel in situ will present two Swiss artists, Balthasar Burkhard and Karlheinz Weinberger, in exhibition at Heuberg 24, Raum für Kunst starting on October 18th, 2018.
Free public vernissage; Thursday, October 18th from 6pm-8pm
Guided tour with the gallerists on Saturday, October 20th from 3pm-4pm
Finissage: Saturday, October 27th, 2018
Location: Heuberg 24, Raum für Kunst, Heuberg 24, 4051 Basel (map)
more information here

press: Basellandschaftliche Zeitung & Baslerzeitung

past in situ initiatives

On Wednesday, June 13th, and Friday, June 15th (2018), from 2h30pm until 5pm, the artist Cynthia Fleischmann (*1987) will perform live at the Biergarten/Volkshaus.

In collaboration with °CLAIRbyKahn Gallery, photo basel in situ has the pleasure to present a special exhibition on the work of Erich Hartmann (1922-1999), a Magnum photographer renowned for his major photography projects such as In the Camps and Our Daily Bread, at heuberg24 in downtown Basel - open and free to the public on Friday,June 15th from 14h-16h and Saturday, June 16th from 10am-12pm.  

During photo basel week (2018), the eyewear store VIU turns into a pop-up gallery for the artist Joschi Herczeg (*1975) - represented by Galerie Monika Wertheimer. Open on weekdays from 10am-9pm.