The International Fair of Arts and Rare Books is the world’s largest and most prestigious art and rare book fair. Held annually in Basel, Switzerland, the fair attracts over 500 dealers from more than 40 countries. Each year, the fair showcases a wide variety of artworks and rare books, ranging from Antiquities to Modern and Contemporary works.
The fair is a great opportunity for collectors, dealers, and scholars to view and purchase a wide range of artworks and rare books. It also provides an opportunity for the general public to learn about the history of art and rare books. The fair is open to the public from 9 am to 5 pm each day. Admission is free for children under 16 years of age.
What can I see at the International Fair of Arts and Rare Books?
The fair features a wide variety of artworks and rare books, ranging from Antiquities to Modern and Contemporary works. A selection of the dealers who will be exhibiting at the fair include:
- Altea Gallery (London, UK)
- Antiquariaat Forum (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
- Arcana: Books on the Arts (Los Angeles, CA, USA)
- Bertram Rota Ltd (London, UK)
- Chez Tanguy (Paris, France)
- David Brass Rare Books (New York, NY, USA)
- Librairie les YeuxFertiles (Paris, France)
- PBA Galleries (San Francisco, CA, USA)
- Shapero Rare Books (London, UK)
- Wilde & Woolly Bears (York, UK)
In addition to the wide variety of artworks and rare books on display, the fair also features several lectures and events. Lectures are given by leading experts in the field of art and rare books and cover a range of topics. Events at the fair include book signings, meet-the-author sessions, and panel discussions.
Authors who will be appearing at the fair include:
- Anne Rice, author of The Vampire Chronicles
- Bret Easton Ellis, author of American Psycho
- Salman Rushdie, author of Midnight’s Children
- Donna Tartt, author of The Goldfinch
Why should everyone read books and study arts?
In this era, we need to be well-rounded individuals to succeed. The arts and literature broaden our horizons, exposing us to new cultures and different ways of thinking. They also teach us empathy, understanding that there are other points of view out there besides our own. Reading books and studying the arts also help to improve our communication skills, both written and verbal. And lastly, the arts and literature are just plain enjoyable! They provide us with a welcome respite from the grind of everyday life.
So make sure to visit the International Fair of Arts and Rare Books this year – you won’t regret it!