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ArtBasel - ArtUnlimited Exterior Plaza Preview day. June14, 2011

The World > Europe > Switzerland > Baden-Wuerttemberg

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Art Basel is the world's biggest contemporary art fair, where leading dealers compete to seduce wealthy collectors with their most expensive pieces. Also called ArtBasel the "Art Olympics" and takes place every June in Basel, Switzerland with many other artfairs and museum exhibitions during the summer.

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Nearby images in Baden-Wuerttemberg

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A: Messeplatz

by Markus Lissner, 40 meters away

Messeplatz

B: Parkhaus Messe

by Markus Lissner, 70 meters away

Parkhaus Messe

C: Muba Basel

by Werner Getzmann, 80 meters away

Muba Basel

D: Baustelle Messe

by Markus Lissner, 140 meters away

Baustelle Messe

E: Messe, Sperrstrasse

by Markus Lissner, 320 meters away

Messe, Sperrstrasse

F: Basel Nacht am Rhein

by Markus Lissner, 790 meters away

Basel Nacht am Rhein

G: Spinello Projects at Scope Basel 2011

by Isaac Martinez, 800 meters away

Artist Typoe's work "Confetti Death" represented by the Spinello Gallery (Miami), is shown at the int...

Spinello Projects at Scope Basel 2011

H: Grossbasel with Münsterhügel

by Dieter Hofer, 810 meters away

Grossbasel with Münsterhügel

I: Spielplatz

by Markus Lissner, 830 meters away

Spielplatz

J: Mittlere Bruecke and Helvetia

by Dieter Hofer, 850 meters away

Die Mittlere Brücke, meist Mittlere Rheinbrücke genannt, ist der älteste noch existierende Rheinüberg...

Mittlere Bruecke and Helvetia

This panorama was taken in Baden-Wuerttemberg, Europe

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Text by Steve Smith.

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