Art Basel is an international contemporary art exhibition held each year in Basel, Switzerland. Like the Venice Biennale, it has been called "the Olympics of the art world". The first Art Basel was held in 1970.
The show is usually held in June. Since 2002, a sister show, Art Basel Miami Beach, has been held in Miami Beach, Florida each December, and along with adjoining fairs and associated events has eclipsed the original Art Basel in size, if not importance.