The founder and director of Basel’s Liste art fair will retire after two decades at the helm.
Peter Bläuer has served as director of Liste since starting the fair for young galleries in 1996. But on Wednesday, Liste announced that Bläuer will be stepping down from his position. The fair will also transition to a non-profit model, allowing it to continue running each year in its longtime home, a former brewery in Basel. In a release, Liste representatives said that the fair will maintain “strict standards of quality to support new international galleries and their as yet relatively unknown artists.” A six-member panel will convene to search for Bläuer’s replacement, which is expected to be announced in August, after the next edition of the fair opens June 11. A job listing said candidates should be “connected with the international art scene,” and “familiar with the mechanisms of the art market,” and that they must be a native German speaker who can also converse fluently in English.