Art Basel Miami is back, and with it, Art Week—7 days in Magic City, in which art comes to life in exhibitions, displays, and more.

December in Miami is heavenly: great climate, a warm sea breeze, the most beautiful sunsets you can imagine, and so on. But, the first days of the month are all about art. Until Sunday, it’s  Miami Art Week: seven days in which the whole world is focused on Miami.

Miami was chosen in 2002 as the home of Art Basel, which has become a top destination for art lovers. Gallery owners, collectors, and artists gather in the city to strike up conversations, firm up collaborations, acquire new pieces, and discover the industry’s emerging talents. As the fame of Miami Art Week has grown, fashion, luxury and beauty brands have started to participate in different ways like events, lunches, collaborations, fashion shows, exhibits, and parties. They have rapidly transformed what was once a niche gathering into a mega event that attracts thousands of artists, celebrities, designers, and international jet setters.

At the event, some of the world’s most famous people enjoy art while sipping on champagne and dancing to the best DJs. Imagine taking Paris Fashion Week, Studio 54, and the Louvre Museum, and mixing them all up. That’s Art Basel Miami or, to be precise, Miami Art Week. These days, the spotlight is not only the Art Basel fair but the events held at different galleries, plus the Design Miami Fair and the other events that take place in the city.

So that you can enjoy Miami Art Week to the fullest, I have created a list of exhibitions that you should go to see. Each of these recommendations explores the greatness of nature and its relationship to humans–how we interact with our environment and its impact on our senses.

55 Sunrises

Anthony Vaccarello curated the exhibition 55 Sunrises, which showcases the work of artist Sho Shibuya. In a gallery located on a beautiful beach in Miami, you’ll be able to view 53 works of art from the Japanese artist’s “Sunrise” series and two new works created to commemorate the 55th anniversary of the first Rive Gauche ready-to-wear boutique of Saint Laurent in Paris. The works of art alone are magnificent, but what transforms this exhibit into pure magic is its location in the middle of the beach, which creates an extra special moment a sunset.

Location: Beachfront 17th Street, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Five Echoes

The Parisian fashion brand Chanel is celebrating 100 years of its legendary No. 5 perfume. Within the framework of Art Basel Miami, the brand commissioned the British artist Es Devlin to translate the mythical scent into a multisensory work. The result is a sensory experience based in the essence of what the Nº5 perfume represents. It’s an enigmatic journey that begins in a forest that recalls the landscape of the Abbey of Aubazine from Gabrielle’s childhood in the floral notes of perfume. This exhibit invites us to discover the fragrance in a unique way synonymous with style and elegance.

Location: 3801 NE 1st Ave, Miami, FL 33137

Tiffany Yellow

What started as an April’s Fool joke played by the New York jewelry firm has turned into an incredible retail experience for consumers. The Tiffany Yellow installation was first shown on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills and is now coming to the Miami Design District. The boutique will feature a display of beautiful yellow diamonds, including the legendary 128.54-carat Tiffany diamond. From furniture to flowers, for 6 days everything inside the Tiffany & Co. boutique will turn canary yellow. This is an incredible experience for today’s consumer as it mixes the worlds of retail and ephemeral art.

Location: 114 NE 39th St, Miami, FL 33137

Kompa

Kompa is made up of ten pieces of furniture by Peter Mabeo and his design studio as part of the collaboration with Fendi. The collection features metal, wood, and clay created with different artisanal techniques from various regions of Botswana. This exhibition pays tribute to the country’s craftsmanship, fabrics, embroidery, goldsmithing, and carpentry. Mabeo interprets the Fendi logo in pieces such as the “Efo” stool or the “Maduo” chair. We can see the parallels between Mabeo and Fendi in their way of thinking about the functionality of objects– always respecting raw materials and the creation process.

Location: 1901 Convention Center Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139

The Dance of Light and Water

Choreographer and artist Wen-Chi Su engages in a conversation between light and water as part of her performance The Dance of Light and Water. Presented by La Prairie during Art Basel Miami, this piece seeks to translate the intangible concept of beauty in the physical language of dance. This performance conveys the luminosity, purity, and perfection that characterizes La Prairie—the enchanting landscapes of Switzerland come through in every gesture. It’s ethereal vision of pure beauty, in which perfection is easy to achieve and within reach.

Location: Beachfront between 21st & 22nd Street, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Art Basel

Art Basel is of the most important fairs in North America, in which the greatest classical, modern, contemporary, and emerging artists come together. This year’s fair will feature work from 253 galleries from around the world, providing a wide range of diverse points of view. This event is a must for any art collector looking for a new masterpiece and also for art lovers who admire work by artists Louise Bourgeois, Rebecca Manson, Luis Gispert, Tunji Adeniyi-Jones, Leonora Carrington, and Pablo Picasso, among others.

Location: 1901 Convention Center Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139

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