Art Basel Miami Beach: the most striking cultural event on the city’s social calendar. A bacchanal of VIP parties, dinners, events, openings and art.
It’s one of the most exciting weeks in Miami: Art Basel, the largest international contemporary art fair in North America, in which 250 galleries from 36 countries participate to exhibit works by 4,000 artists. After the lockdowns of the pandemic, Art Basel is back at the Miami Beach Convention Center from December 2 to 4.
The original Art Basel fair was founded in 1970 in Basel, Switzerland. The creators of the event were three Swiss gallery owners: Ernst Beyeler, Trudi Bruckner, and Balz Hilt–visionaries who had the idea of bringing together the artists they represented and inviting collectors, curators, and critics from all over the world. This first event was a great success, gathering more than 16,000 people.
After gaining notoriety in the art world, the brand expanded with another art fair in Miami. This destination was chosen thanks to its enviable location right between North and South America. Since its inception in 2002, Art Basel Miami Beach brings more than 80,000 visitors–from art dealers to artists to collectors to hobbyists–to the event. Over the years, Miami has become an artistic destination with a wide cultural offering provided by galleries, museums, and one of the best street art scenes in the world. A third spin-off of Art Basel was launched in Hong Kong in 2012. This is also a key location–a place that unites Eastern and Western culture.
The city’s top art museums also take advantage of the frenzy to launch their most impressive exhibits of the year during Miami Art Week. Don’t miss the Pérez Art Museum, designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architects Herzog and de Meuron. The museum’s exhibitions for this Art Week include “Allied with Power: African and African Diaspora Art from the Jorge M. Pérez Collection.” Did I mention the stunning views of Biscayne Bay? Other top museums are the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami, Wolfsonian-FIU, the Patricia and Phillip Frost-FIU Museum of Art, and the Lowe Art Museum at the University of Miami, all of which will have special exhibitions this December.
As if this weren’t enough, Miami is also home to impressive private art collections, including The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse and the De la Cruz Collection, as well as Jorge Pérez’s El Espacio 23 and the Rubell Museum, both located in the neighborhood of Allapattah. Miami Art Week has more than 20 satellite fairs, proving a well-rounded experience of art, events and parties to celebrate the end of the year in a spectacular way. This week makes Miami the place to be, whether South Beach, Midtown, Wynwood, Downtown, or the Design District