Art Basel is held once a year in three cities around the world; Basel, Switzerland in June, Hong Kong in March and the largest of the three, Art Basel Miami, is hosted every year during Miami Art Week. From December 6th to the 9th, more than 260 galleries will showcase works by over 4,000 artists at the Miami Beach Convention Center.
The events attract over 70,000 artists, curators, collectors, dealers and art aficionados looking to see, buy, and sell works from both emerging artists and contemporary masters. For one week, Miami will transform into a bazaar of outdoor installations, festivals, keynotes and private parties at what has become the Fashion Week for the art world. To help you navigate the madness we’ve curated a guide of the hottest shows, events, talks and fairs you won't want to miss.
Starting Thursday December 6th, the Miami convention center will be divided into seven sectors which include: the Nova, featuring pieces fresh from the artist's studio, Positions, a platform for a single artist to present one major project, Edition, showcasing collaborations between leading publishers and renowned artists, Kabinett, where galleries present a curated exhibition by an artist of their choice and Survey, a presentation on historical projects. There’s also the Magazines sector and lastly the galleries. Art Basel also includes a series of artist talks and panel discussions so be sure to grab a schedule and book your tickets beforehand - It’s bound to be a very busy week.
Satellite Fairs and Private Collections
Miami Art Week hosts a number of smaller satellite art fairs which are worth checking out. A few notable ones include Design Miami, Art Miami, Pulse, Red Dot in Wynwood and Aqua Art Miami.
While in Miami we also recommend taking advantage of the opportunity to see some of the world’s most impressive private art collections which open their doors to the public for special exhibitions during Miami Art Week. Stop by the De la Cruz Collection, the Rubell Family Collection and The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse
Things to do
Basel House A 3-day mural festival in Wynwood complete with installations from around the world, vendors and music.
The Art of Banksy This highly anticipated tribute which features 80 original pieces from the British artist opens December 1st and runs until February 28.
Create & Cultivate Vision Summit: Keynote Venus Williams
A one-day summit of panels, workshops, food and cocktails with topics surrounding the digital space, entrepreneurship and life as a modern woman.
Faena Festival “This is Not America”
From the group responsible for the Faena Hotel and Faena Art comes an art festival featuring major new installations and performances that explore human identity and the transcendence of political borders.
Events & Parties
This invite only event hosted at Villa Casa Casuarina, formally known as the Versace Mansion, celebrates the close of the Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series arts competition. With celebrity host Kelly Rowland and a performance by Sofi Tukker, it’s most definitely worth finding your way onto the guest list.
An experiential 2-day popup featuring 30 interactive activations, clothing shops, VIP lounge and djs spinning tracks late into the evening.
BLNK CNVS Presents’ lineup for Art Basel week is exciting to say the least. Most notable is Kaskade at Soho studios on Saturday night.
If you’ve never seen ZHU live, there’s no better chance than at Wynwood during Art Basel. Grab your tickets asap - It’s gonna be a banger.
This notoriously exclusive NYC/Miami collaboration will be the late night destination for celebrities and high profile industry members.
In between the art fairs, dinners and late night concerts, you'll likely want to grab a drink and rub elbows with art lovers and collectors from around the world. Miami has a multitude of trendy lounges and hotel bars perfect for striking up conversations or just sitting back and taking in the people watching. These are some of our favorite spots: The Anderson, Employees Only, Basement at the Miami Beach Edition, Doheny Room at the Delano and Broken shaker.
Art Basel is one of the most exciting times of the year to be in Miami. The city is buzzing with people, art and culture from around the world so be sure to get involved. For a local's perspective on making the most of your time in Miami check out our otto Miami Guide.