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Art Basel Miami

Tackling the long weekend of Contemporary Art and Design...

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Art Basel Miami

Tackling the finest in Contemporary Art and Design: December 1-4, 2016

Art Basel Miami is the largest and most prominent contemporary art show in the country if not the continent, and the epicenter of a series of events and fairs all revolving on what has now become the Miami Art Week.

On this first week of December, the art world converges in Miami... the world's top galleries, artists, collectors, curators and art and design enthusiasts from all corners of the globe make an appearance to showcase and relish on the latest in the world of contemporary art.

Art Basel Miami Beach Exhibition Hall

Art Basel Miami Beach opened for the first time in 2002 on the wings of the prestigious Art Basel in Switzerland providing a platform for the fledgling Latin American art scene and their emerging as well as established artists. Now on its 13th year, it has grown into quite a unique event spawning many other satellite fairs, outdoor exhibitions, private events, parties and grand openings.

Art, design, and fashion launchings are made to coincide with Art Basel week to capitalize on the momentum and the captive market. In the past we have seen the grand opening of the Perez Art Museum at its new gorgeous location in the bayfront during Art Basel week as well as the New York-based gallery Ralph Pucci International at the Wynwood Art District.

So where is this all taking place? With so much going on, how do you "do Art Basel"? You definitely need an attack plan, because a lot happens and it happens quick. Doing the Basel circuit comes down to your personal preferences.

The die-hard art enthusiasts will not want to miss the main exhibition at the Convention Center.

If strolling in a breezy courtyard, cocktail in hand and surrounded by inspiring pieces takes care of your art fix for the year then head to Aqua.

Interior design afficionados should gravitate towards Design Miami.

Street art lovers should check out the ever growing collection of outdoor murals and Banksy type creations at the Wynwood Art District and drop by Satellite, the alternative art fair scene.

Main Exhibition Hall at the Miami Convention Center

Art Basel's main exhibition hall is at the Miami Beach Convention Center. This is the "heart" of Art Basel with over 250 hand-picked galleries exhibiting their best. What do you find here? Everything art related: paintings, sculptures, photography, drawings, film, digital art.

The exhibition is split into sectors: Galleries, Nova, Positions, Edition, Kabinett, Public, Survey, Film and Magazines. For this year's exhibitors click here.

In addition, there is also an outdoor venue at Collins Park, a short walk from the Convention Center with a variety of public artworks.

When? Thursday through Sunday December 1 - 4, 2016:

Hours: Thursday - 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Friday and Saturday - noon to 8:00 pm
Sunday - noon to 6:00 pm

Where?: Main Exhibition Hall at Miami Beach Convention Center

How Much? Day Ticket online $50, $55 at the gate, Permanent Ticket (all 4 days) $105 onsite $115, Students and Seniors $34 (must apply) Combination Ticket for Art Basel and Design Miami $60 onsite $65.
Children 16 and under FREE when accompanied by an adult. Groups of 10 people or more $34 per person (must apply)

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The Satellite Fairs and Exhibitions, Official and Unofficial

Part of the "Art Basel Experience" is the series of official and unofficial events taking place at the same time which make up the "Miami Art Week"

Hotel lobbies along the Art Deco District transform into mini-galleries, and beyond the beach, a lot of the action will be at Miami's up-and-coming neighborhoods: the Miami Design District, Midtown and the Wynwood Arts District. In fact, this is probably the best time to check out these areas which are otherwise quieter during normal times of the year. During Art Basel they will be bustling with activity with large tents, temporary warehouses, make-shift galleries and stores popping up all around. The atmosphere here is quite different from the main venue, specially at Wynwood, reflecting on the very unique and spirited edginess of the alternative exhibitors.

Here are some of the most popular "satellite fairs" and events taking place this year during Basel Week. Check their locations in the map below.

And our ultimate favorite event for kids and families? The Orangutan Art for a Cause at Jungle Island!

Art Basel Map:Main Exhibition CenterMain Exhibition Art Basel Map: Art VideoArt Video Art Basel Map: Perez Art MuseumPerez Art Museum
Art Basel Map:Art MiamiArt Miami Art Basel Map: Design MiamiDesign Miami Art Basel Map: AquaAqua
Art Basel Map: NADANADA Art Fair Art Basel Map: PulsePulse Art Basel Map: ScopeScope
Art Basel Map: InkInk Miami Art Basel Map: SatelliteSatellite Art Basel Map: Jungle IslandOrangutan Art

View Art Basel Miami Venues in a larger map

View Art Basel Miami Venues in a larger map

Getting around the many venues is easy with the Miami Beach Art Week FREE Shuttle Service. There are two routes linking the Convention Center with locations from Miami Beach from 72nd Street to 10th Street and Mid-Town Miami. You can download the map here.

Art Basel and Art Miami Week VIP Tours

Art Basel Miami VIP Tour

These are small groups led by an art historian who will take you through "off-the-beaten path" exhibits and murals, tour also includes a stop for small bites and sparkling wines at a secret signature gallery.

These are 3-hour tours which of course is not enough to traverse the diversity of exhibits but your guide will provide a "plan of attack" with a map to all other Art Miami Week anchor fairs and art exhibits for you to visit at your leisure later on.

  • Convenient departures at 10:30 am or 3:00 pm
  • Provides access to several art tents, you can choose from four different packages
  • Departs from Shops at Midtown Miami (Parking here is convenient)
  • Cost: $125 per person

Art Miami

Art Miami is the longest-running art fair in Miami. Before Art Basel arrived on the scene, it used to take place every January but has since moved to December and continues to showcase the best in modern and contemporary art.

What?: Over 125 international art galleries exhibiting modern and contemporary art

Where?: The Art Miami Pavilion in Midtown, Wynwood Arts District, 3101 NE 1st Avenue, Miami, FL 33137
There is a free shuttle bus from the Art Miami Pavillion to the MB Convention Center

When?: November 29 - December 4, 2016

How much?: One day pass $40, Multi-Day $85, Students $15, Senior and Group rates available.

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Design Miami

Welcome to the world of interior design, furniture, lighting, art objects... The exhibition contains works by pioneering modernists to one-off and limited-edition pieces by cutting edge contemporary designers.

What?: Modern and Antique furniture and interior design fixtures

Where?: Meridian Avenue and 19th Street. Adjacent to the Miami Beach Convention Center

When?: November 30 - December 4, 2016

How much?: TBA, last year One day pass $25, Students and Seniors $20

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Aqua Art Miami

Aqua Art Miami

What?: 47 dynamic young galleries from North and South America, Europe and Asia exhibiting performance art, new media and solo installations in a wonderful setting at the Aqua Hotel in South Beach with spacious exhibition rooms opening onto a breezy intimate courtyard.

Where?: Aqua Hotel, 1530 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Free shuttle from the Convention Center

When?: November 30 - December 4, 2016

How much?: TBA, last year One Day Pass $15, Students and Seniors $10, Multi-Day, Group Aqua and Art Miami passes available

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Art Video

What?: An official Basel venue, grab a bean chair and relax al fresco while you enjoy one of the many screenings and film works on the magnificent 7,000-square-foot outdoor projection wall at the New World Center.

Where?: SoundScape Park at 400 17th Street, Miami Beach, FL 33139

When?: December 1 - 4, 2016

How much?: Free! Bring a lawn chair, blanket, snacks...

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What?: Focuses on contemporary works on paper by internationally renowned artists

Where?: Suites of Dorchester, 1850 Collins Avenue (19th St) Miami Beach, Florida 33139

When?: November 30 - December 4, 2016

How much?: Free!

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NADA: New Arts Dealers Alliance

What?: Showcases art from the world's youngest and strongest art galleries dealing with emerging Contemporary Art

Where?: Deauville Beach Resort at 6701 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33141

When?: December 1 - 4, 2016

How much?: TBA

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Pulse Miami

Art BAsel Pulse

What?: Pulse has shows in New York and Los Angeles and is known for offering more affordable and sometimes more accessible artwork than the mega anchor shows. Discover the next great painter, photographer or sculptor about to take the art world by storm!

Where?: Indian Beach Park, 4601 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach 33140, next to the Eden Roc Hotel and with direct access from the beach and boardwalk

When?: December 1 - 4, 2016

How much?: General Admission $25, students and seniors $15, Multiple Day and Group passes available.
Half-Off Discount tickets $25 $12.50 and Comp tickets available at Goldstar, you must be a Goldstar member but membership is FREE, just sign up, it's worth the savings!

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What?: With the crystal blue waters of the ocean as backdrop, the SCOPE Pavillion right at the beach will be the launching pad for emerging contemporary artists and galleries and music artists as well.

Where?: In the heart of South Beach, SCOPE Pavilion, 1000 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139

When?: November 29 - December 4, 2016

How much?: General Admission $35, Students $25

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What?: Satellite breaks away from the traditional fair model and this year it moves to South Beach at the heart of the action.

Satellite is an alternative art fair that presents new and exciting projects that span the gamut of art, music, performance, installation, new media and tech.

Where?: The Parisian Hotel (Next Door to Aqua) 1510 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

When?: December 1 - 4, 2016

How much?: FREE!

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Go Bananas for Art Basel at Orangutan Art For A Cause At Jungle Island

Orangutan Art For A Cause

What?: During Art Basel, Jungle Island invites the public to witness its art-loving orangutans, Peanut and Pumpkin, paint masterpieces on blank white canvases. The Orangutan Art for a Cause will be led by Orangutan Mama Linda Jacobs. The orangutans' art is of course for sale and proceeds will be contributed to Orangutan Outreach (

It just so happens the attraction's beloved orangutans, Peanut and Pumpkin, will turn 13 on December 2nd, during one of the most artistically charged weeks in Miami. For Peanut, every birthday is a miracle who has battled non-Hodgkin lymphoma since 2012.

So come and take part of this very special celebration!

Where?: Jungle Island at 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami, Florida 33132

When?: December 1 - 4, 2016 1:00 pm

How much?: Included with General Park Admission - Adults $39.95, Children (3-10) $32.95, Seniors $37.95. All prices plus tax. Parking $10.

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So there you have it! That's only a portion of what will be going on. There are still the gala parties, vernissages, concerts, private and invitation-only events...

There are many ways to enjoy this spectacular week that is Art Basel Miami Beach, and unless you are itching for some tremendous piece of art, it doesn't have to cost much. So come for the art, the fashion, the people watching... enjoy and get ready to do it again next year!

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