A Weekend of Revelry at Art Basel Miami Beach

It’s time again for Art Basel in Miami Beach, an annual exhibition featuring modern and contemporary artwork from around the globe. Complementing the Art Basel fairs in Basel and Hong Kong, the Miami shows this December will include more than 250 gallery participants, each contributing their greatest paintings, sculptures, photographs and more. This leg of the fair draws crowds of more than 70,000 visitors from all over the world, each ready to experience the art world and all that Miami Beach has to offer.

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Shows

This year Art Basel will be featuring over 4,000 artists, each of whom contributes something different to the international collection.  The fair is set up in sectors that place similar works in categories such as editions, group exhibitions, thematic exhibits, film, and solo showcases. No matter the medium, there is a multitude of ways for visitors to enjoy the range of works on display. The schedule also includes a number of talks and panels as a platform for notable figures in the art world to discuss their knowledge with audiences. For guests who seek out the expertise of a guide, tours are also available to give context and provide deeper analyzation into the featured works. Even children have a space to call their own, with the Miami Children’s Museum providing crafts and activities for kids while parents visit the shows.

 

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Food & Drink

With Art Basel being the central event, Miami Art Week draws in plenty of visitors to wine and dine their way through the city. Pop-up bars and menu collaborations are popular attractions as restaurants and brands seek to impress guests of the exhibition. Normally known as the bar Bitter Truth, the Basel House pop-up will feature live hip hop, art, and cocktails. The new NYC cocktail bar Employees Only will host a pop-up at the Washington Park Hotel with curated cocktails, a DJ, and a fortuneteller to top it off. A “sneak eat” of NYC favorite Luke’s Lobster will be at Wynwood Arcade for those looking to get a preview of the new location opening in Miami’s Brickell City Centre.

 

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Parties

A world of travelers will be flocking to Miami to experience the art scene, but the city is prepared to party with both invite-only and public events for visitors to enjoy. Nightclub brand 1OAK, known for its locations in NYC, Vegas, and LA, will be taking over Miami’s Rockwell to bring in Art Basel guests from December 1st-3rd. The new ORA nightclub will also be hosting parties through the week, with Treats! Magazine and h.wood’s Blind Dragon collaborating for a pop-up on Saturday night. Madonna will be raising money for Malawi at a ticketed Benefit Auction at the Faena Forum, with James Corden to MC and Sean Penn, Chris Rock, and Ariana Grande making appearances. David Lynch’s Parisian pop-up club Silencio will be celebrating their fifth anniversary on Friday night with a live performance from rapper A$AP Rocky, artist Michele Lamy, and composer Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe. For guests who like to travel in style in between day parties, Uber is launching UberSEAPLANE, where free rides will be available for an aerial tour of Miami Beach, Wynwood, and Downtown.

 

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Those with Art Basel on their calendar are in for a weekend full of fun thanks to the number of attractions keeping visitors occupied during their stay in Miami Beach. 

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For more information on attending Art Basel or related events, contact concierge@zochagroup.com.

 

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