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Miami Beach Hosts The World’s Largest Art Fair – Art Basel – Again

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Race Horse by Iliyan Ivanov for Fridge Art Fair 2015 (Photo Credit: Fridge Art Fair) (PRNewsFoto/Miami Beach Visitor and Convent)

It’s that time of year again when artists, actors, fashionistas, models, millionaires and billionaires descend on Miami Beach for Art Basel, the largest Art Fair in the world.

While thousands will visit the main Fair at the Miami Beach Convention Center, smaller Satellite Fairs draw hundreds of visitors throughout the weeklong span of art activities. The Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority-sponsored Art Fair, SCOPE features 125 international exhibitors from 22 countries and 57 cities. The MBVCA is also sponsoring the UNTITLED. Art Fair.

“Miami Beach has hosted Art Basel since 2001 and its organizers keep returning to our city because it has everything an Art Fair the size and scope of Art Basel could ever want or need,” says Peggy Benua, Chair, Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority (MBVCA).

Grisette Roque, Executive Director of the MBVCA, says Art Basel Miami Beach is itself a reflection of the city, “Sophisticated, global, unpredictable, creative, colorful, full of life and energy; the Fair and the city are indelibly intertwined. Art Basel and Art Week are transformative events that take this city to a different level; we are always excited when they arrive.”

Visiting for Art Basel and Art Week?

This is one of the most exciting times of year to visit Miami Beach. Follow our guide to discover where to stay, what to eat and what to see all week long.

WHERE TO STAY

The Confidante Miami Beach: As an official partner of this year’s Art Basel, this Art Deco gem will be offering preferential rates during the week. The Confidante remains one of Miami Beach’s best kept secrets with its all-night eateries, beach front cabanas and rooftop spas.

The Betsy Hotel: This upscale boutique hotel is home to one of Art Basel’s premiere events: The Fridge Art Fair. The Betsey is the only Forbes 4-Star and AAA Four Diamond boutique hotel on Miami Beach.

Sagamore, The Art Hotel:  The Sagamore is well known for its Art Basel Sunday brunch, attended by celebrities, influencers and artists. The hotel’s central South Beach location and relatively affordable room rates make it a central location for navigating Art Basel.

The Delano: One of Miami Beach’s most popular hotels, the Delano has been trendy since the day it opened. From their trend-setting pop up night clubs to their well-known restaurants and bars, this property is the place to be during Art Basel.

ART FAIRS

North Beach
Located from 63rd St to 87th street, this northern stretch of white sand and charming architecture, is known for being serene and chill. With dozens of bustling neighborhood restaurants and stores, North Beach will feature several Art Fairs this year.

Miami Project:  Returning for its fifth consecutive edition, Miami Project will house dozens of world-class art exhibitions When: Dec. 1 – 4, 2016
Where: 6625 Indian Creek Drive on Miami Beach
Tickets: $20 one-day pass; $35 multi-day pass

NADA Art Fair Miami Beach: The New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) is the definitive non-profit arts organization dedicated to the cultivation, support, and advancement of new voices in contemporary art.
When: Dec. 1 – 4, 2016
Where: Deauville Beach Resort, 6701 Collins Avenue on Miami Beach
Tickets: $20 single day; $40 run of show

Mid-Beach
Located from 30th to 63rd St, this strip of paradise includes a famous elevated boardwalk perfect for strolling, skating, and jogging.

Pulse Miami Beach: Pulse is known for the discovery of emerging to mid-career artists.
When: Dec. 1 – 4, 2016
Where: Indian Beach Park, 4601 Collins Avenue on Miami Beach
Tickets: $25 one-day pass; $40 multi-day pass

X Contemporary: is recognized for bringing untold stories in modern, contemporary, and global art movements to an international art audience.
When: Nov. 30 – Dec. 4, 2016
Where: Nobu Hotel, 4525 Collins Avenue on Miami Beach
Tickets: $20 one-day pass

South Beach
Attracting not only the rich and famous but hundreds of thousands of tourists each year, South Beach is today a quintessential reference point in American Pop culture. Known for its beaches, Art Deco architecture, restaurants, luxury hotels, nightlife and sexy beaches, many Art Fairs make this portion of the city home during Art Basel.

Scope Miami Beach: The 16th edition of SCOPE Miami Beach returns to the sands of Ocean Drive and 8th Street. Featuring 125 International Exhibitors from 22 countries and 57 cities, SCOPE Miami Beach expects to welcome over 50,000 visitors over the course of 6 days.
When: Nov. 29 – Dec. 4, 2016
Where: Scope Pavilion, 801 Ocean Drive on Miami BeachTickets: $35 general admission; $100 VIP
Ink Miami Art Fair: Come see Contemporary Art at its finest with exhibitions presented by the renowned International Fine Print Dealers Association.
When: Nov. 30 – Dec. 4, 2016
Where: Suites of Dorchester, 1850 Collins Avenue on Miami Beach
Tickets: Admission is free

Satellite: Making an anticipated return, the Satellite Art Fair is known for its renowned EXPERIENTIAL exhibitions and a lively music and performance art program.
When: Dec. 1 – 4, 2016
Where: The Parisian, 1510 Collins Avenue on Miami Beach
Tickets: $10

 

 

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