By Daniela Ortega, Contributing Reporter
MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA – Art Basel takes over Miami and its beaches from December 6th to December 9th. The fair, who originated in Basel, Switzerland, has its main exhibition, the official Art Basel exhibition, at the Miami Beach Convention Center, and tickets are approximately $50 per day.
But Art Basel, is so much more than an exhibition, it is practically an art movement in the city. Its main purpose is to bring thousands of art galleries, collectors, art lovers, etc, from all over the world together… And so it does.
Miami Beach, for a week, becomes home for many art exhibitions, parties to celebrate art and its creators, and a celebration of life and color all around.
Almost every hotel, and every renowned local at the beach will host some sort of party celebrating an artist. Event though the art exposed at the actual Art Basel tent is mostly paintings, sculptures, and photography, (all in their most groundbreaking forms) the art displayed all over town is endless.
From DJs, light installations, even culinary art, and graffiti. The possibilities are truly endless during Art Basel week.
Be ready to expect a lot of traffic and commotion. Taking Übers or Lyfts, or even renting a bike probably a better option of transportation, is highly encouraged to not deal with the insane amount of traffic and the insanely high parking rates. Valet parking rates of $10 can sky rocket to almost $60.
If you plan to visit the Art Basel tent itself, or any other gallery plan ahead of time. Wherever you want to go on the beach that week, you must call in advance and check if there is any event going on, if you can purchase tickets at the door, etc.
Do not leave any plans for last minute during Art Basel week, because events are taking place all around the city and it will be packed with art-loving tourists and locals.
To complement the grandeur of the Art Basel tent, many art fairs have also joined the movement that same week. For instance, RED DOT, ART MIAMI, and SPECTRUM, place their tents yearly around Midtown Miami, Wynwood and the Design District.
Even though these tents are much more smaller, they are still very popular. This area of Miami gets many visitors as well, and it has many parties and events going on as well. So it is also worth a planned visit as part of the whole Art Basel experience.
It is truly one of the most remarkable times of the year to be in Miami Beach and Miami. A unique experience that put Miami in the map as a Cosmopolitan city and center for culture.
The performances, art, and even the people that join the city this week are all quite avant-garde and unique. Plan accordingly and enjoy.