From 7 to 10 December, the international art scene will once again look to Miami Beach, where Art Basel will open its doors for the 16th time. The first Art Basel in Miami Beach had just a little more than a handful of exhibiting galleries, but this year there are far in excess of 200 galleries from 32 countries represented there. Leading galleries from North and Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa will show works in the Miami Beach Convention Center from more than 4,000 established artists and the new generation of emerging stars, including paintings, installations, photographs, sculptures, video, film and digital art.
While 6 and 7 December will see invited guests and VIPs convene at Art Basel in Miami Beach and add to the glamorous flair of the art fair, from Thursday to Sunday all those interested in art can wander through the halls and get an overview of the current developments in the art scene.
Renowned galleries from all over the world at the art fair
Miami Beach Convention Center is just a few hundred metres from the beach, and has housed Art Basel in Miami Beach since the first show in 2002. The trade fair halls have been undergoing major refurbishment for more than a year. Although the work is not yet finished, this year’s trade fair will be presented in an entirely new exhibition floor plan designed by Tom Postma Design. The new features include an exhibition space that is more than 10% bigger than before, more flexible booth floor plans, wider aisles and more comfortable lounge and dining areas.
Taking place for the 16th time, Art Basel has established itself in Miami Beach as North and South America’s premier art fair. The trade fair had more than 77,000 visitors in the prior year alone, including influential private collectors and representatives from the leading art museums and institutions. This year’s exhibitors include major galleries with such international repute as Gagosian, Hauser & Wirth, White Cube, David Zwirner and Thaddaeus Ropac. Twenty of the total of 268 participating galleries are represented at the trade fair for the first time in 2017.
Kabinett – Curated spaces at the galleries’ booths
At the art fair, galleries will once again have the opportunity to show small, curated special exhibitions at separate booth areas. A total of 24 thematic exhibitions of this type will be on show in 2017. The programme encompasses group exhibitions, art-historical showcases and solo shows for established artists and rising stars. For the first time, this year more than half of the new talents promoted in this way are women.
Art in the park and outdoor film screenings
Anyone who needs time out from the busy nature of the trade fair itself can retreat outside for an enjoyable stroll through sophisticated modern art. Large-scale sculptures and installations, films and performances will also be shown in Collins Park, which is located close to the Convention Center. The open-air exhibition is entitled “Public” and will be shown in cooperation with the Bass Museum of Art and curated by Philipp Kaiser, an independent curator and art critic from Switzerland.
Those who prefer moving images should head for SoundScape Park. A dynamic programme of films on artistic works will be shown on a 7,000-square-foot projection wall of the Frank O. Gehry-designed New World Center. The programme for the “Film” space was organised in associated with David Gryn, Director of Daata Editions and Artprojx-Gryn in London. Further films will also be shown in the Miami Beach Convention Center and the Colony Theatre.
Further exhibitions in Miami Beach and surroundings
It is also worthwhile visiting museums and private collections in the south of Florida, because many institutions will host their own special exhibitions to coincide with the trade fair. For example, Miami Beach’s museum for contemporary art, The Bass, will show several large individual exhibitions with artists like Pascale Marthine Tayou, Ugo Rondinone and Mika Rottenberg. While Art Basel is taking place in Miami Beach, the Institute of Contemporary Art will be opening its new building in the heart of the Miami Design District with the exhibition “The Everywhere Studio”, which traces the development of the art atelier from the post-war era to the present and shows works by renowned artists such as Roy Lichtenstein, Bruce Nauman and Yves Klein.
Red Dot Design App: Tips for visiting Miami Beach
Further information on the programme for the art fair, tickets, travel and the show itself is available from the homepage of Art Basel in Miami Beach. For visitors to Art Basel in Miami Beach, we have also put together some tips for hotels, restaurants, bars and tourist sights in our contribution Miami Beach – Designers’ Hotspots. Once you are there, you can also use the Red Dot Map, which is part of the free Red Dot Design App, to get your bearings quickly and easily. Red Dot Maps shows you all of the nearby design-related locations, accommodation, restaurants, shops and showrooms – regardless of where you happen to be at the time.
Posted on 13.10.2017