The Secret Miami Guide To Making The Most Of Art Basel 2021

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The Secret Miami Guide To Making The Most Of Art Basel 2021
Happy Art Week Miami! Art Basel is returning to the shores of Miami again this year in what’s set to be the biggest event of the season. Set to return for its first in-person fair since 2019, Art Basel Miami Beach has become one of the biggest art events of the year in the Magic City and the country.
This year, Art Basel Miami Beach is kicking off on Tuesday, November 30, with special VIP and media previews and will feature tons of digital art and NFT exhibits, dozens of public art installations, and plenty of more stunning artworks!  We’ve put together this quick guide to Art Basel Miami Beach answering everyone’s most pressing questions about the arts fair and helping you make the most of Art Week in Miami!

What is Art Basel Miami Beach?

Art Basel is a world-renowned art show that holds three major fairs across the world — Basel, Hong Kong, and Miami Beach — each year. Art Basel Miami Beach, which was first held in 2002, focuses on contemporary art and each year it features hundreds of galleries from across the world putting them in front of the art world’s most famous curators, museums and collectors. Throughout the year’s Art Basel Miami Beach has grown in popularity giving rise to Miami’s Art Week that features tons of satellite exhibits, parties and all other kinds of artistic events.

When is Art Basel Miami Beach?

This year, Art Basel Miami Beach is starting one day early and will be taking place from Tuesday, November 30, through to Saturday, December 4. Here are the public opening hours for Art Basel’s main show floor:

  • Thursday, December 2, 2021, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Friday, December 3, 2021, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 4, 2021, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Where is Art Basel Miami Beach?

Art Basel Miami Beach will be taking place at the state-of-the-art Miami Beach Convention Center.

Photo courtesy of Art Basel Miami Beach.

How do I get into Art Basel Miami Beach?

Tickets are required to go into Art Basel’s main showroom and can only be purchased online through the fair’s website (Note: tickets will not be available for purchase on-site).  General Admission Day Tickets are $65 per person ($50 for seniors and students) and $50 per person for evening tickets.  This year, Miami Beach residents will also be able to get discounted day tickets for $50.

Other satellite events and parties may require purchasing separate tickets or RSVPing prior to your attendance.

For everyone’s health and safety, this year, access to Art Basel Miami Beach will require all visitors 12 or older to present proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test in order to get access to the halls; masks will also be mandatory while inside the halls; all visitors will be required to complete a self-reported symptom screening prior to entering.

What to see in Art Basel Miami Beach

There are tons of things to see in Art Basel Miami Beach and its surroundings. The main fair is comprised of five sections including Galleries which showcases works from leading galleries; Edition featuring edition pieces; Nova that displays works created in the last three years; Positions that’s dedicated to emerging artists and Survey, a section showcasing works created before the year 200. The fair will also present 16 large-scale artworks in Meridians; 25 curated exhibitions as part of its Kabinet sector; and 10 moderated panels that will comprise its Conversations series.

But the fun doesn’t end there, there are still plenty more events to check out as well, some satellite event highlights include:

Artivive’s AR Cocktail Experience at the Venezia Hotel

Courtesy of Artivive

Explore new dimensions linking traditional and digital art, enhance art with animations and jump on a journey through time to discover how some of Art Basel’s striking artworks came to be. This exclusive experience will allow you to take a closer look at what lies beneath these works and learn more about the great artists behind the exhibited pieces — All while enjoying some complimentary cocktails! You can book your tickets here.

SELECT Art Basel Kickoff: Zapata’s House Art Night presented by Yieldstreet 

Kick off your Art Basel experience with a bang and join SELECT for its exclusive  Art Basel Kickoff party featuring world-renown artist Domingo Zapata. Spend the night networking with SELECT members, artists, media and other guests as you enjoy the live DJs, special open bar and exciting live painting session by Zapata himself! The party will take place at the beautiful David Rosen Galleries on Thursday, December 2, from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets are available only to SELECT members and their guests. Learn more about SELECT and get access hereSponsored

Bruce Munro’s Forest and Field of Light at Pinecrest Gardens

Longwood – Copyright © 2012 Bruce Munro. All rights reserved. Photography by Mark Pickthall .

Featuring more than 6,000 fiber-optic illuminated stemmed glass spheres, the mesmerizing large-scale installation Bruce Munro: Forest and Field of Light will be opening during Art Basel on Saturday, December 4, to bring the gardens to life at night with its beautiful, bright colors. The installation, which will cover nearly two acres of Pinecrest Gardens, takes inspiration from the venue’s unique landscape and vegetation

Shapes & Forms: A SELECT Soirée with Richard Orlinski presented by Yieldstreet

Taking place at the Bel-Air Fine Art Gallery in the heart of the Design District, this exclusive soirée invites guests to spend a wonderful evening full of live music and excellent cocktails with renowned French sculptor Richard Orlinski, who will be there with French TV5 Monde filming a documentary about himself! The soirée will take place on Friday, December 3, from 7 to 10 p.m. You won’t want to miss it! Tickets are available only to SELECT members and their guests. Learn more about SELECT and get access here.Sponsored

Tomorrow Land in the Design District

Photo: Studio Proba x Enjoy the Weather.

A physical and virtual site-specific installation created by Studio Proba and Enjoy the Weather,  Tomorrow Land features a series of playfully designed sculptures, seating, and ornamentation and  in addition to these physical components, the installation boasts an interactive, virtual game. A dedicated app built around AR technology and proximity beacons will allow visitors to “collect” and digitally customize Studio Proba’s shapes and place their own custom totems throughout the neighborhood—and beyond—for other participants to discover and play with.

Five Echoes by Es Devlin and Chanel no. 5’s centenary celebration at Jungle Plaza

“Five Echoes” by Es Devlin

The famous French haute couture brand, Chanel, is celebrating 100 years of its no. 5 perfume and it’s bringing the celebration to Miami’s Design District with no less than a pop-up forest and labyrinth!Inspired by the French woods in which Coco Chanel grew up and which later led her to the creation of her iconic no. 5 perfume,  immersion artist ‘Es Devlin’  will be creating “Five Echoes,” a massive circular installation surrounded by a lush forest of real trees and plants right smack in the middle of Jungle Plaza. The whimsical sculpture will measure around 100 feet in diameter with walls ranging from 2 to 33 feet high and will also feature sound, light and scent components.

Art Figures: An Avant Afternoon @ Avant Gallery with Josh Mayhem presented by SELECT & Yieldstreet

Head on over to the gorgeous Avant Gallery on Saturday, December 4, for a unique afternoon featuring artists Josh Mayhem, and DJs Flavien and Will Monfret. Take in Avant Gallery’s thought-provoking art while you enjoy some live music and cocktails. Mayhem, who’s known for collecting children’s playthings and turning them into art will be there to chat with attendees and sign his art.  Art Figures will be taking place at Avant Gallery on December 4 from 4 to 8 p.m. followed by an after-party at CH’I Brickell until 10 p.m.Tickets are available only to SELECT members and their guests. Learn more about SELECT and get access here.  ⭐Sponsored

Aku World: Miami at Wynwood Arts


Featuring a three-day series of immersive futuristic experiences, unveiling in Wynwood from December 2 until December 4, Aku World– invites friends and collaborators across fashion, art, music, and technology into the VR world of Aku. Conceptualized by artist & former MLB star, Micah Johnson, Aku is a digital NFT astronaut, that was created when a young boy asked if it was possible for astronauts to be black. Aku has since become the first NFT optioned for film and TV.  Aku World: Miami will offer curated exhibitions, life-size interactive installations, exclusive and limited-edition merch with VIP collaborators (Pusha-T, Jerome LaMaar, Aleali May), a 4D-scanning avatar NFT minting room, intimate panel discussions with leaders in art, fashion, music & crypto as well as an invite-only VIP opening party with an intimate live musical performance by Kehlani! Find out more here.

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