Art Basel Miami Beach
Here is a great weekend getaway idea for you. How about attending one of the coolest, hippest, most important art events in the country, if not the world?
I’m referring to Art Basel Miami Beach, an annual art event held this year December 3 – 6, 2015.
What is Art Basel, you ask? More than just an “art show,” it is a staging of high quality modern and contemporary art from across the globe. The name is taken from the city of Basel, Switzerland where it all began in 1970.
Over the years Art Basel events have been held annually in Basel and in Miami Beach since 2002, and Hong Kong since 2013. The Miami Beach show takes place every winter as a sort of reunion, if you will, for the international art world. More than 200 modern and contemporary art galleries represent over 4000 artists from Latin America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and North America. All forms of media – display paintings, photography, drawings, sculptures, installations, print, film, video, and digital art – will be in full abundance. Whatever their artistic tastes, those who attend will be captivated by this stellar display of world talent.
Although held inside the Miami Beach Convention Center, don’t think Art Basel Miami Beach is confined to one building or area. No, this grand event provides the perfect opportunity to showcase the entire Miami vicinity in all its glory. Indeed, more than 20 other area fairs coincide with Art Basel Miami Beach. These satellite events, if you will, are found in many areas stretching from Midtown to Downtown. So, definitely explore the Art Deco splendor of Miami Beach, but also check out the Design District for chic shopping, Wynwood, the epicenter of street art, and many other wonderful areas filled with art. Of course, don’t forget about the other treasures of Miami, i.e. the food, music, and especially the people. Stroll down Calle Ocho in Little Havana for premium people watching, or fill your ears with scintillating Cuban beats. (If you’re there on a Thursday night, check out DJ Spam and his Cuban band at Hoy Como Ayer). Visit the Little Haiti Cultural Center or try authentic Haitian cuisine at any number of delicious restaurants in Little Haiti. Though not in Little Haiti,Tap Tap in South Beach is my favorite Haitian restaurant. The colorful exterior is surpassed only by the beauty of the artwork inside. The place is so cool that Chef Guy Fieri’s face is emblazoned on a wall! Try los platanos or any drink made with that delightful Barbancourt Haitian Rum. Yum!
Of course, there is the sun and surf and the ocean so blue. Time doesn’t permit us to talk about all that Miami has to offer. Suffice it to say that there is something for everyone in this particular slice of heaven. And Art Basel Miami Beach provides the perfect opportunity to experience as much of it as you can in one weekend. Don’t worry about missing something…you’ll be back, I guarantee!
Until Next Time,
The Travel Diva
*For more about Art Basel, go to www.artbasel.com