What is Art Basel Miami Beach?

What is Art Basel Miami Beach?

The Art Basel Miami Beach is the most popular and appealing fair of contemporary art to be held at the Miami Beach Convention Center from December 7 to December 10 bringing together the most renowned artists, art collectors, gallerists, art promoters, critics, restorers and attendees alike from all the five continents.  


Since 2002, Miami Beach is one of the hosts of this celebrated fair, and together with Basel, cradle of this art show, as well as Hong Kong, represents the most relevant triumvirate of contemporary art.


Beginnings of Art Basel


Basel is the city that became the center stage where Swiss gallerists conceived the art of Art Basel in 1970, their brainchild was aimed at connecting the most important art galleries in the world directly with their clients and audiences by means of an international art fair. Thenceforth, Art Basel is the bellwether in the global unfolding of plastic arts.


But not everything went smoothly from the outset; many naysayers were bewildered and looked askance at having art masterpieces moved out of the museums to be exhibited in a commercial festival.


Art Basel had to weather strong criticism, and yet, the passing of time proved that the ambitious group, which was in charge of the organization and planning of the prestigious event and had envisioned a famed international art fair as their goal, had been right all along.


Years went by and since 2002 the tantalizing geographical location of Miami, its average warm temperatures all year round, its artistic organic development and its tourist attractiveness have made it a sparkling, appealing city for the expansion of the event.


Find out more about Miami Beach Convention Center (MBCC)


Built in 1957, Miami Beach Convention Center (MBCC) is a magnificent structure enclosing 502,848 square feet to showcase this ginormous exhibition in which more than 250 gallerists from Asia, Africa, Europe and America will take part.


Under the influence of the city’s sprawling, which required more exhibition venues, the administrators of MBCC developed a new renovation project in 1989, on which an initial investment of $92 million was made, that doubled its size in relation to the original layout.


The $600 million renovations the Miami Beach Convention Center has undergone are geared toward the expansion of the exhibit areas and the creation of a brand new 60,000 square foot ballroom featuring a balcony and an outdoor terrace. The architectonic beauty of MBCC will be given a complete makeover after the damages the structure sustained with the recent hurricanes that battered the south of Florida.


The privileged location in the heart of Miami Beach makes the Miami Beach Convention Center stand out against its surroundings: hotels, restaurants and nightclubs comprising the array of leisure options to hang out at.


Where to buy tickets for Art Basel Miami 2017


If you don’t want to miss out on everything that Art Basel Miami Beach and the week of art in Miami has in store for you from December 7 to December 10, visit to purchase your tickets to save time and avoid long lines.


Ticket prices vary as follows:

  • Day Ticket: $50
  • Group-Day Ticket (Groups of 10 to 20 people): $36
  • Permanent Ticket: $120


Here the agreeable public opening hours of Art Basel Miami Beach to help you plan your visit:


  • Thursday, December 7, 2017, 3pm to 8pm.
  • Friday, December 8, 2017, 12 noon to 8pm.
  • Saturday, December 9, 2017, 12 noon to 8pm.
  • Sunday, December 10, 2017, 12 noon to 6pm.


Check the social media and networks of Art Basel Miami Beach for more information.






What you can expect of Art Basel Miami 2017


Los organizadores de la edición 16 del Art Basel Miami Beach, que tendrá lugar del 7 al 10 de diciembre, se encuentran trabajando arduamente en cada uno los módulos de esta gigantesca exposición.


The event planners of this 16th Art Basel Miami Beach, which is to be held from December 7 to December 10, are currently working hard on each and every of the exhibit sectors of the gigantic exhibition.


  • NOVA If you want to discover the most novel art proposals of this year featured by Art Basel, Nova was made with you in mind, a venue for galleries presenting from 1 to 3 artists that will showcase art pieces never seen before.
  • Positions A sector that allows curators, restorers, critics and collectors to feast their eyes with abandon on a single artist’s project.
  • Editions A display that promotes the art of work editors working in collaboration with great artists to showcase significant but rare publications.
  • Kabinett This sector is destined to put thematic group exhibitions or solo works on display.
  • Survey This area encompasses art historical projects to explore different artistic approaches in thematic exhibits representing a range of cultures.


Moreover, the open-air venues of Miami Beach will be brimming with art, sculptures and big installations to admire and contemplate the artworks of great international artists conjointly with the critic Philipp Kaiser and the Bass Museum of Art, and the support of MGM Resorts Art & Culture.


Art Basel Miami Beach is a colorful, lively art fair, at which you might meet the socialite of arts with movie actors, models, writers and fashion designers, all the while enjoying Miami as the artistic capital of America. In conclusion, this is a collective and personal experience you have got to live for yourself.