Art Basel Miami Beach


The international art fair Art Basel Miami Beach.

More than palm trees and sandy beaches.The international art fair Art Basel Miami Beach.

In the last month of the year, Florida will be the centre of the art and design world, as it welcomes the Art Basel Miami Beach art fair from 5 to 10 December 2018. 268 galleries from over 4,000 artists will be featured this year. For up-and-coming-artists, the fair doesn’t just offer an excellent platform for gaining recognition for their work. Between the white sand of the Atlantic coast and the legendary Ocean Drive, collectors and enthusiasts can marvel at modern and contemporary art from all over the world, and most of the exhibits will be available to purchase. Does this hotspot of international art sound interesting to you? We’ve compiled all the important information that you need to know about this exciting event.

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  • 01 5 to 10 December 2018
  • 02 268 galleries from 35 countries
  • 03 Over 4,000 artists
  • 04 Venue: Miami Beach Convention Center
  • 05 Has been held in December each year since 2002
  • 06 17th edition of Art Basel Miami Beach
Art Basel Miami Beach

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In Miami, the sunny metropolis of Florida, the US edition of Art Basel has been a fixture on the art calendar since 2002. When the newly-renovated Miami Convention Center opens its doors on 5 December 2018, it won’t just be exciting for art collectors and the super-rich. Although many people associate the city with a tropical climate, snow-white super yachts, the Everglades and Florida Keys, Art Basel’s spin-off fair from the Swiss city of the same name is now one of the most important events on the continent. It offers lesser-known artists, particularly those from South America, a gateway to the international market.

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Art Basel Miami Beach

Art Basel Miami Beach is divided into several sections and offers a wide-ranging portfolio of famous and well-known heavyweights of the scene to solo exhibitions from young artists. Big American names like Andrew Kreps Gallery and DC Moore Gallery feature as part of the exhibitions. Here are the most important sections at a glance.

  • "Nova"
  • "Positions"
  • "Kabinett"
  • "Survey"


BMW and Art Basel

BMW doesn’t just appear repeatedly with BMW M Art Cars at fairs like Art Basel. As a long-term partner, BMW has been supporting Art Basel’s worldwide trade fairs in Basel, Miami Beach and Hong Kong for many years. The BMW Art Journey is an initiative founded in 2015 by Art Basel and BMW to promote young artists worldwide.


Art and design meet technology.

A project by the Spanish design studio Nagami shows that vehicle design and art go hand-in-hand. With their 3D printing process, the designers want to create a product design that does justice to our technological age – and in doing so create completely new forms. By painting the BMW Concept M8 Gran Coupé, Nagami’s work pieces span a fantastic bridge between art, luxury and technology.

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Nagami Design 3D printed chair inspired by BMW Concept M8 Gran Coupé
Nagami Design 3D printed chair inspired by BMW Concept M8 Gran Coupé
Nagami Design 3D printed chair inspired by BMW Concept M8 Gran Coupé
Nagami Design 3D printed vase inspired by BMW Concept M8 Gran Coupé


In 1968, the gallery owners and art dealers Trudi Bruckner, Balz Hilt and Ernst Beyler developed the idea of organising an art fair in Basel. The project became a reality on 16 June 1970, when almost 16,000 descended upon the northern Swiss city to attend the first Art Basel. It was unthinkable at the time that the 21st century incarnation of the fair would take place in three cities on three continents – Hong Kong, Miami and Basel – and attract up to 300,000 visitors annually. Today, Art Basel offers artists and galleries a platform to show their work and, if there is demand for it, the opportunity to sell to collectors, museum directors and curators.

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