MIAMI BEACH, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Miami Beach has evolved into the favorite winter destination of the international art world, hosting Art Basel Miami Beach, the event that brings over 250 of the world’s leading galleries and 70,000 art visitors to the city each year. This year, from December 4-7 the Miami Beach Convention Center will transform 500,000-square-feet into exhibition space, setting the stage for the dynamic cultural fusion that is Art Basel. Once known solely for its art deco architecture, warm beaches and infinite nightlife, Miami Beach has become a thriving arts capital since its Art Basel debut in 2002.
Sited at the perfect union of North and Latin America, Art Basel recruited Miami Beach as the ideal second location following Hong Kong and immediately established itself as the premier show in the Americas. Although Art Basel Miami Beach technically denotes a 4-day fair, it has thrived into a much larger spectacle, taking over Miami Beach each winter with galleries, curators, collectors, art enthusiasts, pop culture royalty, satellite fairs, parties and events scattered across the city. At any turn of the head, you can find breathtaking work on display ranging from paintings, sculpture, installations and everything in between.
“Art Basel Miami Beach has enhanced the city’s cultural richness to a new degree. Every year, the event cultivates more art, culture and talent that presents itself to our city for a week, but impacts us for years to come,” says Steve Adkins, Chair of the Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority.
“This event is one of the most important times of the year for Miami Beach and the art realm,” says Grisette Marcos, Executive Director of Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority. “Miami Beach has become a mecca for art enthusiasts worldwide. The influx of art zealots and visitors is staggering.”
This year, Art Basel Miami Beach is expecting 67 galleries from 31 countries on exhibit as well as hundreds of events around the city including the celebration of The Bass Museum of Art’s 50th anniversary, the SELECT art fair featuring Solange Knowles, the highly anticipated SCOPE Miami Beach and the citing of 800 iconic structures of Miami Beach’s Art Deco District.
For a list of all Art Basel events, visit artbasel.com/miami-beach.
About Miami Beach
With an average year-round temperature of 75 degrees, Miami Beach has an unrivaled reputation for culinary offerings, nightlife, culture, fashion, and luxurious hotels. Also a popular destination among travelers, Miami Beach was recently ranked by Trip Advisor as number one on its Top Winter Sun Vacation Rental Getaway Destinations for 2011 list and was included on both the Top 25 Beaches in the World and Top 25 Destinations in the U.S. lists. Boasting seven miles of breathtaking beaches, Miami Beach is easily accessible from the Port of Miami and Miami International Airport. The City of Miami Beach has just been named one of the top cities worldwide for 'walkability' and is equally easy to navigate by bike or by boat. Home to unique museums, to the New World Symphony and Miami City Ballet, to over 17,000 luxury, boutique and resort hotel rooms, 12 public parks and to the Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Beach is a destination for all seasons. Miami Beach is like no other place in the world! Visit MiamiBeachGuest.com or MiamiBeachINCARD.com for more information or contact Grisette Marcos at Groquemarcos@miamibeachvca.com.