After a lengthy break from its yearly large-scale live celebration, Art Basel Miami Beach is coming back full force -- with interactive art, music, and enchanting experiences.
Art Basel is the leading global platform that connects collectors, galleries, and artists through large multi-day art fairs. They host events across the globe from Hong Kong to Miami Beach in their mission to create unique artist-led experiences and strengthen local art scenes. Art Basel Miami launched in 2002 as an ideal nexus point between North and South America. Since then, the city’s art scene has thrived.
The 2021 event opens to the public on December 2-4. It will host hundreds of artists that make up the spectrum of mediums to showcase some of the greatest works the contemporary art scene offers.
What makes Art Basel such an enormous attraction is the participation of Miami’s premier hotels and partners hosting pop-ups and lively art exhibitions. Beachside, there will be musical performances, outdoor installations, experimental retail pop-ups, and more to create an immersive cultural affair outside Art Basel’s main show.
From multi-sensory labyrinths to exclusively curated art to celebrity appearances, here are some of the best experiences you won't want to miss.
WYNWOOD WALLS MURALS
Dive into the festivities early at Wynwood Walls, the unofficial headquarters of the Wynwood Arts District known for its lively collection of curated mural art. Here, it will host 13 installations from global artists to add new murals along the outdoor museum walls. This year's theme is "Agents of Change."
CHANEL NO. 5 CENTENNIAL BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
Take a stroll through Miami Design District's Jungle Plaza with a full-size, multi-sensory labyrinth installation brought to you by immersive artist Es Devlin in celebration of the 100th birthday of Chanel’s iconic fragrance, Chanel No. 5. You'll feel like you're in a real magical forest surrounded by over 1,000 trees measuring 100 feet in diameter with walls up to 22 feet high. Sound, lights, and scent will transport you to a fairytale dream.
THE CONFIDANTE AND MUSEUM OF GRAFFITI SKATEPARK
From November 30 to December 2, the Confidante and Museum of Graffiti collaborate with renowned female graffiti artists, activists, and skateboarders to construct, paint, and activate a unique large-scale skate ramp in the hotel's backyard. On December 2, the Skate Nymphs, a female empowerment panel hosted by Yes Julz, will take over the skate ramp to show off some serious shredding. Few and Far Women will be an accompanying art exhibit for view and purchase on the first floor of The Confidant.
AMERICAN EXPRESS PLATINUM STUDIO PRESENTING LIZZO
Enter the Platinum Studio, where American Express will host curated experiences that celebrate emerging creators outside the Miami Beach EDITION hotel. From December 2-4, find interactive and shoppable exhibits from exclusive curator Artsy, dinner with Global Dining Access Chef Mario Carbone, and signature classes by Equinox that feature yoga, sound baths, and Pilates. End the week with a grand send-off concert on Saturday night featuring Grammy award-winning superstar, Lizzo.
HÄSTENS GRAND VIVIDUS DEBUT WITH DESIGNER FERRIS RAFAULI
Ever wanted to test out the world's most comfortable bed? Hästens Miami will debut the coveted $500,000 Grand Vividus Bed in collaboration with Ferris Rafauli, Drake's legendary Toronto home designer. They'll be offering private sleep sessions and trials, so go ahead and schedule some "me" time between Art Basel events. Hästens will also be offering "Sleep Spa Basel Breaks" in the showroom with spa experiences like acupuncture and massage treatments, mood-lighting, noise-canceling headphones, relaxing scents, and more. You may not want to leave.
Art Basel Location
Miami Beach Convention Center
1901 Convention Center Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139