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Guide to Art Basel Miami Beach

From the parties to the fairs to the arty events you don't want to miss, here's your full guide to Art Basel Miami Beach

Written by
Time Out Miami editors

Art Basel Miami Beach's first in-person fair since 2019 is poised to be the most important affair of the season. Since launching in 2002, Art Basel has become North America's premier art fair and an anticipated fall event in Miami. This year's event gets underway one day earlier, with the VIP and media previews scheduled to take place on Tuesday, November 30. It's also going to be a big year for digital art, so you can expect to see plenty of NFTs alongside collectible paintings, sought-after sculptures and more wow-worthy art. 

What is Art Basel Miami Beach?

Art Basel Miami Beach is an annual art show held at Miami Beach, first staged in 2002. Art Basel, which stages three major fairs each year—in Hong Kong, Basel and Miami Beach—focuses on modern and contemporary art and puts more than 253 galleries from across the globe in front of the art world’s top curators, museums and collectors. The week of Art Basel has become a major draw for Miami, with parties, satellite fairs and major events being held in conjunction with the show—and now known collectively as Miami Art Week.

Art Basel Miami Beach comprises five main sections: Galleries (works from leading galleries), Edition (editioned pieces), Nova (works created within the last three years), Positions (dedicated to emerging artists) and Survey (works created before the year 2000). This year, the fair also presents 16 large-scale artworks in Meridians; 25 curated exhibitions as part of its Kabinett sector; and 10 moderated panels as part of its Conversations series.

When is Art Basel Miami Beach?

Art Basel Miami Beach takes place November 30 through December 4, 2021.

Where is Art Basel Miami Beach held?

Art Basel Miami Beach 2021 takes place at the new and very much improved Miami Beach Convention Center

Art Basel Miami Beach 2021

Things to do during Art Basel

Art Basel Miami Beach archive