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The show must go on: Art Basel Miami Beach is going virtual for 2020

Looks like Miami Art Week isn’t canceled as the international art fair announces OVR: Miami Beach, kicking off December 2–6.

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Virginia Gil
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Miami Art Week is as much a part of fall in Miami as the changing leaves and apple picking are to the northeast. Skipping our whirlwind week of exhibitions and parties just couldn’t happen. So when Art Basel Miami Beach announced it was canceling the 2020 edition of its show at the convention center, we knew something else was in the works.

Our hunch was confirmed this morning when the international art fair revealed its grand plans for the Magic City in 2020—OVR: Miami Beach. That’s right, Art Basel Miami Beach is going virtual. The four-day event is scheduled to take place from December 2 through December 6 with the first two days reserved for VIP previews. Like the in-person fair, OVR: Miami Beach will be comprised of five 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).

The presenting galleries in these categories were previously accepted to the 2020 fair, but the switch to virtual means there’s room for more cultural institutions than ever before. Art Basel will be sharing its online platform to amplify the cultural programming happening concurrently at Miami’s museums, galleries, foundations and nonprofits. OVR: Miami Beach will host talks, gallery walk-throughs and other events folks are used to attending IRL during Miami Art Week. Some in-person events will also take place at the Moore Building and around the Design District as part of Design Miami/Podium, a reimagined concept that makes use of outdoor spaces, public areas and several cultural institutions for yet-to-be-announced presentations.

Details on the full OVR: Miami Beach online programming schedule will be released in the coming weeks. Let the countdown to Art Basel 2020 begin.

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