Thursday, December 1, 2011

Why the Swiss Tradition of Art Basel is on Miami Beach

Every year it gets bigger than the last, and every year it is increasingly ground breaking. This year, Art Basel Miami Beach is going to inject the international art world with the latest, most intense art experiences. Art is about provoking emotion, and Art Basel creates the perfect environment for setting up such encounters. The world’s most prestigious art dealers, top galleries, collectors, enthusiasts, curators, and critics gather for a whirlwind getaway in hopes of connecting with the vibrating pulse of art. Heralding in 10 years, Art Basel Miami Beach is happening now!

Art Basel is a Swiss tradition, and has always been an elite gathering to link collectors to the source of the most modern art. Miami was chosen for several reasons, and especially because it is a stark contrast from Switzerland. For many, Miami Beach is the perfect spot to host an international getaway focusing on art. Well-known for having an exceptional tropical climate, the city has a long-rooted history in modern art, the glamorous nightlife, and it is a very raw, real place where there is a vast amount of contemporary, edgy art happening all the time. Add in location: being a central hub, a converging point between North America, the Caribbean, and Latin America makes for a prime situation. Definitely not stuffy, very laid back, and plenty of fun!

This is the most exclusive showing of art that happens between North and South America, with galleries from all over the world exhibiting. From Asia, Africa, Europe, North America, and all throughout Latin America, in upwards of 260 major galleries will be present. From December 1st through the 4th, Miami Beach will be one non-stop party, with art by over 2,000 different artists.

Being the 10th year, expect bigger and more intense presentations than ever before. Art Basel Miami Beach will be debuting its collaboration for public art with the Bass Museum of Art. Numerous free viewings, special events, and great performances will be happening throughout the city. Collins Park will be filled with incredible art and art performances, with both well-known artists as well as up-and-comers. At SoundsScape Park, Art Video is going to be exhibited, which is a first for Art Basel Miami. This venue holds the enormous outdoor projection wall on the New World Center, which was designed by Frank Gehry.

As one of the biggest events to hit Miami every year, with an influx of many thousands of people, it can only be imagined the lack of ease which getting a hotel room can be. As most people have booked well in advance, your chances of landing a room at a five-star hotel in the area are very, very slim. Favorites this year are The Setai, The Mandarin Oriental, The Ritz Carlton South Beach, W South Beach, and The Standard. If you were ahead of the curve, and booked with us, chances are right now you are enjoying the art as well as the Exclusive Complimentary Perks! Otherwise, good luck, and enjoy the art!

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