Must-See Art Basel Events
Miami is a hub for inspiring culture and astonishing art, but every December something truly special happens. Renowned artists, connoisseurs, and novice enthusiasts file into the Miami Beach Convention Center each December to find thousands of sculptures and paintings on display. Leading galleries bring the highlights of their coveted collections and the spectacle buzzes with excited and reflective patrons looking for meaning in each work. Art Basel will take over the convention center from December 7 through December 10, but the true experience happens outside its doors. From epic parties to celebrity-laden concerts, Art Basel is more than an art show; it’s week-long revolution.
The Wynwood Walls are getting a makeover that’s not to be missed. A new collection of murals will debut during Art Basel entitled “humankind.” The uplifting collection will feature work by visionary artists from around the globe. Each painting will serve to inspire compassion, empathy and, of course, humanity. During your marathon of culture, be sure to stop by the Wynwood Walls on Dec. 7 for the unveiling.
Where: 2520 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, 33127
When: December 7
Aventura Mall’s Expanding Arts
Already hit up the Miami Beach Convention Center for the main attraction? The art doesn’t end there. New installations and artists have been popping up left and right at Aventura Mall. Break away from the crowds in Miami Beach and experience art in a whole new way while you shop. Students from New World School of the Arts most recent mural cascades down a staircase with imagery inspired by Florida. Once you enter the mall, you’ll find thought-provoking pieces at every corner. Don’t miss the chance to explore our new three-level wing. Aside from trying delicious dining and shopping new boutiques, you’ll be in awe of Gorillas in the Mist, a sculpture by The Haas Brothers, as well as the soon to debut Aventura Slide Tower by Carsten Höller. Did we mention you can ride down the 93-foot tall work of art?
Where: 19501 Biscayne Blvd, Aventura, 33180
When: Open to the public during mall hours.
Parties: Surf Lodge Bungalow
What’s Art Basel season without the occasional celebrity sighting? The Surf Lodge, a party known to feature an all-star guest list, returns to the W South Beach. In the past, Surf Lodge has held events with fashion designer Jeremy Scott, so we’re excited to see what creative geniuses will venture to the fete this Basel season. The Surf Lodge Bungalow will run from December 6-9 with an exciting events list that includes artist-hosted dinners, poolside cocktail parties and a series of wellness classes in partnership with Reebok. Will we see you on the VIP list?
Where: 2201 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, 33139
When: December 7
Music: III Points Art Basel
Björk, one of the decade’s most eclectic musical artists, is visiting Miami for the first time for III Points Festival. The iconic Icelandic artist will curate a DJ set to be remembered along with musician Daniel Lopatin, known as Oneohtrix Point Never. The annual III Points Art Basel will be performing at Mana Wynwood on Tuesday, December 5 at Mana Wynwood. Tickets are going for $55 to $111 and are available now.
Where: 2217 NW 5th Ave, Miami, 33127
When: December 5, 9 p.m.