Art Basel, held each year in Miami, FL, is one of the biggest art fairs in the world. It’s more than just a fair, though, it is a cultural movement that takes the city by storm and has had a lasting impact on Miami’s part in the art scene.
Not only is it the main attraction for art, annually, but it’s full of fun cultural activities for locals and tourists. Art Basel began back in 1970 in Basel, Switzerland, however, ever since 2002, it’s been held every year in Miami. Miami is no stranger to huge festivals and fairs, as Miami is also home to Ultra, the world’s biggest music festival. Held at the Miami Beach Convention Center that has over 500,000 feet of exhibition space, Art Basel is the largest contemporary art fair in all of North America. Art Basel’s art fair plays a huge role in shaping the art world and market, but what are the other reasons that you should visit? Keep reading to find out.
If you’re a fan of the wealthy lifestyle that comes along with visiting Art Basel, then you should definitely go. In addition to the gorgeous works of art on display at the fair, it’s also known for its party scene. There are huge parties thrown each night of the event and everyone who’s anyone is usually in attendance. Anyone can buy tickets and passes to some of these parties. There are brunches and day parties to night gatherings, where the richest fly in on private jets. Some events are more exclusive to others, but all of the guest lists include artists, celebrities, models, and art dealers. So, if you’re the type that wants to rub shoulders with the rich and famous, then this is definitely the event for you.
Another great reason to visit Basel, especially if you’re an artist, yourself, is to get inspiration. Art Basel has thousands of works of art on display and you have access to these pieces by hundreds of artists from all over the world. Can you imagine the amount of inspiration that you’ll get just from looking at the art? You can draw inspiration from different pieces, you can use some works of art as inspiration or reference it in your own creations. There’s no better way to bring out your own creativity than by walking around and viewing works of art by some of the most famous artists. You’re not only going to draw inspiration from the fair, itself, because no matter where you turn, there’s something to look at. The creativity and artistic expression that’s found on every corner in Miami is breathtaking, intoxicating, motivating, and just all around inspiring.
With the thousands of visitors that frequent the Art Basel each year, you are bound to meet people. From other artists, celebrities, dealers, art enthusiasts, and tourists, there’s no telling who you will run into. You could end up meeting other art enthusiasts who share a love for the same things that you do. You could end up connecting with and exchanging information with some of the people you meet to stay in touch long after the fair is over. It’s always great to meet people who share the same interests as you. So, if you’re thinking of traveling to Art Basel to connect and network with artists or art lovers, go for it.
Art Basel and Kickstarter have a partnership that’s called the Crowdfunding Initiative, that provides projects from non-profit organizations a chance to be seen and be supported. The program’s mission is to bring awareness to good projects that are underrated or those that just aren’t given the visibility. Projects included in this are a wide range of art and education-related programs, such as artists residencies, public installations, education programs, and a lot more. The initiative also creates a platform for up and coming artists to grow, learn, and create more. So, just by visiting Art Basel, you have the chance to give back and support these nonprofit organizations. The initiative is ongoing and supporters have the chance to make some artist’s dreams come true. So, going and/or donating to Art Basel is an investment that’s making others’ lives better.
I love viewing and studying art, and there’s not too many things I enjoy more. When I am not finding a new museum to visit, you can find me binge watching shows on Curzon Home Cinema or trying my luck at Poker Casino. Art Basel is the Cadillac of art shows, and if you’re passionate about art, you must take a trip one year. Visiting Art Basel is a must, and you’ll not only get to experience the beautiful art, but you’ll get a trip to Miami, one of the United States’ best party cities.