Art Basel at Miami Beach

The History of Art Basel

A sister fair of the original Art Basel, founded in Basel, Switzerland in 1970, the Miami Beach edition has been an annual fixture in early December since 2002. The brainchild of a trio of Swiss gallerists, Ernst Beyeler, Trudi Bruckner and Balz Hilt, their vision brought together the artists they represented, as well as collectors, curators and critics from all over the globe for the first Art Basel in Switzerland. Their vision was a success and over 16,000 people attended the first fair.

Art Basel Annual Event 2019 – Coming up: Miami Beach. December 5–8, 2019. In our American show, leading galleries from North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and Africa show significant work from the masters of Modern and contemporary art, as well as the new generation of emerging stars. Hong Kong. March 19–21, 2020. Basel. June 18–21, 2020.

Everything you need to know about Art Basel Miami Beach 2019

Rosa and Carlos de la Cruz Home
Mon 02 Dec – 10:30am – 3:30pm
Rosa and Carlos de la Cruz Home, Key Biscayne

de la Cruz Collection | Talk
Mon 02 Dec – 7pm – 9pm
de la Cruz Collection, Miami

de la Cruz Collection | ‘From Day to Day’
Tue 03 Dec – 9am – 4:30pm
de la Cruz Collection, Miami

The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse
Tue 03 Dec – 9am – 5pm
The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse, Miami

Rubell Museum
Tue 03 Dec – 12 noon – 6pm
Rubell Museum, Miami

Art Basel Cities: Buenos Aires | Exhibition
Tue 03 Dec – 4pm – 8pm
Collins Park, Miami Beach
ART BASEL CITIES: BUENOS AIRES

Locust Projects | Reception
Tue 03 Dec – 7pm – 9pm
Locust Projects, Miami

The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse | Breakfast
Wed 04 Dec – 9am – 12 noon
The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse, Miami

Design Miami | VIP Preview & Vernissage
Wed 04 Dec – 11am – 1pm
Design Miami, Miami Beach

de la Cruz Collection | ‘From Day to Day’
Wed 04 Dec – 9am – 4:30pm
de la Cruz Collection, Miami

The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse
Wed 04 Dec – 9am – 5pm
The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse, Miami

Rubell Museum
Wed 04 Dec – 9am – 6pm
Rubell Museum, Miami

UBS Art Studio
Wed 04 Dec – 11am – 8pm
Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Beach

Design Miami
Wed 04 Dec – 1pm – 8pm
Design Miami, Miami Beach

Art Basel Cities: Buenos Aires | Exhibition
Wed 04 Dec – 10am – 10pm
Collins Park, Miami Beach

Audemars Piguet | Jana Winderen Installation
Wed 04 Dec – 10am – 10pm
Collins Park, Miami Beach

Conversations | Artists’ Influencers
Thu 05 Dec – 10am – 11:30am
Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Beach

The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse | Breakfast
Thu 05 Dec – 9am – 12 noon
The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse, Miami

Juan Carlos Maldonado Art Collection | Brunch
Thu 05 Dec – 9am – 12 noon
Juan Carlos Maldonado Art Collection (JCMAC), Miami

Rubell Museum | Opening Reception
Thu 05 Dec – 9am – 12 noon
Rubell Museum, Miami

Artist Studio Visits
Thu 05 Dec – 9am – 12 noon
Artist Studio, Miami

Conversations | My Body, My Choice?
Thu 05 Dec – 1pm – 2pm
Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Beach

de la Cruz Collection | ‘From Day to Day’
Thu 05 Dec – 9am – 3pm
de la Cruz Collection, Miami

Rubell Museum
Thu 05 Dec – 9am – 3pm
Rubell Museum, Miami

Conversations | The Ethics of Museum Funding
Thu 05 Dec – 3pm – 4pm
Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Beach

The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse
Thu 05 Dec – 9am – 5pm
The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse, Miami

Art Basel Cities: Buenos Aires | Artist Talk
Thu 05 Dec – 4pm – 5pm
Collins Park, Miami Beach

Conversations | Stonewall at 50 – What Now?
Thu 05 Dec – 5pm – 6pm
Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Beach

Art Basel Cities: Buenos Aires | Exhibition
Thu 05 Dec – 10am – 8pm
Collins Park, Miami Beach

Audemars Piguet | Jana Winderen Installation
Thu 05 Dec – 10am – 8pm
Collins Park, Miami Beach

UBS Art Studio
Thu 05 Dec – 11am – 8pm
Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Beach

Design Miami
Thu 05 Dec – 11am – 8pm
Design Miami, Miami Beach

Art Basel | Public Days
Thu 05 Dec – 3pm – 8pm
Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Beach

Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami (MOCA) | Reception
Thu 05 Dec – 8pm – 11pm
Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami

Good to Know | Exhibition Opening of We Buy Gold
Thu 05 Dec – 8pm – 11pm
Good to Know, Miami

Conversations | The Artist and the Gallerist
Fri 06 Dec – 10am – 11:30am
Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Beach

de la Cruz Collection | ‘From Day to Day’
Fri 06 Dec – 9am – 12 noon
de la Cruz Collection, Miami

Rubell Museum
Fri 06 Dec – 9am – 12 noon
Rubell Museum, Miami

The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse | Breakfast
Fri 06 Dec – 9am – 12 noon
The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse, Miami

Artist Studio Visits
Fri 06 Dec – 9am – 12 noon
Artist Studio, Miami

Artist Studio Visits | Pepe Mar
Fri 06 Dec – 9am – 12 noon
Artist Studio, Miami

The New World School of the Arts | Exhibition Tour
Fri 06 Dec – 9am – 12 noon
The Kampong, National Tropical Botanical Garden, Miami

Little Haiti Cultural Complex & The Haitian Cultural Arts Alliance
Fri 06 Dec – 10am – 12 noon
Little Haiti Cultural Center, Miami

Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs | Opening
Fri 06 Dec – 11am – 12 noon
Audrey M. Edmonson Transit Village, Miami

Conversations | A Global Art Market in a Nationalist World?
Fri 06 Dec – 1pm – 2pm
Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Beach

Art Basel Cities: Buenos Aires | Artist Talk
Fri 06 Dec – 2:15pm – 2:45pm
Collins Park, Miami Beach

Conversations | How to Reach New Collectors
Fri 06 Dec – 3pm – 4pm
Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Beach

Art Basel Cities: Buenos Aires | Artist Talk
Fri 06 Dec – 4:15pm – 4:45pm
Collins Park, Miami Beach

The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse
Fri 06 Dec – 9am – 5pm
The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse, Miami

Conversations | New Ways of Seeing – Photography Now
Fri 06 Dec – 5pm – 6pm
Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Beach

Art Basel Cities: Buenos Aires | Exhibition
Fri 06 Dec – 10am – 8pm
Collins Park, Miami Beach

Audemars Piguet | Jana Winderen Installation
Fri 06 Dec – 10am – 8pm
Collins Park, Miami Beach

UBS Art Studio
Fri 06 Dec – 12 noon – 8pm
Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Beach

Design Miami
Fri 06 Dec – 12 noon – 8pm
Design Miami, Miami Beach

Art Basel | Public Days
Fri 06 Dec – 12 noon – 8pm
Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Beach

La Prairie | Wave by Pablo Valbuena
Fri 06 Dec – 8pm – 10pm
Miami Beach front between 21st and 22nd Street, Miami Beach

Conversations | Double Knowledge – the Legacy of Carolee Schneemann
Sat 07 Dec – 10am – 11:30am
Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Beach

de la Cruz Collection | ‘From Day to Day’
Sat 07 Dec – 9am – 12 noon
de la Cruz Collection, Miami

Rubell Museum
Sat 07 Dec – 9am – 12 noon
Rubell Museum, Miami

Artist Studio Visits
Sat 07 Dec – 9am – 12 noon
Artist Studio, Miami

Artist Studio Visits | Adler Guerrier
Sat 07 Dec – 9am – 12 noon
561 NW 32nd St, Miami

Girls’ Club Collection | Brunch
Sat 07 Dec – 10am – 12 noon
Girls’ Club Collection, Fort Lauderdale

Conversations | Confronting Climate Change Denial
Sat 07 Dec – 1pm – 2pm
Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Beach

Art Basel Cities: Buenos Aires | Artist Talk
Sat 07 Dec – 2:15pm – 2:45pm
Collins Park, Miami Beach

Rosa and Carlos de la Cruz Home
Sat 07 Dec – 10:30am – 3:30pm
Rosa and Carlos de la Cruz Home, Key Biscayne

Conversations | Art and Social Media – a Stormy Relationship?
Sat 07 Dec – 3pm – 4pm
Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Beach

Art Basel Cities: Buenos Aires | Artist Talk
Sat 07 Dec – 4:15pm – 4:45pm
Collins Park, Miami Beach

The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse
Sat 07 Dec – 9am – 5pm
The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse, Miami

Conversations | What Do Young Collectors Expect from the Art Market?
Sat 07 Dec – 5pm – 6pm
Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Beach

Audemars Piguet | Jana Winderen Installation
Sat 07 Dec – 10am – 7pm
Collins Park, Miami Beach

Art Basel Cities: Buenos Aires | Exhibition
Sat 07 Dec – 10am – 8pm
Collins Park, Miami Beach

UBS Art Studio
Sat 07 Dec – 12 noon – 8pm
Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Beach

Design Miami
Sat 07 Dec – 12 noon – 8pm
Design Miami, Miami Beach

Art Basel | Public Days
Sat 07 Dec – 12 noon – 8pm
Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Beach

Coral Gables Museum | Reception
Sun 08 Dec – 10am – 11:30am
Coral Gables Museum, Coral Gables

Rubell Museum
Sun 08 Dec – 9am – 12 noon
Rubell Museum, Miami

Frost Art Museum | Breakfast in the Park
Sun 08 Dec – 9:30am – 12 noon
Frost Art Museum, Miami

Fringe Projects | Walking Tour
Sun 08 Dec – 10:30am – 12 noon
Metro Digital & Computers Inc., Miami

The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse
Sun 08 Dec – 9am – 5pm
The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse, Miami

Audemars Piguet | Jana Winderen Installation
Sun 08 Dec – 10am – 6pm
Collins Park, Miami Beach

UBS Art Studio
Sun 08 Dec – 12 noon – 6pm
Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Beach

Design Miami
Sun 08 Dec – 12 noon – 6pm
Design Miami, Miami Beach

Art Basel | Public Days
Sun 08 Dec – 12 noon – 6pm
Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Beach

Art Basel Cities: Buenos Aires | Exhibition
Sun 08 Dec – 10am – 8pm
Collins Park, Miami Beach

Art Basel Miami Beach is North America’s most comprehensive international contemporary art fair with over 268 galleries from 35 countries showcasing works by more than 4,000 artists. Held at the newly reimagined Miami Beach Convention Center, Art Basel Miami Beach 2019 expects to draw more than 83,000 art dealers, artists, collectors and aficionados to Miami during the fair held this year from December 5-8, 2019. It’s also spawned more than 20 satellite fairs, as well as parties and events galore.

Art Basel refers to the singular fair held at the Miami Beach Convention Center, but the spirit of Art Basel lives in venues big and small throughout the city hosting satellite fairs, glittering parties and events in a week that’s become known as Miami Art Week. The Convention Center space is only the beginning of the whirlwind week of art and parties that’s perfectly suited for Miami.

About Art Basel Miami Beach 2019

At Art Basel Miami Beach 2019, the exhibition space at the Miami Beach Convention Center is divided into sectors: Galleries, Nova, Positions, Edition, Kabinett, Survey, Meridians and Magazines. Galleries serve as the centerpiece of the show where international galleries showcase the work of the artists they represent.

The sectors divide the fair into separate curatorial spaces. Nova exhibits new, cutting-edge works from emerging artists and galleries. Meridians is the newest sector, curated by Mexico City-based Magali Arriola inside the convention center’s new Grand Ballroom, presenting monumental works, including large-scale sculptures, installations and performance art.

Kabinett focuses on a body of work by a single artist or a themed group exhibition. Survey is dedicated to art history projects ranging from solo shows to thematic exhibitions with select galleries. There’s also a series of conversations throughout the week ranging from panel discussions to lectures.

A Public sector is sited at Collins Park in collaboration with The Bass and features thought-provoking sculptures and site-specific installations. The Public sector is free and open to the public, while tickets to Art Basel at the convention center start at $65 per person.

Miami’s Art Scene

Miami’s premier art museums showcase their most impressive exhibits of the year during Miami Art Week. A visit to Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) overlooking Biscayne Bay inside its landmark building designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architects Herzog and de Meuron is a must. Their exhibitions on display during Miami Art Week 2019 include Teresita Fernandez’s “Elemental,” George Segal’s “Abraham’s Farewell to Ishmael” and works gifted to the museum by Los Angeles-based collector Gordon W. Bailey.

Additionally, don’t miss the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami, Wolfsonian-FIU, The Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum-FIU and the Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, for special exhibits during the month of December.

Miami is also home to some of the world’s most impressive private art collections. Stop by The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse, and the De la Cruz Collection as well as the Rubell Museum, which will reopen in a brand new location in Wynwood in time for Art Basel 2019.

The entire city transforms into a canvas for ephemeral installations and art happenings. Take a leisurely stroll through South Beach, Midtown, Wynwood or Downtown to take in the sights. Miami Art Week. 2019 also promises to be a major bacchanal with VIP parties, dinners and events thrown every night.

Miami Art Week 2019 Satellite Fairs

In addition to Art Basel Miami Beach 2019 at the Miami Beach Convention Center, there are a number of must-see satellite fairs. As the official sister fair to Art Basel Miami Beach, the Design Miami/ tent is adjacent to the Convention Center. Design Miami/ celebrates the world’s leading galleries specializing in collectible 20th and 21st century design.

Scope and Art Miami actually predate Art Basel Miami Beach and feature an impressive array of galleries with modern works. For more cutting edge contemporary work, check out Pulse Miami Beach, NADA Miami and Untitled, Miami Beach.

For a full list of satellite fairs, check out our guide to Miami Art Week Satellite Fairs 2019

Free Art Week Shuttle Service

In an effort to make the numerous art fairs in Miami Beach and Miami more easily accessible, the two cities have joined efforts to operate a free shuttle service that connects to the existing free transportation services and art shows in each city. There are many transportation options during your visit.