My first ever Art Basel had to be at Miami Beach!
I’ve heard so many amazing things about Miami’s art scene and Art Basel’s arrival there has cemented it as a capital of modern art. It gave me the perfect opportunity to visit Miami for the first time while accessing some of the finest contemporary art in the world.
An added bonus is all of the other art fairs happening at the same time including Art Miami, Untitled, Pulse, NADA, Red Dot, Design Miami… the list is endless! There are so many art fairs on that I’d love for it to take over both weekends next year. Art Basel alone took me two full days to view but it was an amazing two days, I have to say!
The Miami Beach Convention Centre plays host to Art Basel, perfectly located in the centre of Miami Beach with tons of transport options to reach it. This year the layout was transformed to give each gallery more space to create their own atmosphere and to lead naturally into the next gallery space. I thought it was wonderfully executed – so well in fact that I didn’t notice I’d been walking around for 6 hours without stopping on the first day!
There were plenty of refreshment options with everything from fresh coffee to bottles of champagne on offer. Wifi was available in the centre of the show at a bar with lots of seating areas. Miami Beach has an amazing free trolley service (a kind of vintage bus, not a shopping trolley. Not that I thought that…) that is extended during the fair to help move visitors to and from Art Basel during public days. One thing I also thought was fantastic were the Art Basel staff stationed all around the venue to assist with travel and any other questions. This is a big art fair with lots of visitors so having friendly assistance close at hand made all the difference.
Tickets for Art Basel are $50 online, $60 on-site and $120 for an all days pass. There were also combination tickets to include access to Design Miami next door (which I loved) for $15 extra.
I flew to direct from London to Miami with Virgin Atlantic.
All taken on iPhone 5SE.
Frances Draskau – Founder, Photographer & Traveller at SoSheTravelled.com