By Kara Franker

Art Basel Miami Beach, the U.S. venue for the contemporary arts trade fair established in Basel, Switzerland in 1970, showcases works from more than 260 galleries and 2,000 artists from North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa. It's also known for its food, drink, parties and wealth, one of the hippest events in Florida.

Art Basel Miami Beach is one of the premier art exhibitions in the entire world. It happens each December, and celebrities, CEOs and jet-setters flock to Miami Beach from all over the globe not only for the event, but for all of the art shows happening simultaneously in South Florida.

Reflecting the show’s long-term impact on the local art scene, South Florida’s leading museums and private collections will again time their strongest exhibitions of the year to coincide with Art Basel.


What Collections Will Be Displayed at Art Basel?

Visitors will have an opportunity to view the city’s internationally renowned private and public collections such as:

  • The Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO) will show 'Impulse, Reason, Sense, Conflict/Abstract Art in the Ella Fontanals-Cisernos Collection,' featuring works exhibited for the first time at the CIFO Art Space
  • 'Beneath The Surface' at the de la Cruz Collection Contemporary Art Space will include work by Félix González-Torres, Wade Guyton, Rob Pruitt, Dana Schutz and Kelley Walker, among others
  • The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse will celebrate its 15th anniversary with an exhibition of work by world renowned artists
  • The Rubell Family Collection will present 'Collection Overview/50 Years of Marriage'
  • The Pérez Art Museum Miami will present work by Mario Garcia Torres, in addition to their two concurrent solo shows by Beatriz Milhazes and Geoffrey Farmer
  • The Norton Museum of Art will open 'RAW: Klara Kristalova'
  • The Wolfsonian-FIU will present 'Myth and Machine: The First World War in Visual Culture'
  • The Bass Museum of Art will showcase 'One Way: Peter Marino'
  • 'Café Dolly: Picabla, Schnabel, Willumsen' will be on display at the NSU Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale

More than 250 of the world's leading galleries participate, drawing more than 70,000 visitors to Miami Beach each year.


If you go... 

Art Basel Miami Beach is Dec. 4-7, 2014 at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Visit for more info.

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