Every December, the city of Miami becomes a cultural playground for international art lovers and collectors. Catapulted by the success of Art Basel Miami Beach, Miami Art Week is an annual celebration that takes place the first week of December.
In 2002, Art Basel Miami Beach launched as the sister fair to Art Basel, one of the world’s most important art fairs held every year in the Swiss city of Basel. Art Basel Miami Beach’s attendance has vastly grown since its inception: while the 2002 fair welcomed 16,000 visitors, last year’s event received more than 73,000 guests. Art Basel Miami Beach’s success has revitalized Miami’s art scene, and the result is now an art-rich week with much to see and do around town.
Housed in the vast Miami Beach Convention Center, Art Basel Miami Beach continues to be the focal point of Miami Art Week. But there are events throughout the bustling city, which venture outside the Convention Center’s walls. Design Miami takes place in the Design District—Miami’s luxury enclave and home to elegant boutiques and galleries. Design Miami, which occurs alongside the Art Basel Fairs in Miami and Basel, showcases collectible design including 21st-century furniture, lighting and objets d’art.
Close to the Design District, we’ll find what will become—during Art Week—the epicenter of the arts. Wynwood is Miami’s main art district with more than 70 galleries, museums, and impressive private art collections. Several satellite fairs will take over the area extending towards the nearby Midtown. These neighborhoods will host the best events, openings and parties during the sunny Miami days and placid tropical nights.
Such a busy week calls for finding the perfect place for rest, and with countless Miami hotels, that ideal suite is just one reservation away.
4041 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140 // (786) 605-4041
Located in a restored 1940s art deco tower, the oceanfront Thompson Hotel—opened just last November—is sure to appeal to art lovers with an affection for kitsch and camp. Interior designer Martin Brudznicki, who also designed the nearby Soho Beach House, infused 1950s glamour using bright hues and eye-catching patterns to create a playful, tropical atmosphere. Suites with chevron prints, floral upholstery, and patterned curtains are complete with modern art prints. Inside the Thompson Hotel, guests can also enjoy the 1930s house, a cocktail den set within a bungalow that features artisanal drinks and a tasting and small plates menu by famed Miami-native and James Beard Award Winning chef, Michelle Bernstein, who is also behind the hotel’s Seagrape restaurant, a Floridian brasserie.
1671 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
// (305) 535-8088
South Beach’s Sagamore Hotel has rightfully earned the moniker of Art Hotel. The Art Deco hotel displays art wherever possible. There are quotes by artists on the hallways, murals on the stairwells, videos in the garden and museum quality photography, sculpture and video throughout public areas and event spaces. The hotel also houses the Cricket Taplin Collection of Contemporary Art. Upon opening the Sagamore in 2001, Cricket and Marty Taplin shared their passion with the world by displaying their magnificent art collection, 25 years in the making. The result is a hotel that feels like a museum or gallery where one can sleep, enjoy the beach or sunbathe in the beautiful pool.
Vintro Hotel & Kitchen
2216 Park Avenue, Miami Beach, Fl 33139 // (305) 674-9200