Art Basel is one of those things I’ve wanted to do for a really long time but I kept on putting it off. If you don’t know this about me yet, I went to an art/design school so my entire college experience was surrounded and encompassed by different types of art. I have a deep appreciation for the arts in all of its forms.
Art Basel is just one of those things that is the pinnacle of art-related events. So, finding out that it would be canceled this year because of Covid-19 was really disappointing. I was hopeful that by the end of the year things would have calmed down, boy was I wrong. Art Basel is more than just an art exhibition its art culture, there are brands involved, hotel properties, and celebrities. It’s a whole experience; events and parties leading up to the main event and art installations scattered all around the Miami Beach area. The event is a sight to behold and it cannot be explained, you need to experience it for yourself. Before going I didn’t get it but the exhibition definitely lived up to and exceeded the hype for me.
My First Art Basel Experience
Last year I went for the first time and was in awe of the sheer size and the amount of art and artists in one place. It was honestly overwhelming at first and I had to step back and create a gameplan. I learned a lot from my time there and I have a much better idea of how to manage my time. It is really hard to see the art and artists you’re interested in without a plan. After that weekend I was kicking myself, wondering why I had put off going for so long. I decided that I wanted to return year after year if possible.
Covid Laughed at My Plans
I had a whole series planned out for the months leading up to the 2020 event; a guide on where to stay, what to do, musts sees, and how to navigate the huge space effectively. But with lockdowns, border closures, and then the cancellation of Art Basel those topics weren’t really relevant right now. Fingers crossed for next year. This is an appreciation post so I can share some of the beautiful pieces I saw with you. I hope you enjoy the pictures from my time at Art Basel, let me know if you have been before in the comments. I would love to hear about your experience at past events and any tips you have to offer.