Art Basel Goes Big On Miami Beach

Susan Askew
Susan Askew

Art Basel Goes Big On Miami Beach:

New, large-scale installations planned

Art Basel plans to take full advantage of the new 60,000 sq ft Grand Ballroom in the Miami Beach Convention Center (MBCC). Meridians, “an ambitious new sector” featuring large-scale sculptures and paintings, installations, film and video projections, and live performances will premiere at the art show this December, utilizing the large space above the main exhibit hall.
 
“The new space – a result of the extensive refurbishment of the MBCC – enables Art Basel to introduce a new sector for art works that push the boundaries of a traditional art fair layout,” according to a press release from Art Basel. “Meridians will provide galleries with a unique opportunity to present ambitious, monumental works at the Miami Beach edition.”
 
Meridians curator Magalí Arriola, said, “I am thrilled to steer this fantastic project. Meridians brings enormous possibilities to Art Basel in Miami Beach, creating a vibrant platform for large-scale sculptures, installations and moving image works, as well as performance – which did not have a dedicated space at the fair until now,” according to the release.
 
Noah Horowitz, Art Basel’s Director Americas, said, “We are extremely excited to introduce Meridians to our upcoming Miami Beach show this December. The sheer scale of the Grand Ballroom and its immediate proximity to the show floor give us unprecedented opportunities to present ambitious artistic projects that go far beyond the limits of the conventional art fair layout. In combination with the new floorplan and show design that we’ve introduced over the last two years – as a result of the completed renovations of the MBCC – this initiative heralds an exciting new chapter for Art Basel in Miami Beach.” 
 
The connection between the second floor Grand Ballroom and first floor exhibit hall was made possible by the addition of an elevator/escalator specifically requested by Art Basel. The City agreed to add them to the construction already underway as part of the negotiations for a long-term agreement. The agreement, signed in 2017, includes an initial five-year term with a five-year renewal option.

 
The new Grand Ballroom at the Miami Beach Convention Center

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