Art Basel is making plans for its post-COVID return to Miami Beach. The fair announced this week that it will open a day early to VIP guests, giving collectors an additional private viewing day. The close will also be a day earlier than usual, with the last public viewing day on Saturday versus the traditional Sunday. This year’s invitation-only VIP preview dates will be Tuesday, November 30 and Wednesday, December 1 with public viewing days Thursday, December 2 to Saturday, December 4. The Meridians section which showcases large-scale installations will open by invitation-only on Monday, November 29.
To keep attendance at levels that can protect health and safety, ticket sales for the event at the Miami Beach Convention Center will be limited.
“The health and safety of visitors and participants is Art Basel’s utmost priority, and the fair is working closely with the relevant authorities and following international public health recommendations to ensure a safe show come December,” Art Basel noted in its announcement. “To better control the occupancy of the halls, only a limited number of tickets will be sold.” Tickets will be available in October.
Also this week, Art Basel's Director of Americas, Noah Horowitz, announced he will step down next month, four months before the Miami Beach fair. He has been in the role for six years.
More information on Art Basel Miami Beach 2021 can be found here.
Art Basel Miami Beach to Open and Close a Day Early in 2021:
Post-pandemic protocol will limit number of attendees
City’s projected budget gap gets smaller as a result
Commissioners will consider several proposals this week