Art Basel Miami Winter 2013

While Miami is perhaps best known for its white beaches and warm tides, there are even more beautiful sights to behold on this South Beach city with this month’s Art Basel Miami. One of the premier artistic Miami attractions of the entire year, Art Basel Miami Beach is a traveling arts extravaganza that spans multiple galleries, genres, and periods in a dazzling display of modern and contemporary art.

Art Basel Miami Beach will be held from December 5-8, 2013, during which Miami embraces its artistic heritage with an impressive variety of world-class art exhibits, installations, and performances. Hosted by various museums and galleries across the city, you’ll find paintings, sculptures, drawings, photographs, films, and more presented by the world’s premier international artists. You can even find landscape art at Collins Park and SoundScape Park!

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A mural by Shepard Fairey at Art Basel Miami 2012

From its art-deco roots to modern chic design, Miami is a city stepped in cutting edge artistic trends. If you’re interested in checking out more artistic Miami attractions, why not pay a visit to the World Erotic Art Museum? This adults-only museum is a fascinating and tasteful retrospective on the beauty of the human body throughout all of art history – a must-see for lovers of Renaissance art and modern sculpture alike. If architecture is more your style, take an Art Deco Walking Tour to see the best of Miami’s impressive art deco heritage; Miami Beach’s architectural historic district has the highest concentration of art deco buildings in the world!

Art lovers might also consider a visit to one of my personal favorites, the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens – a Miami attraction that combines the beauty of art and architecture with the natural beauty of gardens and landscaping. It’s a stunning place to visit unlike anything else in America – it’s evocative of European-style estates with its fountains and tended walkways, and you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a different world. Vizcaya is one of the only remaining fully restored buildings from the Gilded Age in American, making it historically as well as artistically significant.

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A shot of the Vizcaya Museum.

If you’re looking to make a weekend out of your artistic adventures, the Museum Mile Pass is a great introduction to the Miami art and museum scene. This includes admission to the following attractions: World Erotic Art Museum (as mentioned above); the Wolfsonian (a library / museum / research institute that’s an ideal stop for design nerds); the Bass Museum (a chronologically oriented collection of art and artifacts); and the Jewish Museum of Florida, which focuses particularly on the artistic and cultural history of Jewish culture in Miami. The best part? This package is a steal at only $25 per person!

So if you’re in South Beach this weekend, pay a visit to any of the Art Basel exhibits located throughout Miami (specific locations can be found at the Art Basel Miami site), and be sure to check out some of Miami’s exciting artistic attractions year round.

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