Art Basel Miami 2017 Preview

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This Thursday, the most talented and trendiest artist from around the world will be taking their talents to South Beach!  Art Basel Miami is one of the largest contemporary and modern art festivals in the world.  Here's a little preview of what's to come before you see it on your favorite influencer's feeds!

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Thursday night's kick-off parties include some of the biggest events of the weekend.  These soirees usually consist of some kind of collaboration between brands, venues, celebrities, and/or DJs.  Moschino, 1OAK, AMEX, Diplo, and Rick Ross are a handful of the many hosts and performers taking over Opening Night.  However, one of the most hyped parties of the night is the Assouline x Sotheby's Surf Lodge pop up celebrating Andy Warhol.  If you can't make it to this exclusive event, but still want to take in a little culture, stop by the free Mural Festival at the Basel House!

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Once you're hit with the light of day on Friday, you're going to want to soak in the rays & some art. The official Art Basel venue is the Miami Beach Convention Center, where over 200 galleries will display work from over 4,000 artists over the course of the weekend.  However, the scope of the festival far exceeds the convention center.  Since Art Basel arrived in Miami 16 years, it's inspired many art-centric events.  Check out some satellite galleries, like Pulse and Scope, which will showcase many different artists.  Stop by Perrier-Jouet's colorful installation at Design Miami, where you can also see work from other world leaders in design. 

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AMEX will be in the middle of all the action, with the brand's takeover of the EDITION Hotel.  The credit card company will be hosting events for cardholders throughout the weekend, but its Mirror Maze, designed by Es Devlin, will be a fixture at the hotel throughout the festival.  BMW will also be hosting a weekend-long experience, as the car company and the Faena Hotel have sponsored a nightly flying drone sculpture.  Designed by Studio Drift, the Franchise Freedom consists of a swarm of 300 drones, combining technology and performance art.  

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Art Basel Miami offers an endless amount of creative exhibits and unique experiences.  Cap off your art appreciation with the Museum of Ice Cream Soiree or a pool-side party at the Versace Mansion, and you'll have an unforgettable weekend.