Celebrating 20 years of Art Basel in Miami Beach

Discover what’s in store for the fair’s anniversary year – its largest edition yet

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Since 2002, Art Basel in Miami Beach has been a highlight of the art world calendar, connecting the art scenes of North and South America, Europe and beyond in a celebration of contemporary art. This year marks the fair’s 20th anniversary, with UBS proud to be the Lead Partner from the beginning, and will see its largest edition to date – featuring 282 exhibitors from 38 countries and territories, 26 of those participating for the first time.

Pushing the boundaries

One of the many highlights from the fair is the Meridians sector, a space for artists to explore their practice beyond the standard art fair booth. Curated by Magalí Arriola, Director of Museo Tamayo in Mexico City, she says the 20 large-scale installations will open “new perspectives for art’s activism around gender and race” and evoke “optimism and hope to how we might envision our future.”

Some of the works on display include a monumentally scaled, hand-crocheted wall-hanging by pioneering feminist artist Judy Chicago, and a new bronze-sculpture by visual activist Zanele Muholi.

Reimagining: New Perspectives

The UBS Art Studio, our public booth located at the entrance of the fair, will feature some of the UBS Art Collection’s recent acquisitions - each offering a unique perspective and invite us to reimagine our world.

‘Floater 73’ (2018) by Derrick Adams explores the representation of African American contemporary life, while Ibrahim Mahama incorporates new and used fabrics from Ghana to explore themes of globalization and migration in ‘Peace of Mind’ (2013 – 2022).

The works are also featured in the soon-to-be-released publication “Reimagining: New Perspectives” from the UBS Art Collection, which will be available to exclusively preview at the fair.

Hear how art can inspire change directly from the artists in an exciting panel discussion featuring Amanda Williams, Tunji Adeniyi-Jones and Hugo McCloud, moderated by curator and art-critic Larry Ossei-Mensah. Join us in the convention centre auditorium on December 2, 1-2pm EST, or watch on ubs.com/artforall.

Beyond the show floor

The fair will also put a spotlight on Miami’s thriving art ecosystem, with museums and galleries around town opening new and exciting exhibitions.

Explore the effects of climate change in the context of minerology, with new works by artist Jamilah Sabur in “The Harvesters” at The Bass, or discover the extraordinary De La Cruz Collection, with an exhibition of works by iconic artists from Sarah Morris to Rashid Johnson.

Online Viewing Rooms for art lovers around the world to explore gallery displays beyond the show floor, as well as exclusive behind-the-scenes content and live streams from the Conversations program.