November 23, 2003 - Art Basel - Miami Beach
November 23, 2003

Miami Beach

Art Basel Miami Beach

Miami Beach Convention Center
Miami Beach Florida, USA
Entrances: Convention Center Drive and Washington Avenue
Daily from noon to 8 p.m. Closing day from noon to 6 p.m.

Duration and opening hours: Thursday December 4th to Sunday December 7th, 2003

The second edition of Art Basel Miami Beach, which takes place from December 4 to 7, 2003, will be better and bigger. A record number of more than 500 galleries applied for participation, 93% of last years exhibitors reapplied. All the sections of the international art show have been strengthened with a total of 40 newly admitted galleries, which makes the range of participants at this year’s Art Basel Miami Beach even more outstanding than before. «We wanted to increase the quality of Art Basel Miami Beach even further, and we succeeded. Art Basel Miami Beach is clearly the best art show on the American continent», comments Samuel Keller, Director of Art Basel Miami Beach. Art Basel Miami Beach is an international art event which combines an art fair with an exciting program of special exhibits, visits to private art collections and crossover events featuring music, film, sports, architecture and design. At the heart of the event are the 175 leading galleries from North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia and South Africa which will exhibit visual art from the 20th and 21st centuries


«New Curator for «Art Video Lounge»: The British curator Chrissie Iles (The Whitney Museum, New York) has been appointed as new person in charge of «Art Video Lounge». She will look after the program of videos and films at Art Basel Miami Beach in 2003. The «Art Video Lounge» will be set up in the public library of Miami Beach. Admission is free and it is open to the public.

«Art Nova»: With «Art Nova», Art Basel Miami Beach is launching a further special sector where emerging galleries can benefit from attractive rates for showing the latest works of their artists. The Selection Committee chose 13 galleries from around 100 applications. Three each are from the USA and Germany, two from Great Britain, one each from Brazil, Mexico, Austria, Italy and the Netherlands.

«Art Basel Conversations» Leading curators, private collectors and architects such as Cuanthemoc Medina (Independent curator and critic, advisor for Latin American art collection of Tate Modern, London), Glenn Lowry (Director, The Museum of Modern Art, New York), Barbara Bloemink (Director of the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum, New York), Steven Learner (Architect, Steven Learner Studio, New York), Beatrice Trussardi (Fashion Desegner, Milan), Rafael A Romero D (Director, Colección Cisneros Venezuela), will be discussing the art of collecting, architecture for art collections, and private art collections in public.

«Crossover Events»

In «Art Loves Film», Kathryn Bigelow and the actor Ralph Fiennes are presenting the movie «Strange Days», Muhammat Ali and Jeff Koons will be present at the book launching event of the monumental publication on the life of the “Greatest of all time”, and Lenny Kravitz is the star of the «Art Loves Music» evening.

«Special sectors» In the «Art Statements» sector, 16 one-person shows are being presented with young artists from 11 countries, and «Art Position» will feature 20 cutting-edge galleries showing their program in shipping containers refurbished as exhibition rooms on the beach.

«Museums and private collections» Miami Art Central (MAC) is opening with an exhibition entitled «Ten Floridians»; the Museum of Contemporary Art in Miami is showing a retrospective of Richard Artschwager, and in the «Moore Space» there is an exhibition curated by Hans-Ulrich Obrist. The Rubell Family Collection is open to the public during Art Basel Miami Beach, as well as the Marguelies Collection at the Warehouse.

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