MiMi’s Art Basel Bible: A Running List of Parties, PopUps, Booze … Oh, and Art (Maybe. If There is Time.)

MiMi’s cutting right to the chase here because Art Basel / Miami Art Week is upon us. This is a rolling post of every Basel invite that’s snaked its way into our over-stuffed inbox, so we just did a quick and dirty dump of it here. This is what you want. This is what you need. Because we’re updating our list daily as more invites come through, keep checking back like the good party crashers you are, especially you, Shaggy Steve.

Ours is not a distillation of the “best” parties and exhibitions. There is no time for “curated” lists (but if you want those, feel free to go here, here and here), At this moment, we are industrially hydrating in preparation for all the Ruinart and Perrier-Jouet we’ll soon be hoovering down our privileged Miami gullets.


Faena Art invites you to the inauguration of the second annual Faena Festival: The Last Supper with seminal works, new commissions, installations, videos, and performances. Mon, December 2, 2019, 6:00 PM – 11:30 PM Faena Hotel Miami Beach, 3201 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33140. RSVP here.

HELLO MIAMI is a happy, colorful and creatively collaborative pop-up imagined by Mira Mikati and Sarah Andelman of Just An Idea. Brands represented are: Mira Mikati’s Eternal Summer-centric collections, Mira Mikati x William LaChance basketballs, Mira Mikati x MR capsule collection and iPhone cases with Casetify, The Skateroom x Vik Muniz skateboards, Superflower CBD skincare, L/Uniform bags and accessories, Roxanne Assoulin bracelets, MOOD Christofle by Pharrell Williams & Jean Imbert, Chinatown Market basketball in collaboration with artist Victor Solomon, PANGAIA x Haroshi capsule t-shirts, Cha Cha Matcha drinks, Amrose embroidered crochet trainers, and more. HELLO Miami will be open from Sunday, December 1st to Sunday, December 8th: 11:00am – 8:00pm. Follow @hellomiami for regular updates. 180 NE 40th St, Miami, FL

Trippy, tech-y art at ARTECHOUSE

Celebrating its first anniversary this Miami Art Week, ARTECHOUSE Miami offers a completely unique sensory experience that allows guests to explore art in a whole new way. For Miami Art Week, the digital art space will be showcasing its newest exhibition Infinite Space by Refik Anadol. This exhibition explores memories and dreams through the mind of a machine and features the artist’s world-renowned immersive installation “Infinity Room,” which has been seen by more than two million people around the world. Complimentary daytime admission will be extended to guests with a pass to Art Basel Miami Beach, Design Miami, SCOPE, PAMM Members, and Cultivist Members on Monday, December 2, Wednesday, December 4 and Thursday, December 5 from 12PM-5PM and Tuesday, December 3 from 12-3PM. ARTECHOUSE will then open to the public on Friday, December 6. 

Downtown Miami’s historic DuPont building will once again host the Prizm Art Fair. Renowned for exhibiting international artists from Africa and emerging markets, the creative works will reflect global trends in contemporary art, sculpture, mixed media, and installations. Additionally, Prizm will feature emerging Miami-based artists focusing on socio-political and cultural issues pertinent to the people of African descent in Miami and around the world. FREE and open to the public. December 2 – 8, 2019. 169 E Flagler St #5, Miami, FL 33131


The Standard Hotel, Miami Beach is unveiling a series of design collaborations between Miu Miu and M/M Paris – The M/Marbles Stool – in residency in The Garden.  This will be the first US iteration of this iconic partnership, as the original stool, M/Matching Colorstool, launched during Salone del Mobile di Milan earlier this year, and will be an elevation of the first version, featuring a combination of palm wood, crepe rubber, and hand-blown Murano glass pegs. The Standard Spa, Miami Beach, 40 Island Ave.: December 3rd – 8th – 10am -7pm

The Standard Hotel Garden

The heroic adventures of Torpedo Boy and his battles in the Moundverse continue at Locust Projects with a new site-specific installation by Houston-based artist Trenton Doyle Hancock–his first project since opening his major survey at MASSMOCA earlier this spring. Hancock’s Moundverse is an epic and fantastical creation myth he started at age 10 with the creation of Torpedo Boy, a well-intentioned, deeply flawed alter-ego superhero who attempts to save the gentle Mounds from the evil Vegans. His narratives–told through paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints, video and installation–explore good and evil, authority, race, class, moral relativism, politics and religion, as well as making unapologetic nods to comic books, illustrations, animations, horror films, and toys. 3852 N Miami Avenue, Tuesday – Saturday from 11AM – 5PM.

As the official Health & Wellness Sponsor of Art Miami 2019, guests will be able to enjoy food and drinks infused with full spectrum CBD at the Veritas Farms Plaza Café located between the Art Miami and Context tents and other locations throughout Art Miami. Additionally, in the café, there will be full spectrum hemp products to sample, a wellness expert on site and a mural by Mr. Brainwash. Art Miami – 30th Anniversary | Tuesday, Dec. 3 – Sunday, Dec. 8.


This parade of Israeli food can be your at the Zahav pop-up.

Chef Michael Solomonov, the five-time James Beard award-winning chef of Zahav, the trailblazing restaurant in Philly, is set to debut a three-day pop-up of his Philadelphia outpost at Habitat, at 1 Hotel South Beach. From December 4th to December 6th, guests will enjoy a four-course, family-style dinner that includes signature dishes such as the Zahav Hummus-Tehina, Cauliflower Baba Ganoush, and Bulgarian Lamb Kebab.  In celebration of Miami Art Week, Melanie Dunea, the award-winning American Photographer and author best known for the book series, My Last Supper, as well as her revealing portraits of some of the world’s most celebrated artists, chef, politicians and intellectuals, will collaborate with Chef Solomonov to bring food and art together. As diners enjoy the flavors of Zahav, Melanie will be painting, swirling, and creating original artwork that she will then photograph and print à la minute for guests to take away and add to their private art collections. Art meets food again in this chapter of Melanie’s series Don’t Play with Your Food-Miami. December 4-6. 2341 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139. Available: 6:00PM – 10:30PM. Visit RESY for Tickets:$195 

Santa Margherita’s Follow the Vine event is taking place from December 4th – December 7th  – an immersive wine tasting & Italian vineyard experience to learn more about the brand and its Italian culture. On-site, you’ll be transported to the brand’s Italian vineyards, with the opportunity to walk through a maze of vines to learn where Santa Margherita wines come from and how they’re produced. The brand’s Pinot Grigio, Prosecco Superiore DOCG, Sparkling Rosé, and Chianti Classico Riserva will be served, alongside light bites. This event is 21+, with IDs being checked at the door. RSVP here.

1 Hotel – Arcadia Earth: Rainbow Cave Installation– open to public; Created from approximately 50,000 salvaged plastic bags—equal to the amount used in Florida State every four minutes—and salvaged fishing nets, artist Basia Goszczynska’s Rainbow Cave celebrates upcycling and the positive effects of color on the human psyche. The work draws attention to the ubiquity of single use plastic bags while encouraging optimistic engagement with environmental issues. December 4 – December 9 | all day; Location: Drift

The eco-chic lobby of the 1 Hotel.

1 Hotel – Makers Mark Presents: Garden to Glass open to public; reservations suggested. Makers Mark invites art and bourbon enthusiasts to an Art Basel cocktail activation on the Habitat Terrace. Guests will select fresh fruits and herbs from the Makers Mark bar cart to combine into their own complimentary personalized Makers Mark cocktail. Those who can also join on Sunday for the Basel brunch will have the chance to design their own floral bouquet – perfect to bring home for the holidays. Happy Hour: Wednesday, Dec. 4 – Saturday, Dec. 7 | 6-8pm; Basel Brunch: Sunday, Dec. 8 | 12pm-4pm; Location: Habitat Terrace 

The Arlo Beach Club tent at Nautilus hotel.

Arlo Beach Club (Dec. 4-7, 2019) – Nautilus Hotel will play host to an over-the-top beachfront venue during Miami Art Week. Featuring luxe lounge decor, jungle-esque foliage and direct beach access, the indoor-outdoor tent will open daily at 11 a.m. serving fresh fare and signature cocktails. The space will host dynamic daytime programming leading into the evening, when it will transform into a captivating nightclub with acclaimed DJs and performers. From 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. famed nightclub Up&Down will turn the space into a luxe, late-night nightlife venue, including a dazzling lineup of DJs and world class musical acts. On Wednesday, Dec. 4 and Thursday, Dec. 5, Arlo Beach Club will present a first-time collaboration between Up&Down and internationally renowned performance-based nightclub, THE BOX, to curate an evening of unforgettable live art, including provocative stage shows, participatory living sculptures, and immersive art rituals throughout the night, beginning at 12:30 a.m. Contact ArloBeachClub@arlohotels.com for table reservations; cash bar open until 4 a.m. More info here.

Rosé Garden After Party with Winnie Harlow at Seaspice. Make your way to Seaspice after a day of art and events for an exclusive Rosé Garden After Party hosted by International Model, Winnie Harlow. Wednesday, December 4th 10:00pm; reservation recommended.

And Partners Hides Out with Taste Craft & Wit and One All Every at Surf Lodge Bungalow in W South Beach. And Partners will transform the exterior surfaces of the Surf Lodge pop-up at W South Beach by covering the poolside bungalow in a day-glow camouflage pattern, which graces the cover of the creative shop’s first book Taste Craft & Wit (Assouline). Exploring the breadth and depth of light, texture, perception and play, And Partners joins One All Every in a deep dive into neon, camouflage and humor in an installation by Miami native and And Partners founder David Schimmel. Date and Time: Dec 4 – Dec 8 | 11AM -10PM EST (Bungalow 5). Open to the public.

Rebag and The Daily Front Row Celebrate Art Basel Music by The Misshapes; Wednesday, December 4th 6 PM – 8 PM; Rebag Miami, 140 NE 40th Street, Miami, FL.

From Eden to Sahara’s grand kickoff event at Kimpton Surfcomber Hotel, on Wednesday, December 4 (5-10pm) offers guests a chance to interact with the local Miami creative community and see one of the largest collections of Miami art and design on display this year. This evening soirée in the stylish environs of Surfcomber’s lobby and outdoor area is open-to-the-public and will feature a fashion exhibit, pop-up shops, popular Miami DJs, Sean Bang and Benton, art performances by Forealism, wearing ocean inspired costume designs, live mannequins sporting fashion pieces made from recycled pieces by participating artists, Lucinda Linderman and Kim Yantis, and much more. The food and beverage served throughout the event will complement the art, with vegetarian and organic hors d’oeuvres and rich wine selections provided by Rioja Wines. To RSVP for this event please click here.


World-renowned street artist Alec Monopoly will partner with David Grutman and David “Papi” Einhorn for a special Plate Preview Dinner at Miami Beach hotspot Papi Steak. Starting at 6:00 p.m. in the restaurant’s intimate dining room, guests will enjoy a four-course menu featuring Louis XIII by Remy Martin and signature Papi Steak dishes such as Alec Monopoly’s namesake dish, the Monop-Potato – a double mashed potato topped with crème fraîche and Osetra caviar, served on a limited edition plate designed by Alec Monopoly himself that guests will be able to take home with them. The full plate set will be available for purchase at a later date. The exclusive dinner will be $500++ per guest, with $100 from each ticket benefitting Style Saves, a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring a fresh generation of movers and shakers, and raising money to allocate to underprivileged students in South Florida and beyond. For questions and reservations, please contact Reservations@papisteak.com.

The progressive House of Suntory ‘Tiny House’ is a transportable and elegant Japanese bar that is currently traveling to various locations around the U.S., where guests both inside and outside the structure are treated to the highest form of omotenashi, or Japanese hospitality. The unique and immersive experience highlights the next generation of Japanese spirits from the legendary Suntory brand – Toki Whisky, Haku Vodka and Roku Gin – while educating guests on the unique culture that inspired these spirits and the refreshing nature of the traditional Japanese highball cocktails. Jungle Plaza, 3801 NE 1st Ave, December 5th to 7th from 8PM – 11PM.

The House of Suntory will pop up in the Design District.

Art News x Surf Lodge at W South Beach. And Partners’ visual language will transform W South Beach’s WET Deck area from 9PM – 1AM where Surf Lodge, Art News and Swizz Beatz will host an after-party for 400 guests with music by DJ Cassidy, Mia Moretti and Isaac Likes. Date and Time: Dec 5, 2019 | 9PM – 1AM; Invite ONLY.

Gaultier Paris Haute Couture Gala & Dinner on Thursday, December 5th where guests will join Chef Christophe Raoux of Peninsula Paris for a delectable Parisian four-course dinner, and preview select pieces from Jean Paul Gaultier Haute Couture collections. Live auction items include a private meet-and-greet with Jean Paul Gaultier at his Parisian Atelier, among other select items. All auction proceeds to benefit “The Little Dreams Foundation”, a non-profit organization that helps disadvantaged children with a passion for talent to pursue their dreams. Seats are $1600.00 for the evening, which includes a one-on-one Haute Couture fitting appointment with the exquisite Jean Paul Gaultier design team and atelier.  For shopping inquires they will have private appointments that week as well. 6:30 PM at 1000 Museum Miami | 1000 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132. Please contact gaultier@taraink.com to request a seat


Minnie’s Disco at ALTER Wynwood with one of the DJ trio The Disco Dollz, Ria, on the decks, Ilegal Mezcal featured cocktails all night, and “incredibly priced” late night (until 1am) bites by Chef Brad Kilgore. This party goes to 3am. 223 NW 23rd St, Miami, FL 33127

Hublot x Shepard Fairey | 5 Year Anniversary of Hublot Galerie, Friday, December 6th | 11:30 a.m., Hublot Galerie, 140 NE 39th Street, Miami, FL 33137. Invite only.

Miami Beach Edition – Join Lonely Whale at its latest Museum of Plastic pop-up as it transports the reality of our plastic pollution crisis to the forefront of Miami Art Week at The Miami Beach EDITION with collaborator HP Inc. and media partner ATTN. The installation will be part of his larger mission to identify sustainable solutions for the fashion industry, cultural icon and fashion designer, Heron Preston will unveil a first-of-its-kind pilot program, in collaboration with HP at the Museum. Visitors will be guided through an interactive experience that tells the story of the single-use plastic water bottle, why we use 500 billion globally each year and what is at stake if we don’t take action. The pop-up museum will be open to the public from 12:00-8:00 p.m. on Dec. 6-7 and from 12:00-5:00 p.m. on Dec. 8.

1 Hotel – The Art of Poetry with the Biscayne Poet – open to public. Local Miami poet Oscar Fuentes, also known as The Biscayne Poet, will be stationed in the lobby providing improvisational, personalized poems from his vintage typewriter on recycled 1 Hotel stationary. December 6 – December 7 | 6pm-8pm Location: Drift 

Music by DJ Duo Gumbo Limbo Experiment presented by Peroni at W South Beach – The Gumbo Limbo Experiment is a multi-sensorial show featuring internationally renowned DJ Richie Hell and mutli-media artist Francisca Oyhanarte. The evening will include live music, art installations and projected visuals. Date and Time: Fri Dec. 6, 2019 | 9PM EST – 12AM EST. Open to the Public.

A new exhibition by Versace and friend of the House, interior designer, Sasha Bikoff will debut during Art Basel Miami Beach and Design Miami. Drawing inspiration from the brand’s rich heritage, one-of-a-kind furniture pieces designed by Bikoff will be displayed together with the archive looks they reference. Versace’s Miami Design District boutique will also showcase three settings designed by Sasha, first presented at FuoriSalone during Milan Design Week 2019. Palm Court Event Space, 140 NE 39th Street, 3rd Floor. December 6th and 7th from 11AM – 8PM; December 8th from 12PM – 6PM.

On Friday, December 6th, party-hop with artists as Markowicz Fine Art hosts an Art Basel Takeover party with SELECT, featuring a special book signing with Formento + Formento, LIVE art session, open bar, live beats from DJ Noel, the most thought-provoking art and even a few surprises! The party will invade not one, but two galleries in the Miami Design District to throw the best party yet. To RSVP, email danielle@thedanaagency.com. Markowicz Fine Art/Bel-Air Fine Art & Richard Orlinski Gallery. 110 NE 40th St, Miami, FL 33137. Friday, December 6th, 7-10 p.m.


And Partners Private Book Signing of Taste Craft & Wit by Miami native David Schimmel with Assouline – Stop by for a private book signing of Taste Craft & With by Miami native David Schimmel with Assouline for cocktails and raw bar for select guests, friends and family from 1PM – 3PM and public visiting/signing hours from 3PM – 5PM. Date and Time: Dec 7, 2019. W South Beach, Bungalow 5.


Art Basel Closing Party at Seaspice with Louis Roederer. Say farewell to Art Week 2019 with Seaspice’s Sunday Champagne Celebration. Sunday, December 8th, Brunch 12:00pm-3:30pm, Dinner & After Party: 5:30pm until late.

On Sunday, December 8th, The Standard will host its annual Sunday BBQ, the unofficial closing event of the Basel season. This year’s Don’t Be Lazy Sunday BBQ will promote civic responsibility and voter engagement with the ACLU ahead of the 2020 election. The event will re-introduce Standard Votes while promoting the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project. Alongside The Standard, these brands— Ben & Jerry’s, Catbird, Everlane, La Colombe Coffee Roasters, Levi’s, LOROD, Lyft, Mara Hoffman, Noah, Obey Giant, Outdoor Voices, Postmates, PUMA, and Yola Mezcal—are all committed to raising awareness and funds for the ACLU to bolster voting rights and education in 2020. Tunes will be provided by popular NY nightlife DJ Mazurbate and The Misshapes.

Kiki on The River, the Miami River’s chic indoor/outdoor hotspot is closing out Miami Art Week with a sundown set by GRAMMY Award Winner Cedric Gervais. Put on your dancing shoes and join us for the ultimate Art Week wind down as the artist “Summertime Sadness” and a slew of multi-platinum singles spins us into the sunset. Sunday, December 8th, doors open at 1pm. 

NOVIKOV Miami will be partnering with the all-natural and premium sake, SOTO Sake during the Downtown Miami’s signature dim sum brunch. On December 8th from 12-5 pm, fashionable locals and visitors can enjoy bottles of the smooth and delicate spirit for HALF-PRICE. Additionally, Novikov will honor their Sunday dim sum menu ($23) which include dishes like a Hot and Sour King Crab Soup, Saffron and Sweet Corn Dim Sum, Kimchi and Wagyu Dim Sum, Crispy Peking Duck and Grilled Branzino. Drink specials will also include $23 bottles of Whispering Angel and $40 bottles of Louis Roederer.

Arlo by Nautilus Hotel – Wine Night with Sahar Habibi and Friends (Dec. 8, 2019) – Meet Sahar Habibi, DJ, producer and beatmaker, and join her and the Blind Barber team for an evening with friends, wine and music. With a cult following on Soundcloud, Sahar has mastered the art of soulful throwbacks, R&B and hip-hop mixes, the perfect way to wind down after a full Miami Art Week. Event is free to attend and open to the public at Blind Barber from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m.

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