Art Basel Miami Beach: 2016 Highlights

The 15th edition of Art Basel in Miami Beach opened yesterday, showcasing Modern and contemporary art by established and emerging artists from over 250 of the world's leading galleries.

Works in traditional media such as painting, sculpture and photography sit alongside contemporary installations, films and performance pieces at this much anticipated event in the art calendar, and here are our edited highlights from this year's fair.

  Installation view of Galerie Gmurzynska's booth / Credit: Alain Almiñana for Artsy

Installation view of Galerie Gmurzynska's booth / Credit: Alain Almiñana for Artsy

Galerie Gmurzynska x Rosenthal x Picasso

As a precursor to next year’s major museum exhibitions themed to coincide with the 100-year anniversary of the Russian Revolution, Swiss-based Galerie Gmurzynska is presenting a specially selected collection of Russian Avant-Garde works. Entitled “The Future is Our Only Goal”, the masterpieces, curated by Sir Norman Rosenthal, are on display in an exclusive constructivist booth designed by Claude Picasso.

  Swarm Study III by Random International, commissioned by the Victoria & Albert Museum, June 2011

Swarm Study III by Random International, commissioned by the Victoria & Albert Museum, June 2011

Sotheby’s x Park Hyatt New York x Random International

In partnership with Sotheby’s, which works with the hotel on the curation of its own art collection, the Park Hyatt New York is video-premiering the latest work in the ongoing “Swarm” series by UK-based art collective Random International. The art installation, “Swarm Study XI”, is a recent addition to the Manhattan hotel’s contemporary art portfolio.

  Seated Ballerina by Jeff Koons / Credit: Oceana Bal Harbour and Jeff Koons

Seated Ballerina by Jeff Koons / Credit: Oceana Bal Harbour and Jeff Koons

Oceana Bal Harbour’s Residences x Jeff Koons

Commissioned especially for the beachfront residence, “Seated Ballerina” and “Pluto and Proserpina” by Jeff Koons will be ceremoniously unveiled during this year’s fair. The two art sculptures will be on permanent display in the beachside gardens, forming an integral part of the building.

  Flotsam & Jetsam by SHoP Architects / Credit: Kat Herriman

Flotsam & Jetsam by SHoP Architects / Credit: Kat Herriman

Design Miami/ x SHoP Architects

Gracing the entrance of Design Miami/ is a 3-D pavilion designed by award-winning New York firm SHoP Architects. Constructed in partnership with several industry leaders in fabrication, the installation entitled “Flotsam & Jetsam” will be one of the world’s largest 3-D objects, which after the fair will take up a permanent position in Miami Design District’s Jungle Plaza.

Art Basel Miami Beach runs from 1st December to 4th December 2016.