An inspired duo

Matti Herrera Bower, Mayoress of Miami Beach, and State Councillor Hans-Peter Wessels at the contract signing ceremony in Miami Beach.

Basel and Miami Beach (USA) have enjoyed a close relationship for many years. After the Art Basel Miami Beach took place for the first time in 2002, a regular exchange began to take place between the two cities. The sister event, Art Basel in Florida, celebrated its tenth edition in December 2011.

As part of this anniversary, the cooperation between the two art metropolises has been officially sealed in a City Partnership: a delegation from Miami Beach under the leadership of Mayor Matti Herrera Bower visited the Art 42 Basel from June 15 - 19, 2011, and signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in the Basel Town Hall (Rathaus). The City Partnership Contract itself was concluded on November 28, 2011 as the prelude to the Art Fair in Miami Beach.

The focus of the Basel’s city partnership is on the interests of both sides in culture, tourism, economic development and education. The City of Miami Beach has a strong concentration of institutions, initiatives and companies in these areas. In addition, due to its position, it also creates an interesting bridge to Latin America.


Art Basel in Miami Beach

Video from The Daily Buzz about Basel and Art Basel (2013)