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Art Basel Miami Beach is an international art show with a pro-
gram of special exhibitions, performances, panel discussions,
visits to private collections, and crossover events featuring film,
music, and design. The international art show attracted a record
number of 40,000 visitors. In large part they were art collectors,
artists, curators, critics, dealers, and art afficionados, who flew in
from art capitals all over the USA and the rest of the world. More
collectors' groups from Europe and Latin America were wel-
comed, with many first-timers among them. International mu-
seum and collectors' groups came from the Great Britain,
Germany, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Spain,
Hungary, Russia, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, China and Canada.

Art Basel Miami Beach was also privileged to welcome many
prominent guests to the invitation only opening. More than 100
museums form around the globe were represented by delega-
tions from their boards of trustees, including delegations from
the Tate Modern, London, the Museum of Modern Art, the
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The Jewish Museum, the
DIA Art Foundation all from New York, the ICA Boston, the
Museum of Contemporary Art of Chicago, the Dallas Museum of
Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Art of
Houston, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the Detroit In-
stitute of Arts, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the Mamco in
Geneva and the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art.

The public's interest in modern and contemporary art is bur-
geoning and the art market remains strong. According to sur-
veys by the Show Management, all exhibiting galleries suc-
ceeded in finding buyers for art works they exhibited. The large
majority reported good to excellent sales results. Buying was
strong in all categories, from works by young artists for less than
5,000 USD to museum-quality masterpieces priced at several
million dollars. The art market continues to expand, thanks
mainly to the support of a growing number of private collectors.
The number of public and private museums in the United States
and overseas is also on the rise.

Many leading art world personalities participated in or attended
the Art Basel Conversations and the Art Salon. This new net-
working platform was well received by the audience. Participat-
ing artists, architects, journalists, curators, filmmakers, and
biennale and museum directors were pleased to meet such a
competent audience.