Art Basel Festival, Miami

December 3, 2011 by staff 

Art Basel Festival, Miami, Art Basel Miami Beach is a platform for artists all across the world, but one country in particular is making a big splash at this year’s art festival.

Brazil, the fifth-largest country in the world, is part of the growing Latin American presence at the art extravaganza. But it’s not just about art. As Brazilians and other Latin Americans fly in for the fair, Miami-area real estate developers are enticing potential customers with special Basel packages. Meanwhile upscale Brazilian design and furnishing companies like Ornare and Artefacto are hosting parties and conferences on architecture and design.

Regina de Almeida, one of the founders and directors of the Institute of Contemporary Culture in S?o Paulo, and a longtime collector of Brazilian works, says she’s seen a rapid internationalization of the country’s art, thanks in part to Brazil’s booming economy, which grew by 7.5 percent last year.

In the past, she said, Brazil was something of a cultural island.

“The new mobility that galleries today have abroad, this didn’t use to happen 20 years ago,” she said. “It used to be art just for us.”

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