Miami 2018 – Bass Art Museum presents The Haas Brothers: Ferngully, the duo’s first solo museum exhibition populating the recently renovated spaces of Miami Bass Museum with a militia of playful and sometimes irreverent creatures exploring themes of mathematics, science and nature, sexuality, nostalgia and social equity.
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Named Ferngully after a 1992 animated film, the exhibition inaugurated during Miami art and design week and will run until 21 of Aprile 2019. The solo exhibition reveals “a personal journal of our last several years” during which Los Angeles-based twins Nikolai and Simon Haas have created an imaginarium made up of monsters, beasts, flora and fauna.
Ferngully is like “a portrait of our brotherhood” says the designers. “Our work is often born out of a collaborative process, working with craft guilds and other partners from around the world.”
Visitors first encounter the furry family of creatures with gold limbs which made the designers famous. In a second room colours explode. Meet the Afreaks, a quirky family which was developed with beading company Monkeybiz and through South African design platform Southern Guild, which helps to promote local designers.
On show also psychedelic mushrooms and yellow palm trees with trunks made from parachute cables standing out against a purple wall. The latest family of creatures debuts at The Bass as well: big eyes, colourful shapes, irreverent poses and a tongue-in-cheek attitude.
The Haas Brothers’ objects are situated between the contexts of art and design, frequently departing from the functional, and moving towards the exclusively sculptural. Over the past years they have been “positing a link between Nature functional imprint and man-made forms. Ferngully, positions the viewer in an immersive environment that evokes cycles of renewal and rebirth found in nature,” explain at the Bass Museum.
The Haas Brothers: Ferngully is organized by Silvia Karman Cubiñá, The Bass Executive Director and Chief Curator in collaboration with the museum assistant curator Leilani Lynch.
All photos by Zachary Balber – Courtesy of The Bass, Miami Beach.