Miami 2018 – The art and design world descends on the Magic City for a long-attended week-end of creative extravaganza. We picked 7 must see events, fairs and exhibitions which offer also a chance to tour some of the best contemporary architecture in town.
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Art Basel Miami
1901 Convention Center Drive – Miami Beach, FL 33139 [Map].
The brand-new Miami Beach Convention Center which is being renovated by Fentress Architects hosts the week-end big kahuna. Meander through 250,000 square feet of pure creativity hosting Art Basel sister fair where Mexican conceptual artist Abraham Cruzvillegas built a dance stage out of trash – performances at 3pm and 5 pm.
Get inspired at the NOVA section featuring emerging galleries and explore the POSITIONS area hosting solo exhibitions. Here Sao Paolo SIM Galleria showcases the architectural and minimalistic artwork of Marcelo Moscheta. Fancy an Electrolux Guitar? At Annely Juda Fine Art, Darren Lago creates quirky and hybrid ready-made merging furnirture and home appliances.
Meridian Avenue & 19th Street – Miami Beach [Map].
DesignMiami 2018 features 33 of the most influential design galleries across the globe and an exhibition platform showcasing 11 cabinets of curiosity. From an installation supporting immigrants’ families divided at the US-Mexico border to Walt Disney’s 1930s offices and a sofa that could have escaped from a Pollock’s painting. Read our report…
Ferngully @ The Bass Museum
Collins Avenue – Miami Beach [Map].
Fresh from a $12 million reboot, the Bass Art Museum showcases a solo show by the LA duo The Haas Brothers. Named after 1992 animated film Ferngully, the ‘utopic’ exhibition is filled with hallucinogenic creatures and features beadwork, ceramics, velvet, and blown-glass elements, combined to look like a forest.
Faena district – Miami Beach [Map].
“I wanted to create a platform that was more about unity than division,” says Zoe Lukov, the curator of Miami’s inaugural Faena Festival which features artist performances and public art on the beach until December 9. Titled This Is Not America, the the free-to-all event takes its cue from the Chilean-born, US-based artist Alfredo Jaar’s animation A Logo for America.
José Carlos Martinat’s glowing sculptures at Pérez Art Museum
1103 Biscayne Boulevard – Downtown Miami [Map].
How political issues trickle down to Americans in the media? 15 kinetic neon sculptures by Peruvian artist José Carlos Martinat glow at the Pérez Art Museum Miami – or simply PAMM. The installation depicts political iconography – from historic images to internet memes – at the landmark downtown building designed by Herzog & de Meuron which kicks off its 35th anniversary this year.
Larry Bell @ ICA Miami
61 Northeast 41st Street – Miami Design District [Map].
Larry Bell’s architectural artworks interplaying shape, light and space shine at the new ICA Miami. The exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Art Museum features large coloured-glass installations and pieces from Bell’s early Cube series to more recent photography and video.
801 Ocean Drive – Miami Beach [Map].
The 18th edition of SCOPE Miami Beach art fair returns to Ocean Drive with a bespoke pavilion on the sand hosting 140 international exhibitors from 25 countries. Here, urban artist Okuda San Miguel’s created a monumental piece presiding over the entrance to the fair.
1001 Ocean Drive – Miami Beach [Map].
Superfine! touches down on Miami Beach with a splash: 48 booths of independent solo artists and galleries from Miami ranging from street art to independent collectible design from around the globe. Set within the historic Art Deco Welcome Center, Superfine! enforces a spread of pricing and transparency friendly to both long-time collectors and those who have never collected before, but want to. Whatever your budget, you’re bound to discover the perfect piece for your casita or castle.