Design and art lovers everywhere will soon journey to Miami, where, in the next few days Art Basel Miami Beach (5-8 December) and Design Miami/ (3-8 December) will open their doors to professionals and enthusiasts alike.
The two events, together with a packed program of offsite installations, exhibitions, workshops, talks and creative programming, form Miami Art Week, which every year takes over the coastal city in full floridian fashion.
This year's lineup of satellite art fairs has something for everyone.
We’ve put together 7 not-to-be-missed exhibitions and installations during Miami Design Week!
Pink Beasts, Fernando Laposse
Throughout the Miami Design District Miami, FL 33137
The Miami Design District has chosen designer Fernando Laposse for their 2019 Design Commission. For his Miami Design District installation Pink Beasts, Fernando Laposse has commissioned the work of like-minded fiber artist, Angela Damman as well as local artisans in Sacabah, Yucatán as part of the installation.
The installation was handmade by a community of Mayan weavers of Sacabah in Yucatán.
Courtesy of Design Miami
Coral Morphologic’s Coral City Camera
(Preview Day/ Tuesday, December 3 Public Days/ December 4–8; Convention Center Drive between 18th and 19th Streets Miami Beach, FL)
Coral Morphologic is an art-science duo formed by marine biologist Colin Foord and musician J. D. McKay in 2007 in Miami. Coral City Camera is part of Waterproof, a series of site-specific artists’ projects developed in direct response to the environmental issues facing South Florida.
By bringing artists and scientists together, Bridge Initiative curates public art that draws attention to the impacts of climate change in unique and engaging ways.
Coral Orgy at the New World Center Miami Beach/ Coral Morphologic, 2017/ Courtesy of Coral Morphologic
Yayoi Kusama: 'All The Eternal Love I Have For The Pumpkins' at Ica
(Oct 12, 2019 – Jan 31, 2020) 112 NE 41st St. Suite 106 Miami, FL 33137
ICA Miami presents a special off-site exhibition by pioneering installation artist Yayoi Kusama. On view from October 12 through January 31, 2019 in the Miami Design District, Kusama's All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins (2016) marks the first time that one of Kusama’s signature “Infinity Mirror Rooms” will be on view in Miami.
Versace's South Beach Stories in collaboration with Sasha Bikoff
(Versace 186 NE 39th St. Suites 116 & 216)
A new exhibition by Versace and friend of the House, interior designer, Sasha Bikoff will debut during Art Basel Miami Beach and Design Miami/. Drawing inspiration from the brand’s rich heritage, one-of-a-kind furniture pieces designed by Bikoff will be displayed together with the archive looks they reference. Versace’s Miami Design District boutique will also showcase three settings designed by Sasha, first presented at Fuori Salone during Milan Design Week 2019.
FENDI and Kueng Caputo “Roman Molds”
(Convention Center Drive between 18th and 19th Streets; December 4–8)
FENDI has commissioned the Zurich-based design studio Kueng Caputo (Lovis Caputo and Sarah Kueng) to create ten design pieces intended to decorate the exterior colonnade of its iconic headquarters, the Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana, on the Roman outskirts. This architectural icon serves as the starting point for Kueng Caputo’s exploration of the ways in which the building and FENDI DNA interact. The resulting collection, Roman Molds, captures the tension that has historically informed much of the house’s best output—traditional craft disrupted by innovation. The collection of ten pieces are meant to be building blocks that in multiplication would create a series of intimate “rooms” for socializing, escaping, and working on the grand loggias of the Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana.
Roman Molds/Kueng Caputo, 2019/ Courtesy of FENDI/ Photo: Paola Caputo
Visionnaire and Marc Ange “Garden of Beauty”
(Visionnaire Showroom, 2063 Biscayne Blvd)
Debuting at the Visionnaire showroom during Design Miami and Art Basel, The Garden of Beauty exhibit will feature Il Pavone, a capsule collection designed by Artist and Designer Marc Ange which draws inspiration from the “Bestiary” of the ancient world and the seductive yet fragile Beauty of the Peacock.
Virgil Abloh: “Dollar a gallon” III, 2019 Paseo Ponti
(Between NE 40th & 41st Streets)
Dollar a Gallon is a sculpture by artist Virgil Abloh presenting a window into the artist's study and research of the effect of advertising on the impressionable. The work serves as a comprehensive lighthouse of mixed media.
The framework is reminiscent of a gasoline sign relaying information about various types of gasoline and the respective pricing, while also being the commodity of an advertised sponsor. The series of global occurrences of this work was considered specifically for the Miami Design District, where its final positioning implies the concept of commerce and necessity re-packaged as a brand — while underscoring the relevancy via location.