After a hiatus of large-format live celebrations, Art Basel Miami Beach is due to come back with a vengeance. And lots of champagne.
Organizers of the fair started their 2020 with hopes of celebrating Art Basel’s 50th birthday and suffice it to say, the year didn’t go as planned. Now, nearing the end of 2021, art aficionados, culture vultures, and party-goers will merrily flock to Miami for its usual format.
The official exhibition runs from December 2 through 4, and will host hundreds of artists and prominent international galleries to showcase some of the greatest new works the contemporary art scene has to offer. Outside the main show, of course, Miami will play host to a number of satellite exhibitions, celebrity performances, outdoor installations, hotel collaborations, experiential retail pop-ups, and more, that will usher in a triumphant return of the cultural affair.
From Chanel’s multi-sensory labyrinth in Jungle Plaza to the American Express Platinum Studio, here are the best events you can’t miss.
Monday, November 29
The Dior Medallion Chair Exhibition
Dior will debut its Medallion Chair Exhibition in the U.S. during Design Miami and Art Basel at SuperBlue, a new arts center dedicated to supporting artists in realizing their vision and engaging audiences with experiential art. The iconic Medallion Chair has become a pillar of the House of Dior, and — similar to Dior’s Lady Art Project — has been reinterpreted by select international artists.
Wynwood Walls “Agents of Change”
Wynwood Walls, the famed epicenter of the Wynwood Arts District known worldwide for its ever-changing collection of curated art, has announced this year’s theme — “Agents of Change” — and the debut of 13 new installations. CEO and Curator Jessica Goldman Srebnick has selected a roster of global artists, a mix of influential names and up-and-coming, to create new murals at the Wynwood Walls for this year’s celebration of art festivities.
LnS Gallery Presents Petropias: A Solo Exhibition by Tony Vazquez-Figueroa
LnS Gallery is showcasing a solo exhibition by Miami-based artist, Tony Vazquez-Figueroa titled “Petropias” through January 22. Curated by Tami Katz-Freiman, this exhibition is the culmination of three years of work by Vazquez-Figueroa — paintings, photography, and sculptures — which showcase the multimedia artist’s interpretation of the worldwide impact of the petroleum industry and a very personal investigation of oil-rich countries. LnS GALLERY is located at 2610 SW 28 Lane.
Unveiling of “The Bodies Left Behind”
Ben Josef, Olarte Kanavos and the Lowenstein family are hosting a panel and cocktail reception at The Ritz-Carlton South Beach to celebrate Ghanaian artist, Serge Attukwei Clottey’s “The Bodies Left Behind,” a site-specific installation curated by Neville Wakefield. The event will be hosted in collaboration with humanitarian and Michelin-star chef, José Andres.
Tuesday, November 30
Chanel No. 5 Centenary Celebration
The French fashion house is taking over Miami Design District’s Jungle Plaza with a full-size, multi-sensory labyrinth installation by immersive artist, Es Devlin, to celebrate the 100th birthday of its iconic fragrance, Chanel No. 5. The massive sculpture will be flanked by over 1,000 trees, measuring 100 feet in diameter with walls up to 22 feet high, and will be activated with sound, light and scent components. Once the labyrinth is dismantled, the temporary “forest” will be replanted in parks throughout Miami-Dade County. The installation will be open to the public through end of December.
Louis Vuitton Men’s Spring-Summer 2022
Louis Vuitton is bringing its spring men’s collection to Miami Design District for a sunset runway show, showcasing the latest threads by creative director, Virgil Abloh.
Ruinart’s Unconventional Bubbles
For one evening only, artist David Shrigley’s playful take on the world of Ruinart will come to life at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden from 5-7 p.m. Discover life-size interpretations of the artist’s witty designs, which bring offbeat humor to nature and the wine-making process amongst the lush garden greenery. Bites will be provided by Chef Flynn McGarry to complement the Ruinart champagne service, with tunes by DJ Timo Weiland.
RIMOWA “As Seen By”
Since the first RIMOWA aluminum suitcase was created in 1937, the German luggage company has become synonymous with the striking, minimalist metal. Now, this legacy is being celebrated through “As Seen By,” a curated exhibition of artworks reimaging their aluminum materials through the lens of local artists and craftsmen throughout the world. Following the success of its Paris debut in October, the next stop will be the RIMOWA Miami Design District boutique to showcase unique pieces by local US artists (announced in the coming weeks) through December 5.
Inaugural NFT BZL Conference at FTX Arena
NFT BZL, presented by Mana Tech, will be hosting its first major conference designed to educate, bring ideas and encourage innovation. For one day only, the conference will offer unparalleled access to the biggest names in technology with a lineup of speakers, panelists and a snapshot into the latest industry trends. Attendees will have the opportunity to engage with leading NFT platforms and Metaverse partners including event co-host AEXLAB, The Sandbox, VaynerNFT, OneOf, Polygon, Worldwide Asset eXchange (WAX), Algorand, NFT Now and Nifty Gateway. Click here to purchase tickets.
The Confidante x Museum of Graffiti Skatepark
The Confidante and Museum of Graffiti are teaming up with talented female graffiti artists, activists and skaters from around the world from November 30 to December 2 to create, paint and activate a custom, large-scale skate ramp in the hotel’s backyard. Visitors can look forward to skate demonstrations from the Skate Nymphs, a female empowerment panel hosted by Yes Julz on December 2, and an art exhibit by Few and Far Women of 30 pieces throughout the first floor of The Confidante. All work will be available for purchase and a scannable QR-code with a custom audio tour will be open to the public.
Wednesday, December 1
Dom Pérignon Yacht Concierge
Dom Pérignon is hosting exclusive champagne experiences on a customized yacht, setting sail along Biscayne Bay with white glove delivery of exceptional packages that include everything you need for a one-of-a-kind fête on a boat or waterfront residence. The pinnacle expression of the champagne house is featured in the ICON package, which includes 33 coveted vintages, exclusive ice chests, a stone crab and Petrossian caviar pairing, and a personalized expert on-hand. The Dom Pérignon yacht concierge is available December 1-4, and can be reserved with 24-hour notice on Our Cellar.
Icons, Transformed: Shutterstock x Bradley Theodore Collaboration at W South Beach
Shutterstock is collaborating with distinguished global artist Bradley Theodore for an invite-only cocktail party at W South Beach. The event will include a pop-up gallery showcasing a selection of Theodore’s latest creative innovation, transforming visuals from Shutterstock’s premium collection of photography into his well-known skeletal design. During the event, the multidisciplinary artist will create a live studio art wall painting in real time over iconic visuals from Shutterstock’s premium collection, encouraging guests to participate. He will also perform a DJ set and there will be limited edition gifts available for guests.
Daniel Arsham Sketchbook Signing
Artist Daniel Arsham will be celebrating the release of Sketchbook, featuring never-before-seen drawings by the renowned contemporary artist. Arsham will be present to sign copies during this exclusive pre-sale event at the Miami Beach EDITION from 4-6 p.m.
Kid Cudi and Richie Akiva are celebrating 8 Moncler Palm Angels at Faena Forum with music by Zack Bia and more.
Thursday, December 2
La Prairie Beach Club
The La Prairie Beach Club is designed to celebrate the brand’s support of the elevation of culture through contemporary art. The pop-up will offer guests a beachfront installation to enjoy signature indulgences from La Prairie’s Swiss Luxury House through “Art of Perfection” beauty treatments, umbrellas and lounge chairs, and a raised deck for seating and mingling. Additionally, La Prairie will reveal its latest artistic collaboration – with Taiwanese new media artist, choreographer and dancer Wen-Chi Su, commissioned Su to translate the magical encounter of light and water into a performance. The Beach Club will take place from 12 – 4 p.m.
American Express Platinum Studio
American Express will host Platinum Studio, an oasis on the beach outside of The Miami Beach EDITION from December 2-4. Throughout the week, American Express plans to have curated programs and experiences that celebrate emerging creators. The Platinum Studio Collectable Experience, in partnership with Artsy, will be an interactive and shoppable exhibit featuring upwards of 20 works by diverse groups of contemporary artists. Major Food Group will bring Carbone favorites like the Spicy Rigatoni Vodka on Friday and Saturday, and signature classes by Equinox will be held including yoga, sound bath, and immersive Pilates to unwind in between events. The week will be capped Saturday night with UNSTAGED, featuring a performance by superstar, Lizzo.
Hästens Grand Vividus Unveiling with Designer Ferris Rafauli
Hästens Miami will debut the coveted $500,000 Grand Vividus Bed in the Miami Design District Showroom (112 NE 41 St., Suite 100) alongside Ferris Rafauli, the designer of Drake’s infamous Toronto home. To recharge in between events, Hästens is also offering “Sleep Spa Basel Breaks” in their showroom. Call to schedule a personal trial and private sleep session on the “world’s most comfortable bed,” with spa experiences like acupuncture and massage treatments by Dr. Irina Logman and Rejooviness, along with refreshments, masks, noise-cancelling headphones, lavender scents, mood-lighting, and more.
Cocktails & Chill
CBD-infused sparkling water, Quatreau and VICE are hosting “Cocktails & Chill” at Generator Miami from 5-7 p.m. with craft cocktails made by the mixologists of Bar Lab. If you’re up for a good sweat in the midst of a busy week, limited spots are available earlier that day for an energetic full-body HOUSEWORK workout class by Sydney Miller at 10 a.m., followed by a relaxing Sound Bath experience at 11 a.m.
Friday, December 3
Pimp Your Bag with Olivia Steele and Vee Collective
Open to the public from 1-7 p.m. at Showfields Miami, contemporary visual artist Olivia Steele will be customizing Vee Collective bags. Made from 100% recyclable materials, Vee Collective bags are designed with minimalist aesthetics perfect for travel, sports, shopping or leisure. Guests who purchase a Vee Collective bag will receive a free personalization from Olivia Steele.
Marea Pop-up at Osteria Morini
For two days only, Altamarea Group’s, Marea is arriving in Miami during Art Basel. Located on the terrace of the Kimpton Hotel which house’s Altamarea Group’s younger sister restaurant, Osteria Morini, this dinner series will feature some of Marea’s signature dishes including the iconic octopus fusilli. From Friday December 3rd to Saturday December 4th, the Marea pop up will allow diners to experience a four-course tasting menu with specially selected wine-pairing for $375/ person. Reservations can be made here.
Playboy & BIGBUNNY Present A Night of the Surreal
In celebration of BIGBUNNY, iconic lifestyle brand, Playboy, will host an extravagant evening at Casa Tua to introduce their surrealist twist on Miami Art Week. The event will feature new commissioned works by artists Nina McNeely, Maurice Harris, Miranda Makaroff, Filip Custic and Maria Forqué as well as a collection of surrealist work from Playboy’s archive, with DJ sets by Mona Matsuoka, Mia Moretti and Boys Noize.
All Weekend Long
E11EVEN Miami’s Line-up
On Wednesday, December 1, E11EVEN Miami is kicking off the week with hosts Heron Preston and Zack Bia, followed by DJ Marshmello on Thursday, December 2. The party will continue through the weekend with a performance by Migos, on Friday, December 3, and a special performer on Saturday night, to be announced. Concluding the long weekend with a bang, Carnage + Bia will take to the stage for a live performance on Sunday, December 5.
HIGHArt Museum Store by Highsnobiety
The HIGHArt Museum Store will pop up in Miami’s Design District from November 29 through December 31. It’s “a museum store without the museum,” connecting the best of the best from within the cultural zeitgeist to create over 100 exclusive and unexpected artist-made products and editions curated by Highsnobiety founder, David Fischer, Sarah Andelman and Jeanne-Salomé. Featured within the range are objects such as Christofle vases by Chito for Highsnobiety HIGHArt, Dan Graham pillows and tee, Ryan Travis Christian for Platform by Zwirner and Highsnobiety HIGHArt, red lipstick by Laurie Simmons x Edward Bess for Highsnobiety HIGHArt, and ‘Extatic Crystal’ by Sylvie Fleury for Highsnobiety HIGHArt, among others.
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