Art is of course at the center of Art Basel and this year, 253 galleries from all over the world will be present. meridians, devoted to large-scale sculptures and paintings, installations, video projections and live performances in a dedicated space on the main floor of the exhibition, is again organized by Magalí Arriola, director of the Museo Rufino Tamayo at Mexico. This time, meridians covers the creations of the Brazilian artist Maxwell Alexandre, as part of his series Pardo é Papel illustrating the life of the favelas, of the Rio de Janeiro gallery A Gentil Carioca, as well as of the American and Ghanaian artist Todd Gray Sumptuous memories of the kings of plunder, an intricate 14-part, 30-foot-long piece presented by the David Lewis Gallery that reflects on European colonialism, slavery and the African Diaspora.
Curated exhibitions by emerging and established artists are at the center of Art Basel’s Kabinett platform, which ranges from rare early drawings from the Sies + Höke gallery by Sigmar Polke and Gerhard Richter to paintings by the artist’s Roberts Projects. Ghanaian Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe who consider the relationships between identity, materiality and race.
There will certainly be other highlights as well. In the recently opened Superblue Miami gallery in Allapattah, Dior Maison’s “Dior Medallion Chair” exhibition (presented from November 30 to December 5) will reveal versions of the Louis XVI-style seat reinvented by designers such as Dimore Studio, India Mahdavi and Pierre Yovanovitch.
Another luxury icon will also be celebrated in the Design District: in honor of Chanel n ° 5’s centenary, London artist and set designer Es Devlin collaborated with the house’s resident perfumer, Olivier Polge, on Five echoes, the transformation of Jungle Plaza into a temporary forest of more than 1,000 plants, shrubs and trees punctuated by a multisensory sculptural labyrinth animated by light, color and sound.
Louis Vuitton is also getting into the action: by expanding its Objets Nomades collection of travel-inspired designs, the luxury fashion house will transform its stores in the Design District with the work of the Campana brothers, Raw Edges, Marcel Wanders and Patricia Urquiola on display.
With bustling new hangouts like Pharrell Williams’ Goodtime Hotel providing refuge from the barrage of facilities, Design Miami and Art Basel are sure to create an aura of pre-pandemic friendliness. And for those spending time in Miami ahead of the festivities, the Art With Me international festival of art, music and culture will land in Miami November 26-28 at Historic Virginia Key Beach Park, noon to 2 am daily. . Expect concerts, art installations, wellness programs, and even activities for the kids.