There is this one week in the year when all your Social Media Timelines go crazy and it seems like the whole world is gathering at this kinda magical place called ART BASEL MIAMI. Last year we were sitting in our Studio in Berlin and just wished that we could be there next year as well and see the whole spectacle first hand. Thanks to the good guys over at watch manufacturer AUDEMARS PIGUET our wish came true and we were able to spend a whole week with art, sun, nice people and of course some exclusive parties! Here are some of our impressions from Miami. For more ART BASEL pictures jump over here.
Next to the Art Basel Convention Center we had the chance to see the exclusive collaboration between Audemars Piguet and Gallery Perrotin represented by artist duo KOLKOZ. In front of the since 1992 abandoned Miami Marine Stadium, they installed an inflatable chalet and established a huge contrast between the modern but run down architecture and the traditional swiss chalet-look including a snowy rooftop and ground. Being a little surprised in the beginning, we soon understood that the installation was very symbolic for the plastic-fantastic event taking place in Miami during this manic one week. The name ‘Curiosity’ originated from the last Mars Mission Rover, adopting the idea of exploring a new land, setting the chalet in the tradition of the early explorers in America who also lived in similar houses on their way west.
The whole week is packed with art and more art in Miami. Next to Art Basel itself there are a couple of other fairs that get more or less attention by the audience – Unlimited, Scope or Design Miami, just to name a few.
Nighttime is Partytime in Miami. After catching the last sunbeams at the beach you get ready to go out and visit one of the uncountable parties, vernissages or dinners. We were lucky enough to get an exclusive invite to the Audemars Piguet hosted dinner in front of the KOLKOZ installation and the amazing skyline in a warm Miami night.
After a long night I decided to leave Miami Beach to explore the other parts of the city like the amazing streetart neighborhood called Wynwood and Little Havanna. Watch out for an exclusive posting where we’ll share some more pictures of the Wynwood Walls soon.
After all it was an amazing experience to be in Miami for the Art Basel. We’d like to thank AUDEMARS PIGUET for the invitation and congratulate to the successful collaboration with Gallery Perrotin and the KOLKOZ brothers. We are looking forward to their future engagement with Art Basel and can’t wait to come back next year hopefully.
Text and images by Marcus Werner