Baselmania Miami and Miami Beach 2013 will see the debut of the Herzog& Meuron designed Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM). Several exhibitions are planned, including a massive Ai Weiwei show that will include several new works. The Rubell Family Collection will be showing Chinese contemporary artfrom their collection. MoCA North Miami will have a British YBA sensation Tracey Emin showcase.
Several new fun and amazing restaurants and bars are in the works in Miami and Miami Beach. Zahad Hadid is building a condo skyscraper in downtown Miami. Miami Beach and places such as Coral Gables are especially enjoyable and relaxing places to stay even before the fireworks begin and the art fair action commences. Brooklyn’s superstar Lucali pizzeria has opened in Miami Beach.
I will update this post when more information becomes available.
Vincent Johnson in Los Angeles
Pérez Art Museum Miami Inaugural Exhibition Schedule
Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) announces the inaugural exhibition lineup for its new building, opening in Museum Park in December 2013. The wide-ranging roster of exhibitions examines the interpretation and appropriation of cultural and political identities, economic structures, and commodities generated by Miami’s diverse population and its position as a cross-cultural hub. The selection and presentation of artists, collections, and commissioned projects for PAMM is guided by the Museum’s mission to create dialogues across and through local, regional, and international contexts and to emphasize artists and projects that engage with traditions from the United States, the Caribbean, and Latin America. The curatorial program is also particularly attuned to the work of local artists and designers.
From focused exhibitions on the work of Cuban painter Amelia Peláez and Haitian born, Miami-based artist Edouard Duval-Carrié to thematic presentations of the Museum’s permanent collection to major retrospectives on artists Ai Weiwei and Beatriz Milhazes and group exhibitions on the exchange of ideas between the Caribbean basin, Europe, and North Africa, PAMM’s upcoming projects serve as critical frames through which larger dialogues about recent history, migration, new cultural formations, and diverse ideologies can be structured.
Advance Exhibitions Schedule, 2013-2014:
Overview Galleries: AMERICANA
December 2013 – May 2015
The Museum’s permanent collection will be displayed thematically within six Overview Galleries that are positioned throughout the first two floors of the building. Collectively titled AMERICANA, these six galleries will present artwork produced by artists working in North, South, and Central America, and the Caribbean. The bi-lingual title of this presentation evokes North American vernacular collecting traditions, as well as a hemispheric perspective that looks across national and regional borders. This focus on the Americas serves to highlight the strengths of the collection, while at the same time reflecting the diverse audiences of the Museum―the majority of who have cultural ties to these areas of the world.
The six galleries that make up AMERICANA are arranged thematically, each space developed in the form of a short essay offering a focused view on a particular issue or set of preoccupations that have engaged artists from the Americas since the mid-20th century. Among the issues to be explored are relations between contemporary painting and craft traditions, legacies of constructivism and minimalism, and the connections between politics and violence. The spaces combine artworks produced at various historical moments over the last eight decades. The specific pieces and themes explored in AMERICANA will change over the course of 18 months, as these galleries are periodically re-configured.
Special emphasis has been placed on the presentation of artworks by artists currently living in Miami, as a way of highlighting the growing position of this city as an important site of art production internationally. AMERICANA additionally augments PAMM´s young collection with artworks borrowed from outstanding local collections, an organizing strategy that seeks to recognize these collections as resources for the constituents of Miami and South Florida.
Special Exhibition Galleries: Ai Weiwei: According to What?
December 2013 – March 16, 2014
Ai Weiwei: According to What? is the first major international survey of this artist’s multifaceted artistic oeuvre. The exhibition reveals the interrogative nature of Ai’s practice, and its role as an ever-questioning dialogue with the social, political, and cultural positions of his native China and the world at large. Featuring work from the last 20 years, the exhibition includes his early photographic works—images taken when he was a young artist living in New York and traveling throughout the U.S.—and the large-scale sculptures for which he is best known. These sculptures, often made from modified found objects, suggest the irreverent style of Ai’s work and reconfigure materials in new and evocative ways. With a broad formal range, Ai has continuously challenged possible meanings and modes of art making, most recently employing the Internet and its global reach as a platform for activism and expression. His provocative works are an exploration of the transformative potential of contemporary art, which he has said is “not a form but a philosophy of society.” PAMM’s presentation of this exhibition, originally organized by the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo, will feature new work, including a large-scale, site-specific installation. The exhibition design was also specially conceived by the artist and Herzog & de Meuron to be in dialogue with the new building architecture.
Focus Gallery: Photography from the Collection
December 2013 – July 27, 2014
This exhibition presents a varied selection of photographs drawn from the museum’s permanent collection, with a particular emphasis on the Cowles Collection, a gift of more than one hundred iconic works of the 20th century including photographs by Edward Steichen, Andy Warhol, and Rineke Dijkstra. Relying on contemporary strategies for organizing and understanding information, the exhibition will incorporate sequential and salon-style hangs in its installation. Within this format, new modes of visual literacy— created by the ever-growing influence of digital media and the way in which images circulate and are indexed through the Internet and by a continued interest in the form of the archive—are brought to bear on the museum’s strong and expanding collection of photographs. Allowing the viewer to see the works through visual cues and historical connections, looking at the image within the photograph as well as relationships between photographs, this exhibition seeks to engender new ‘ways of looking.’
This show will employ digital didactic labels and text on iPads as part of PAMM’S growing engagement with technology and new platforms for education in the galleries.
Focus Gallery: A Human Document: Selections from the Collection of Ruth and Marvin Sackner
December 2013 – May 25, 2014
Pérez Art Museum Miami will present an extensive selection of works from the Miami-based collection of Ruth and Marvin Sackner. Founded in 1979, this “archive of archives” initially focused on concrete and visual poetry—including rare manuscripts and published works by international luminaries such as Augusto and Haroldo de Campos, Oyvind Fahlström, and Eugen Gomringer. The collection subsequently grew to encompass a broader array of historic and contemporary works that synthesize word and image. Rooted in the early to mid-20th-century European avant-garde, the collection provides a unique lens through which to examine the foundational movements of modernism, including Italian Futurism, Russian Constructivism, Bauhaus, De Stijl, Dada, and Lettrisme, among others. The Sackners’ contemporary holdings are also expansive, with special strengths in artists’ books and “assemblings” (limited-edition groupings of materials by numerous contributors), as well as various subgenres such as typewriter art, performance poetry, and micrography (abstract or representational designs comprised of minuscule lettering). The installation begins with a rare, 1897 publication of “Un Coup de des” (A Throw of the Dice), by Stéphane Mallarmé, which is considered one of the first true examples of concrete poetry, and include hundreds of objects spanning more than a century of creative expression.
Focus Gallery: Amelia Peláez
December 2013 – February 23, 2014
PAMM will present a focused selection of works by Amelia Peláez del Casal (1896 – 1968), one of the most important Cuban painters of the modernist era. Alongside artists such as Carlos Enríquez, Wifredo Lam, Victor Manuel, and Fidelio Ponce de León, Peláez personifies the primera vanguardia—the first wave of Cuban artists who traveled to Europe before World War II, where they were exposed to Cubism, Surrealism, and other contemporaneous styles. When these artists subsequently returned to the island nation, they introduced the artistic innovations they had adopted abroad and then transformed them by incorporating aspects of their native cultural and national identities.
Peláez is best known for brightly colored, quasi-abstract compositions that feature decorative objects and ornamental architectural motifs, evoking the traditional domestic interiors of Havana. This exhibition will take a socio-historical approach and examine Peláez’s work in the context of early 20th century Havana’s changing material culture and urban landscape.
Project Gallery: Hew Locke
December 2013 – May 25, 2014
For Those in Peril on the Sea, 2011, is an installation by Hew Locke (b. 1959), a British artist of Guyanese descent. It consists of dozens of scaled-down replicas of ships suspended from the ceiling, creating the impression of a massive exodus taking place throughout the architectural space above viewers’ heads. It features a broad range of vessel types, from cigarette boats, catamarans, and cruise liners to ragged fishing skiffs and timeworn cargo ships. In light of Miami’s history as the site for numerous waves of immigration—particularly from the Caribbean, and specifically by sea—For Those in Peril on the Sea will have a particular resonance for the Museum’s audiences. With its significant links to the South Florida community, this installation, part of PAMM’s permanent collection, promises a powerful initial experience for visitors to the new building.
Project Gallery: Monika Sosnowska
December 2013 – September 28, 2014
Born in Ryki, Poland, Monika Sosnowska (b. 1972) is one of the most celebrated Eastern European artists of her generation. Focusing on urban and architectural space, her work involves surreal, tableau-like installations as well as large objects made of industrial materials that engage the walls, floors, and ceilings of the exhibition space. This commissioned project will be located in PAMM’s double-height Anchor Gallery, one of four spaces in the new building that will be dedicated to installations by single artists. The artists selected for these galleries are each invited to make multiple trips to Miami to share their process with PAMM’s audiences through public lectures, workshops, and other special programs.
Born in Israel, Yael Bartana (b. 1970) has been commissioned to create a new work for PAMM in conjunction with the Israeli Center for Digital Art, Holon. Among the most celebrated artists of her generation, Bartana lives between Tel-Aviv and Berlin. Her early video work, both documentary and staged, explores social phenomena that illuminate the complexity of contemporary life, particularly within Israel. More recently, Bartana has embarked on a long term, multi-platform work …and Europe will be stunned, a video trilogy and body of related works, with which she represented Poland in the 54th Venice Biennale (2011). Critically acclaimed, this work has demonstrated Bartana’s acuity as both a filmmaker and as an artist deeply attuned to the most pressing political issues of our time. For her project at PAMM Bartana is researching and producing a work in Sao Paulo focused on the rise of Pentecostalism.
Bouchra Khalili (b. 1975) was born in Casablanca and currently lives and works in Paris. Her works, which take the form of single- and multi-channel videos and films as well as photographs, employ a mode of poetic documentation to investigate the experiences of identity, immigration, and transience. Reflecting the nomadic and often transnational state of existence that defines life for many people throughout the world, Khalili illuminates the realities, emotional, intellectual, and tangible, of an increasingly mobilized world. Using language and an understated visual sensibility, Khalili’s videos offer a moving account of the personal and subjective within larger political and economic spheres. Khalili has been invited to create a new video work based on research undertaken in New York for PAMM’s anchor galleries.
December 2013 – March 2014
MOCA will present the first major U.S. solo museum exhibition of Tracey Emin. Tracey Emin is organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art and is curated by Bonnie Clearwater.
Year of the Artist: Contemporary Chinese Art from the Rubell Family Collection will fill all 27 galleries of the 45,000 square foot exhibition space, debuting during Art Basel Miami Beach 2013.
Miami Collectors Tap New China Artists for Art Basel Show
The influential Miami-based collectors Mera and Don Rubell will focus on contemporary Chinese art in their next exhibition for the 2013 Art Basel Miami Beach in December.
Titled “Year of the Artist,” the show will include stars like Ai Weiwei and Zhang Huan among about 25 artists, though the goal is to introduce many less-known names to the U.S.
“There’s a new generation of Chinese artists that is interesting to us,” said Mera Rubell in a telephone interview. “They have the world view and they are also dealing with the transformation of China itself.”
While the generation of artists who came of age during the Cultural Revolution has dominated the market in the 2000s, younger artists are starting to gain international attention.
The Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing opened its 2013 season with “ON/OFF: China’s Young Artists in Concept and Practice” which includes 50 commissioned works by 50 artists. Ukrainian billionaire Victor Pinchuk will mount an exhibition titled “China China” at his Kiev art center next month that focuses on both younger and older artists.
The Rubells, who will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary next year, have been collecting emerging art for decades. They bought their first photograph by Cindy Sherman for $25 and paintings by Jean-Michel Basquiat for $2,500. They are known for their trend-setting exhibitions, such as those focusing on Leipzig, Polish or black artists in the past decade.
“It’s a vote of confidence,” said Larry Warsh, New York- based collector of Chinese contemporary art. “It’s important that collectors like the Rubells pave the way in understanding Chinese art in the context of global contemporary art.”
The Rubells visited China six times in the past 12 years. With their last trip, in the fall of 2012, taking in more than 40 artist studios in Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Guangzhou and Hangzhou.
“We took planes, trains, vans,” said Mera Rubell. “It was like a caravan.”
The couple spoke about the exhibition yesterday at a New York University diplomacy class taught by François Barras, Ambassador and Consul General of Switzerland.
“We are going to make every attempt to bring every artist to Miami for the opening,” Mera Rubell told the students, although not Ai, who is currently prohibited from leaving China.
At least two of his works will be included: his “Ton of Tea” sculpture, in which tea leaves are pressed to form a cube, and “Fairytale Chairs,” a group of 20 wooden Qing dynasty chairs.
“It’s going to be the culmination of the Chinese art we’ve been buying since 2001,” said Mera Rubell.
Zahad Hadid 60 story condo tower will be located across from American Airlines arena in Miami at 1000 Biscayne boulevard.
Zahad Hadid is also designing a parking structure on Collins avenue in Miami Beach
interior view of parking ramps
Displays on the Bay: Upcoming exhibits at the Perez Art Museum Miami