The design and art world will descend on Miami this week for the opening of Art Basel Miami Beach and Design Miami. Beyond the confines of the twin fairs – kicking off on 6 December – a crop of satellite shows will pop up across the city.
From a monochrome nightclub in a former film studio, to a misty spectacle in an ex-synagogue, here’s our hit-list of installations and exhibitions to see…
Carsten Höller and Fondazione Prada’s ‘Double Club Miami’
Artist Carsten Höller is swapping slides for cocktails at this year’s Art Basel Miami Beach, opening up a nightclub in a former 1920s film studio. Double Club Miami is a three-nights-only collaboration with Fondazione Prada, and comprises a black-and-white nightclub, where revellers can dance and enjoy live DJ sets, and a colour-rich tropical terrace. Says Höller: ‘I want guests to feel like they are the only element of color in the monochromatic side that has only greys, blacks and whites, as if a foreign element in a black and white movie.’
The Prada Double Club Miami, 5-7 December 2017
Belgian design duo Muller Van Severen invite you to snoop around their home at this year’s Design Miami. They’ve recreated the living room of their property in Ghent, complete with artworks, objects and furniture, for the installation A Wild Thing, in collaboration with Airbnb. Hidden speakers reveal stories and anecdotes behind their belongings and join the dots between object, host and visitor. And if you can’t make it to Miami, you can always book a stay in their Ghent home while they’re away…
6-10 December at Design Miami, Meridian Avenue & 19th Street, Miami Beach
Digital artists Petra Bachmaier and Sean Gallero, founders of Luftwerk, will conjure an ephemeral light show across the facade of Herzog & de Meuron’s glistening 111 Lincoln Road car park for Maison Perrier-Jouët. Inspired by the brand’s Art Nouveau heritage, it will use kaleidoscopic colours and patterns to transform the building. This is one of three installations by Luftwerk on show throughout Art Basel Miami Beach.
6-10 December; Meridian Avenue & 19th Street, Miami Beach, and 1111 Lincoln Road, Miami
Following their collaborative Salone de Mobile installation in Milan this April, COS and Studio Swine have teamed up again for Design Miami – and this time, they’re taking over the opulent spaces of the Art Deco Temple House. A former synagogue, Temple House is now the city’s largest single-family home, and often appears in music videos, as well as hosts parties for the well-heeled.
Studio Swine’s original installation has been given an Everglades update: blossoms will be filled with five misted scents inspired by Miami and the surrounding Floridian natural habitats. Up on the roof, a reflecting pool will host a new inflatable sculpture by the practice, and the mezzanine level will be transformed into a COS concept store.
6-10 December; Temple House, 1415 Euclid Avenue, Miami Beach
Miami’s Institute of Contemporary Art has thrown open the doors to its permanent new home, just in time for Design Miami. Designed by Spanish practice Aranguren & Gallegos Arquitectos, it offers 50% more exhibition space than its previous building, and the highlight of its inaugural programme is The Everywhere Studio. The exhibition explores the influence of artists’ studios on the likes of Pablo Picasso, Roy Lichtenstein, Andrea Zittel, Elaine Sturtevant and Anna Oppermann from WWII to present.
Art Week opening hours 6-10 December, 9am–8pm; ICA, 61 NE 41st Street, Miami 33137