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Brief Published: 23 Nov 2017

Preview: Design Miami/Art Basel 2017

Christ & Gantenbein

Art Basel and Design Miami will be taking place from December 5-10 2017. A growing roster of satellite shows and events are set to make this edition the largest and most dynamic to date. Here, we preview some highlights.

  • Design Highlights: Alongside the 33 international galleries on display at Design Miami, Switzerland-based architects Christ & Gantenbein – winner of the Panerai Design Miami/ Visionary Award 2017 – will present its adaptable furniture collection designed for Zambia’s rural Mwabwindo School, due to open next year. Shown as a series of interactive prototypes, the range adapts to children’s needs or classroom activities via a simple interlocking system.

    Robotic fabrication promises to be a strong material direction at Design Miami this year. New York’s Patrick Parrish GalleryMassachusetts Institute of Technology’s Self-Assembly Lab and Switzerland-based designer Christophe Guberan will present the first public demonstration of MIT’s rapid liquid printing technology. With the ability to produce almost any object within a gel suspension, items produced at the show will be available for sale in the gallery’s booth. 

    Meanwhile, French designer Mathieu Lehanneur will present his Ocean Memories series, which uses CNC (computer numerically controlled) technology to create undulating 3D wave forms in rich, hand-polished marble tables, benches and stools. 

    This year also marks the debut of Form Miami – a new applied arts and sculptural objects fair, which is sister to Chicago’s Sofa (Sculpture, Objects, Functional Art and design). Running from December 6-10, it features 25 galleries, plus a travelling showcase of new-wave British makers.
Mathieu Lehanneur
MIT’s rapid liquid printing technology
  • Art Highlights: Alongside the 268 galleries showing at Art Basel within the Convention Centre, the Collins Park outdoor exhibition space will host 11 site-responsive works based on the theme ‘Territorial’. Featuring works by established and emerging international artists, highlights include Abraham Cruzvillegas’ Self-Reconstructed Ellipsis. It’s comprised of three wooden shelters based on those used in Colonia Ajusco – an area of Mexico City, where the artist grew up.

    Following themes explored in our Power Girls report, Fair will debut as a new female-only Art fair (December 7-10), which seeks to address gender inequality in the art world. It will have a 5,000 sq ft storefront, plus site-specific installations around Downtown Miami’s Brickell City Center.
  • Miami’s 37,500 sq ft ICA (Institute of Contemporary Art) museum and sculpture garden will open on December 1 – just in time for the city’s influx of art-hungry visitors. Its inaugural exhibition, The Everywhere Studio, explores the significance of 50 artists’ studios, from the post-war period to the present day. And on December 7, the newly reopened Bass Museum will host a global-capitalism-themed solo exhibition by New York-based artist Mika Rottenberg.
Institute of Contemporary Art
Mika Rottenberg
  • Fellow New York-based artist Shawn Kolodny will debut his solo show Fake Fulfillment Center at the Boulan Hotel. Staged as a 5,000 sq ft multiple-room immersive installation, paying guests pass through a series of social-media-friendly, larger-than-life vignettes that confront the reality of modern addiction.

For more on 2017 art trends, see Art Basel & Design Miami/Basel, Venice Art Biennale, Summer Pavilions and Frieze NY.

Fake Fulfillment Center
Shawn Kolodny
Art & Design