As the curtain rises on Miami Art Week, it’s not just a haven for collectors; it’s a dynamic playground for art enthusiasts worldwide. Beyond the high-stakes world of art sales worth millions, Miami Art Week offers a vibrant tapestry of experiences, from immersive installations to tantalizing gastronomy. This guide takes you on a tour of the novel and noteworthy highlights awaiting you at this year’s Miami Art Week.
What to See and Do on Miami Beach
Eden Roc Miami Beach’s “The Art in Earth”:
On December 6, Eden Roc unveils “The Art in Earth,” an augmented reality installation designed to transport viewers to the breathtaking depths of oceans worldwide. What’s even more remarkable is that this artistic endeavor contributes to a noble cause—the PangeaSeed Foundation—through the sale of limited edition prints.
Faena Art’s “Maze: Journey Through the Algorithmic Self”:
Faena Beach becomes the canvas for a mesmerizing installation by Sebastian Errazuriz titled “Maze: Journey Through the Algorithmic Self.” Designed with AI, this sandy labyrinth invites contemplation of the profound impact of AI on our daily lives. The installation also introduces a thought-provoking book, accessible through a QR code, delving into the intersection of AI and humanity. Faena Art continues its artistic exploration with a sculpture by the digital artist Beeple, housed within the Faena Cathedral, in partnership with The Reefline. This mixed-media sculpture serves as a poignant commentary on rising sea levels and the ever-relevant issue of climate change, a topic deeply resonant with Miami’s coastal landscape.
Art for the Oceans with Parley:
Collaborating with Art Basel, environmental organization Parley for the Oceans initiates a significant fundraising effort, aptly named “Art for the Oceans.” Collins Park will serve as the stage for Julian Schnabel’s evocative series, “Oceans.Climate.Life,” from December 6 to 10. This exhibition follows its initial unveiling at the United Nations headquarters in New York, underlining the urgency of ocean preservation.
The Bass Museum of Art’s 60th Anniversary:
Celebrating its diamond jubilee, The Bass Museum of Art opens its doors to several captivating exhibitions during Miami Art Week. In collaboration with Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle, the museum shop unveils a selection of fragrances, including the debut of the alluring “Heaven Can Wait.” In the same artistic spirit, Creed, the renowned perfumery, introduces a larger-than-life public sculpture on Española Way in Miami Beach, infused with the fragrant essence of The House of Creed.
Audemars Piguet’s “Topography of Memory”:
Brazilian artist Sallisa Rosa unveils a monumental creation, “Topography of Memory,” at the Collins Park Rotunda on December 5. This immersive masterpiece comprises over 100 ceramic pieces, emphasizing the significance of land-based materials in preserving memories. Following its Miami debut, this extraordinary artwork will embark on a journey to the Pinacoteca de São Paulo, marking Audemars Piguet’s very first commission in Brazil.
Mr. C Miami in Coconut Grove:
The idyllic rooftop pool at Mr. C Miami receives a touch of artistic sophistication courtesy of Miami-based designer Silvia Tcherassi. With custom pool towels and lounge cushions adorned with motifs from her recent resort collection, relaxation reaches new heights.
The Standard Spa’s AI Artist Tilly Talbot:
A new era of art unfolds at The Standard Spa, where AI artist Tilly Talbot makes her dazzling U.S. debut with “House of Tilly.” Not only does the installation showcase intriguing design prototypes, but Tilly AI herself takes on the role of the hotel’s digital concierge for the duration of Miami Art Week. To elevate the sensory experience, Swedish designer Gustaf Westman’s vivacious Scandinavian decor graces the café, beginning on December 4. His signature “curvy mirror” adds a delightful touch to the café’s ambiance, promising to captivate patrons until the start of 2024.
The Kimpton Surfcomber’s “The Art of Wellness”:
The Kimpton Surfcomber transforms into a sanctuary of well-being and culture with “The Art of Wellness.” This weeklong program presents an array of offerings, including fitness classes by Barry’s, restorative IV drips, invigorating ice plunge baths, captivating sunset cocktails, musical vibes curated by the South Asian collective Indo Warehouse, and a zero-waste dining experience at Slow Burn.
The Tribeca Festival’s “The Music Lounge”:
Making its maiden appearance at Art Basel Miami Beach, the Tribeca Festival takes center stage with “The Music Lounge.” This four-night extravaganza includes musical performances and enriching conversations, all set against the backdrop of the Miami Beach Botanical Garden, commencing on December 6.
New in the Design District and Beyond
Design District’s Public Art Additions:
The Design District continues to enrich its public art landscape with captivating additions. Lara Bohinc emerges as the victor of this year’s Design District design commission, gracing the neighborhood with “Utopia.” This immersive installation boasts a collection of voluptuous sculptures, some of which will be showcased at the Design Miami fair. Keep an eye out for Samuel Ross’ trio of bench designs, a recent addition to the district’s pedestrian walkways.
Wynwood’s Outdoor Art Treasure:
Wynwood Walls, Miami’s iconic outdoor graffiti museum, introduces a unique attraction—an authentic 1970s subway car, thoughtfully repurposed into an interactive art exhibit. This historic subway car, now a permanent installation in Wynwood, provides an immersive artistic experience. On December 3, Wynwood Walls will further captivate art enthusiasts with the unveiling of new sculptures by Dan Lam and Ron English.
Luxury Fashion and Art in the Design District:
The Design District, an emblem of opulent fashion and art, welcomes a host of new boutiques. Gucci expands its footprint with the launch of its fourth standalone men’s boutique in the United States, adjacent to its main store. PatBo prepares for the grand opening of its boutique on December 7, following a preview on December 6. Meanwhile, Dion Lee marks a historic moment as it inaugurates its Miami flagship store, the brand’s first boutique in the United States, with a celebratory soirée on December 9.
JR’s “The Chronicles of Miami”:
Celebrated French artist JR unveils his latest mural, “The Chronicles of Miami,” at the Design District’s Jungle Plaza. JR’s work immerses viewers in the essence of Miami by featuring portraits of 1,048 individuals from ten different neighborhoods. What sets this mural apart is its interactive augmented reality app, which allows participants to hear the voices and stories of those featured in the artwork.
Typoe’s Custom Chandelier for Rimowa:
Rimowa’s Design District boutique welcomes an exquisite addition—a custom chandelier created by local artist Typoe. This permanent installation merges Rimowa’s iconic aluminum grooved design with vibrant geometric shapes, resulting in a captivating visual spectacle. To celebrate the unveiling, Typoe has prepared a limited-edition sticker pack, available to visitors.
Cartier’s Time Unlimited Exhibition:
Cartier brings its prestigious “Time Unlimited” exhibition to the Design District from December 7 to December 22. This exhibit offers a captivating journey through Cartier’s watchmaking universe, showcasing limited-edition and iconic timepieces, including the Santos de Cartier, Baignoire, and Tank. Additionally, a compelling film collaboration with ambassador Jake Gyllenhaal enhances the experience.
Jeffrey Deitch and Gagosian’s “Forms”:
Gallery giants Jeffrey Deitch and Gagosian join forces to present “Forms,” their eighth annual collaborative group exhibition, on view in the Design District from December 5 through December 10.
Atiba Jefferson’s Skate Photography Retrospective:
Architecture, the creative studio founded by Virgil Abloh, curates a retrospective of Atiba Jefferson’s skate photography. On display from December 6 through December 10, this exhibition provides an intimate glimpse into Jefferson’s more than 25 years of documenting street skateboarding. The artist himself will be present in Miami to host several panel discussions during the exhibition.
Culture House by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton:
LVMH presents “Culture House,” a five-day art gallery pop-up in the Design District from December 6 through December 10. This exhibition showcases the works of artists such as Cruise Bogle, Glenneisha Harris, Amelia Briggs, Harold Caudio, and Crystal Paris. The space also hosts enlightening panels with LVMH executives, artists, music industry leaders, and more.
Where to Dine
Priority Dining Recommendations: As you immerse yourself in the captivating world of Miami Art Week, it’s crucial to savor the culinary treasures that Miami offers. Here are some dining destinations that deserve a place on your itinerary:
- Tala Beach at 1 Hotel: The newly revamped outdoor lounge and cocktail bar, Tala Beach, at the 1 Hotel on Miami Beach beckon with a Mediterranean-inspired menu. It’s the perfect spot for a serene setting to unwind.
- Rao’s South Beach: Rao’s, the notoriously exclusive Italian restaurant from New York, has ventured south, establishing an outpost inside the Loews Miami Beach Hotel in October. This eatery’s reputation for exclusivity now extends to the South Beach scene.
- Pastis in Wynwood: Another beloved New York culinary institution, Pastis, has made its way to Wynwood. With its charming ambiance and delectable cuisine, it promises to be a hotspot for Miami’s culinary aficionados.
- Kappo-Style Omakase at Little River: Little River introduces Ogawa, a Kappo-style omakase restaurant that promises an exceptional dining experience with its meticulously crafted menu.
- The Roystone’s World’s 50 Best Bars Pop-Up: Downtown Miami’s The Roystone introduces a pop-up event highlighting bars from the “World’s 50 Best Bars List.” The event, taking place from December 7 to 9, features cocktails from renowned establishments, including Locale Firenze, an Italian bar ranked at number 46 on the list.
- LPM Miami x Ketel One x Lucy Glaser: Collaborating with Brickell restaurant LPM Miami and Ketel One, artist Lucy Glaser brings forth custom glassware inspired by the renowned French artist Jean Cocteau. As part of Miami Art Week, the restaurant will serve its La Sucette cocktail in these exclusive glasses, allowing guests to take home a piece of art with their unforgettable culinary experience.
- Typoe’s Custom Chandelier for Rimowa: Rimowa’s Design District boutique welcomes an exquisite addition—a custom chandelier created by local artist Typoe. This permanent installation merges Rimowa’s iconic aluminum grooved design with vibrant geometric shapes, resulting in a captivating visual spectacle. To celebrate the unveiling, Typoe has prepared a limited-edition sticker pack, available to visitors.
- Babor x Cevin Parker in Wynwood: Skin care brand Babor collaborates with artist Cevin Parker to introduce “The Art of Beauty Collection.” This collection includes an augmented reality animation that can be activated using a smartphone. The unveiling of this exciting collaboration, accompanied by indulgent beauty treatments, takes place on December 7.
- Wynwood Walls’ Interactive Subway Car: Wynwood Walls continues to evolve as an outdoor art haven. In late November, it introduced its newest acquisition—a subway car dating back to the late 1970s, reclaimed from the Center for National Response in West Virginia. This historic car has been transformed into an interactive art exhibit, permanently enhancing the vibrant artistic landscape of Wynwood. On December 3, Wynwood Walls will further captivate art enthusiasts with the unveiling of new sculptures by Dan Lam and Ron English.
Miami Art Week is not merely an event; it’s a grand symphony of art, culture, and culinary delights. This guide is your compass to navigate the diverse and exhilarating offerings that await you in Miami. Embrace the rich tapestry of experiences, immerse yourself in art’s transformative power, and savor the culinary treasures that Miami has thoughtfully prepared for you.