What You Don't Want to Miss at Art Basel

What You Don't Want to Miss at Art Basel

We've rounded up some of the essential Basel happenings and installations.

We've rounded up some of the essential Basel happenings and installations.

Text: Fred Sahai

The premier art show of the Americas, Art Basel Miami Beach commenced on Wednesday, and it’s certainly transcending to a new level of prestige. Leading galleries across the world meet emerging global artists in a masterful presentation of contemporary art. Packed with one-of-a-kind collaborations and exclusive launches, Basel introduces a new era of creativity to the masses. Below, keep up with the action and see some of our favorite exhibitions thus far.

Daily Paper Art Basel Pop Up Shop

Amsterdam brand Daily Paper has teamed up with Van Gogh Connects, a research program connected to the Van Gogh Museum, for a two-part collaboration. The first collection, titled Daily Paper x Van Gogh Connects comes before a second drop next year. The collection fuses the Dutch painter's work with Daily Paper's style. You can discover the collection until December 22nd, located at 2621 NW 2nd Avenue in Wynwood. To celebrate the pop-up, Daily paper, along with Van Gogh Connects, Bacardi and Walshy Fire are hosting the 4th Annual Rum & Bass Block Party, which will take place on Sunday, December 8, 2019,  from 3pm to 10pm at 1 800 Lucky.

Order of Importance, Site-specific Installation by Leandro Erlich

Art Basel parties are great, but obviously the main attraction are the arts. During the art fair, there are loads of stunning site-specific art installations to discover. One that cannot be missed is by Argentinean conceptual artist Leandro Erlich. From December 1st to the 15th, you can make your way to the shore of Miami Beach’s beachfront at Lincoln Road, to view Order of Importance, which features a staging of a traffic jam, with 66 life-sized sculptures of cars and trucks on the beach.

Conversations with Nature

Make your way to the Brickell City Center for Conversations with Nature, an exhibition which aims to encourage environmental action. Guests are invited to walk through an environment of  installation art, complete with soundscapes and meditation.

Pink Beast 

Located in the Design District, artist Fernando Laposse decorates palm trees with sloth-looking creations made of pink sisal-tassel, which was made with all-natural ingredients, including red dye from insects and lemon juice. The installation also features hammocks by Angela Damman if you want to lounge around and admire the art.

Miu Miu M/Marbles Stools

Miu Miu's second design collaboration with Parish design agency M/M is named the M/Marbles Stool. Art Basel-goers can spot this stool, made of palm wood and crepe rubber, and Murano glass pegs in multiple locations, but giant ones are located at The Standard Hotel and the Buena Vista Post Office from December 6-8.

Hanging Jungle of Decadence

Art Basel guests can admire Hanging Jungle of Decadence at Casa Faena, which was designed by The Manscapers out of a partnership with St. Germain and Gitano. The installation features jungle greenery and disco balls aplenty and opens on December 4.

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