Art Basel Miami 2021: Louis Vuitton “Objets Nomades” & More Must-See Exhibitions

After a long hiatus due to COVID, Art Basel Miami is back and perhaps bigger than ever. A lot has changed in the art world since the pandemic — most notably the meteoric rise of NFTs. In addition to the paintings, drawings, installations and sculptures on display, there will be a host of hybrid exhibitions that explore the merging of digital and fine art.

As with each edition of the fair, the major galleries will showcase an unrivaled array of masterpieces from history. But that isn’t to count out the newcomers and unexpected occurrences, such as Maurizio Cattelan’s headline-shattering banana installation with Galerie Perrotin at the last in-person event.

This year’s iteration will highlight exhibitions and installations such as Pace digital platform, Pace Verso,

Courtesy of the artist and Pérez Art Museum Miami

The Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) amassed over 500 new works of modern and contemporary art between 2011 and 2017. A curated selection will be on view in Miami Beach, playing special focus on international African and African Diaspora artists. 

“Allied with Power” presents a wide range of practices that each comment on the possibilities and complexities of our contemporary moment. Artists include Sam Gilliam, Rashid Johnson, Deborah Roberts, Kara Walker and many more. The exhibition is on view at PAMM until February 6, 2022.

The Pérez Art Museum Miami
1103 Biscayne Blvd,
Miami, FL 33132

Louis Vuitton “Objets Nomades” Events, December 1

Courtesy of the artist and Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton debuted its “Objets Nomades” collection back in 2012 as a collectible series that connected a list of designers from around the world. This year, LV has tapped the Campana Brothers, Marcel Wanders Studio, Raw Edges, and Zanellato/Bortotto for its Art Basel 2021 event. Additionally, the French luxury label is working with Spanish architect and designer, Patricia Urquiola on a special installation that will be housed in the city’s design district.

Press preview for the event will begin on December 1, from 12 to 5pm ET. A celebratory cocktail reception will follow from 6 to 8pm ET.

Miami Design District
140 NE 39th Street,
Miami, FL 33137

Pace Art Basel Miami Beach, November 30-December 4

Courtesy of the artist and Pace

Having recently unveiled its inaugural NFT platform, Pace Verso, the gallery looks to double down on digital technologies, such as sound, video and software-based artwork throughout Art Basel. Featured artists include Jr, teamLab, Leo Villareal, Glenn Kaino and DRIFT — the latter of which has worked with the gallery and Don Diablo on an NFT.

Pace will also have a tasteful curation of traditional art, which includes work by Beatriz Milhazes, Maya Lin, Jules de Balicourt, Wilfredo Lam and many more.

Miami Beach Convention Center
Booth FO8
1901 Convention Center Dr,
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Gagosian to Present Modern and Contemporary Exhibition, December 2–4

Courtesy of the artist and Gagosian

For those of you who looking for masterpieces from the canon of 20th Century art, look no further than Gagosian’s 2021 lineup.

Featured artists include Richard Avedon, Georg Baselitz, John Currin, Urs Fischer, Walton Ford, Helen Frankenthaler, Theaster Gates, Katharina Grosse, Andreas Gursky, Damien Hirst, Alex Israel, Titus Kaphar, Rick Lowe, Brice Marden, Albert Oehlen, Pablo Picasso, Ed Ruscha, Richard Serra, Cy Twombly, Mary Weatherford, and Christopher Wool, among others.

If you are unable to attend the event, Gagosian will also feature select works via Art Basel’s Online Viewing Room.

Art Basel Miami Beach
Miami Beach Convention Center
Booth FO8
1901 Convention Center Dr,
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Tezos NFT Exhibition, December 2–4

Courtesy of the artist and Tezos

Tezos will debut a new exhibition titled “Humans + Machines: NFTs and the Ever-Evolving World of Art.” Created by German artist, Mario Klingemann, the event invites audiences to to create and mint their own self-portrait NFT on-site with an algorithm in the space.

Additionally, the blockchain platform will exhibit artworks from a diverse cast of international artists, such as Joanie Lemercier and Qubibi; along with hosting a series of panels that focus on the growing development of NFTs in the art world.

Art Basel Miami Beach
Miami Beach Convention Center
1901 Convention Center Dr,
Miami Beach, FL 33139

In Bed With Harry Nuriev, December 1–4

Courtesy of Harry Nuriev

Crosby Studios founder Harry Nuriev has always carried a penchant for experimentation. The Russian architect and designer will follow up on The Elevator and The Garage with The Bedroom — an immersive installation featuring a silver, Ryokan-style mattress situated within an ethereal cubic lightbox that emulates the sunrise/sunset with a moving gradient LED ceiling display.

Nuriev highlights how the bed is often the first and last place we experience our thoughts on any given day.

Art Basel Miami Beach
Miami Beach Convention Center
1901 Convention Center Dr,
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Khaled El Mays Presents New Nature, December 1

Khaled El Mays

Beirut-design studio, Khaled El Mays is working with House of Today, a Lebanese non-profit organization to present New Nature. Known for working with local craftsmen in the Bekaa Valley, the studio has created a fantastical bar, booth, chairs, coffee table and mirrors that blends the atelier’s eye for nature and craftsmanship with a surrealist and art nouveau sensibility.

Art Basel Miami Beach
Miami Beach Convention Center
1901 Convention Center Dr,
Miami Beach, FL 33139

RIMOWA “As Seen By” Exhibition, November 30-December 5

RIMOWA

RIMOWA recently brought together a diverse cast of international artists to reinterpret the label’s signature aluminum material into unique sculptural art. In conjunction with art collective, The Community, “As Seen By” includes the artistic prowess of Atelier Sohn, Irina Loteravich and Quentin Vuong, amongst many.

Art Basel Miami Beach
Miami Beach Convention Center
1901 Convention Center Dr,
Miami Beach, FL 33139
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