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 © Monica Quinonez / Courtesy of Wynwood Walls
© Monica Quinonez / Courtesy of Wynwood Walls

The Must-See Exhibits and Events During Art Basel Miami 2017

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Updated: 5 December 2017

Navigating Miami’s Art Week schedule can be a daunting task. The 3-0-5 is a circus reeling with a nonstop parade of art fairs, parties, and exhibits all haggling for your attention to and fro, but don’t fret. Here’s our roundup of the best picks to put on your program.

“humanKIND” at Wynwood Walls

Exploring a theme of human compassion and empathy, Wynwood Walls presents “humanKIND”—a curation of 12 new murals depicting uplifting art by artists from around the world. Wynwood Walls tapped artists Joe Lurato and Seth Globepainter among others to create art that inspires the best of the human spirit. The much-anticipated event will be open to the public on December 7th.

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Artist at work on a mural for 2016 | © Monica Quinonez / Courtesy of Wynwood Walls

Shawn Kolodny’s Fake Fulfillment Center

American artist Shawn Kolodny will present his solo exhibition Fake Fulfillment Center at the Boulan Hotel in South Beach. The installation, which only allows entry of 20 people at a time, takes guests on a journey of how society falls into drug addiction. The exhibit spans 5,000 square feet of multi-sensory rooms cluttered with IV bags, vials, and other larger-than-life prescription pills. Open from December 6th–10th.

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Render of Fake Fulfillment Center / Courtesy of Shawn Kolodny

Institute of Contemporary Art reopens in new space

The ICA Miami opens its doors to its new permanent home in the Miami Design District. The museum, which is committed to nurturing new narratives in contemporary art and providing a platform for the exchange of art and ideas, presents their inaugural program that includes The Everywhere Studio—an exhibition revealing the artist’s studio as a space that has influenced and responded to the social and economic events of our time. In addition to the exhibit’s 100 works in paintings, sculptures, and installations, the museum will feature solo exhibits from Senga Nengudi and Robert Gober’s series of photographs, among others. Admission is free to the public year-round.

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Exterior of ICA | © Adriana Elgarresta / Courtesy of ICA Miami

Carsten Höller x Fondazione Prada present “The Prada Double Club Miami”

German artist Carsten Höller and Fondazione Prada have teamed up to showcase “The Prada Double Club Miami” on view from December 5th–7th. The art installation is a full-functioning nightclub, set in a 1920s film studio complex that was formerly an ice factory. Revealing an immersion into Miami’s cultural diaspora, the rooms are divided—the interior club space blasts live international house beats from DJs while an outdoor tropical garden plays Caribbean and South American music. Guests can experience a crossing of boundaries in the club’s “schizophrenic” dualism.

“The Circle of Land and Sky” by Phillip K Smith III

Bringing his much-talked-about exhibition from the deserts of the Coachella Valley, Phillip K Smith III has installed his sculpture of 300 geometric reflectors in Miami’s Faena District. The piece, angled at 10 degrees, reflects views of the sky and water, engaging the audience with its field of slender mirrors. The installation is free and open to the public 24 hours a day during Art Basel.

Tania El Khoury presents Gardens Speak and As Far As My Fingertips Take Me

Tania El Khoury, the renowned artist based in London and Beirut, takes to the Fillmore in Miami Beach to present her interactive sound installation Gardens Speak, containing personal stories of 10 refugees and resistant fighters buried in Syria. Her As Far As My Fingertips Take Me invites audiences to interact via a gallery wall with a refugee who has challenged border discrimination in an attempt to showcase the effects of war and barriers. The event will take place at the Gleason Room at the Fillmore Miami Beach from December 6th–9th.

Adidas and Juxtapoz

Adidas and Juxtapoz Magazine join forces to showcase works by new artists at the Juxtapoz Clubhouse housed in the Art Deco Historic Walgreens Building in Downtown Miami. The exhibit will include installations by acclaimed artists in the global skateboarding community, such as Ron English, Jean Julian, Laurence Vallières, and many others. The art event is free and open to the public on December 7th.

Abstract / Not Abstract at the Moore Building

Gagosian and Jeffrey Deitch present Abstract / Not Abstract at the Moore Building in the Miami Design District. Featuring the work of over 30 artists, from Jeff Koons to Albert Oehlen, the exhibit will highlight the way artists today are redefining abstraction and harnessing the power of technology and techniques to create abstract art.

Basel Braille at the Historic Post Office Building

The National Federation of the Blind and Take Out unite to bring Basel Braille—a unique art event for the blind and visually impaired to partake in Miami’s Art Week. The exhibit is an immersive experience within three floors dotted with pop-ups that interpret the senses.

Museum of Ice Cream

Making every Instagram blogger’s dream come true, the famous Museum of Ice Cream is opening their Miami locale in the Faena District on December 13th—just after Art Basel. The pink-on-steroids wonderland boasts a pool of rainbow sprinkles, ice cream sandwich swings, and a kaleidoscope of colorful hanging popsicles that make it a feast for the eyes and the ‘gram.

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Sprinkles pool at Museum of Ice Cream | Courtesy of MOIC