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Podium Exhibition Debuts at Design Miami/ Basel 2022 and Special Exhibition Highlights Announced

Podium Exhibition Debuts at Design Miami/ Basel 2022 and Special Exhibition Highlights Announced

  • Over 30 pieces presented as part of the selling exhibition Podium, curated by Maria Cristina Didero
  • Special Satellite Projects debuting at Design Miami/ Basel including the return of Superblue to Basel
  • A hybrid talks program of digital and in-person conversations features guest curators and international designers
  • Audi returns as a partner to Design Miami/ Basel alongside Perrier-Jouët, Artek, and Vitra 
  • Crozier joins Design Miami/ as its global shipping partner for 2022

Basel, May 26, 2022 - Alongside booths from 34 of the world’s leading galleries and 18 Curio presentations, Design Miami/ is delighted to unveil a varied and exciting program of collaborations, satellites and talks for the sixteenth edition of its Basel fair, running 14-19 June. 

For the first time, Design Miami/ Basel presents a program of Special Satellite Projects - a series of collaborations that punctuate the fair with varied and exciting presentations. This includes Superblue’s return to Basel with a large-scale, interactive installation by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer as part of his Pulse Series, and a presentation by V Over M digital, offering an exhibition of 100 newly minted Chromie Squiggles by Snow-fro.

This year also sees the first edition of Podium in Basel, a selling exhibition of museum-quality works that has been curated by Maria Cristina Didero in response to this year’s theme, The Golden Age. Didero also curates this year’s talks programme, which explores the multidisciplinary nature of design through a hybrid program of live-streamed in-person talks and exclusively digital talks that will be available online, starting from June 14.

Jennifer Robers, CEO of Design Miami/ says: “At the heart of Design Miami/’s ethos is a dedication to creative exchange. We are especially excited to see this unfold through the diverse set of collaborations set to be presented at this year’s Basel fair. From the monumental beauty of the Special Satellites, to the diverse dialogues set to be presented through our talks programme, we look forward to inspiring and surprising our global audience through the impactful presentations planned together with our collaborators and partners”.

PODIUM/

The curated selling exhibition, Podium, will debut in Basel responding to the fair’s theme of The Golden Age and curated by Maria Cristina Didero. Featuring over 30 pieces from international galleries and studios, highlights include the Millefiori Lamps (2021) designed by Joy de Rohan Chabot - a pair of lamps featuring gilded metal leaves and flowers and presented by Galerie Chastel-Marechal; the sculptural Eros coffee table (c.1970s) by Angelo Mangiarotti presented by Morentz Gallery that exemplifies the postmodern designs of the Italian architect and designer; and the beautiful Water Lillies Bowl (1955) by Pierre Paulin presented by Pascal Cuisinier, this design is one of the rarest and most iconic pieces from the designers works in this period with only two or three ever produced.

Maria Cristina Didero, Curatorial Director of Design Miami/ says: “This year marks the first edition of Podium in Basel and I’ve been surprised and delighted by the enthusiastic reception from the galleries and design studios excited to be part of this new element for the 2022 exhibition - and with whom we have worked in close collaboration to select the objects. The exhibition offers the opportunity to explore a large range of presentations of amazing pieces from different contexts, times and geographies. Podium becomes a platform to reflect on how these pieces can ignite discussions around today’s design scene”.

SPECIAL SATELLITE PROJECTS/

For Design Miami/ Basel 2022, Design Miami/ introduces a new program of Special Satellite Projects, including:

Superblue presents Pulse Topology 

Superblue returns to Basel for a second year, to once again take over the 2500sqm ground floor event hall of the Messeplatz, greeting audiences as they first enter the fair. This year, Superblue presents Pulse Topology, the latest artwork in pioneering Mexican-Canadian artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s ongoing Pulse Series. Recognized for his interactive installations at the intersection of architecture and performance art, Lozano-Hemmer’s works are activated by the real-time detection of viewers’ biometrics such as heartbeats, breaths, voices, or fingerprints.

Pulse Topology is composed of 6,000 lightbulbs suspended at different heights, creating a series of crests and valleys—an intimate landscape that visitors are invited to traverse. Each lightbulb glimmers to the pulse of a different participant, which contributes to a connective arrangement. Custom-made pulse sensors record visitor heartbeats; when a new participant interacts with the installation, their pulse is added to the canopy of recordings above them, with the newest recording replacing the oldest.

Forming a platform for self-representation, in Pulse Topology individual heartbeats come together to create an immersive chorus of light and sound. Translating an interior force to an exterior form, Lozano-Hemmer makes tangible the otherwise invisible register of the heartbeat, which glows and then fades in the spirit of a memento mori.

Image courtesy of Superblue. Credit: Antimodular Studios.
Image courtesy of Superblue. Credit: Antimodular Studios.

V Over M digital presents Chromie Squiggles by Snow-fro in collaboration with Infinite Objects

V Over M digital is pleased to present an exhibition of 100 newly minted Chromie Squiggles by Snow-fro (Erick Calderon) in a unique, free-standing cube installation designed by digital printing specialists, Infinite Objects. First launched in 2020, Chromie Squiggles are a collection of ten thousand NFTs, each containing an individual work of generative digital art. Generative art is rooted in two main principles: the use of an autonomous system in the creation process, and the initiation of a randomly generated output based on a set of rules and parameters developed by the artist. Composed of threads of code, these works are unique iterations of six possible visual types - Standard, Slinky, Fuzzy, Ribbed, Bold and Pipe. Evocative of both the intensity of a neon sign and the natural form of a wave, Chromie Squiggles rise and fall forming unpredictable crests of colour. 

The 100 works to be presented at Basel are from the May 2022 Mint of 310 Chromie Squiggles executed with V Over M digital. The works generated from this event represent the largest portion of Chromie Squiggles to be minted since public minting was paused in January 2021. They also mark the first time that Chromie Squiggles have been minted for an exhibition at a global contemporary art and design venue, fostering engagement between fine art, design, and digital collecting audiences.

Image courtesy of V over M digital and Snow-fro.
Image courtesy of V over M digital and Snow-fro.

Joseph Walsh Studio presents Material Culture

Joseph Walsh returns to Design Miami/ Basel to present an assemblage of works titled Material Culture. Inspired by the free, uplifting and ever-changing grace that can be found in nature, Joseph Walsh has developed a creative process which allows his solid objects to capture the fluidity and immediacy of a sketch. The moment of inspiration and the final form is only defined through its making. From monumental scale sculptures to one-of-a-kind site-specific commissions and collectible design editions, every piece within his dynamic body of work reveals an intuitive relationship with making, a sympathetic use of materials and an expressive engagement with form. 

Joseph Walsh says: “Each concept is inspired by time, the layered properties of the materials; be that growing, rippling or eroding with the passing of time.”
Image courtesy of Joseph Walsh Studio.
Image courtesy of Joseph Walsh Studio.

Galleria Antonella Villanova presents Diego Cibelli, “Meditation in an Emergency” curated by Emanuela Nobile Mino

Galleria Antonella Villanova’s Special Satellite focuses on the work of Diego Cibelli, presenting a selection of pieces from his series Meditation in an Emergency, which was first conceived in 2020 during the pandemic and recently developed further. Primarily focused on ceramic and porcelain, Diego Cibelli’s design process comprises a variety of techniques, visions and historical references. The artist’s aim is to create a continuous stream of interactions between reality and its representations, and an empathic dialogue between everyday objects and their users. 

The Basel Satellite will present three, one-of-a-kind thrones made entirely of ceramics, through the assemblage of over 50 crafted elements for each piece. The thrones explore the dynamics of rituality and authority in both private and public spheres. Though monumental in their subject and scale, the pieces are  softened by the familiar quality of the objects used within the assemblage: a triumph of vegetables, fruits, flowers, leaves and fragments of classical pottery. In this way, they speculate on a future in which luxury will coincide with the dignity of simple and genuine things.

The Art and Culture Development Foundation of the Republic of Uzbekistan presents ‘Object of Architecture’, the international unveiling of its new renovation project in cooperation with French Studio KO

Aimed to open by end of 2023, the new Center for Contemporary Art will be hosted in an historical building (1912) in Tashkent with an original and contemporary concept allowing the future visitors to immerse into a subtle but dynamic new cultural venue.

The Art and Culture Development Foundation fosters international cooperation and promotes the culture of Uzbekistan on the international arena. The Foundation spreads the national heritage through developing and supporting initiatives in the areas of fine arts and architecture, literature, theater, music, and dance. Its mission is to create an inclusive and accessible environment in the country's cultural institutions, contribute to renovation of museums, and to develop cultural patronage and professional training for the arts and culture sector.

The Foundation has also initiated a number of large-scale architectural projects in Uzbekistan: the reconstruction of the State Museum of Arts, artist residencies in Mahallas (traditional Uzbek houses) but also the reconstruction of the State Children's Library.

 

TALKS PROGRAM/

The Design Miami/Basel 2022 talks programme, curated by Maria Cristina Didero the program explores the intersectional nature of design and embraces a truly hybrid format. Didero has also invited three guest curators to present their own talks in person at Design Miami/: Anne-Laure Pingreoun, Founder of Alter-Projects; Adam Štěch, Editor and Curator; and curator Libby Sellers.

All in-person talks will be live-streamed, and a curated selection of exclusively digital talks will be available online from the opening of the fair, 14 June, offering an online window into the diverse discussions, questions and insights that will be explored at this year’s Basel fair.

Highlights from the programming include:

LIVE: New Artistic Models in the Modern Golden Age

Moderator: Anne-Laure Pingreoun, Founder of Alter-Projects

Speakers: Yuri Suzuki, Sound artist, experience designer and electronic musician, Saff Williams, Curatorial Director at Brookfield Properties Europe Real Estate Group,  John Gilsenan, CEO of Westgreen

Responding to the theme of this year’s edition of Design Miami/ Basel, Anne-Laure Pingreoun, Founder of Alter-Projects, Saff Williams, Curatorial Director of Brookfield Properties Europe, John Gilsenan, CEO of Westgreen and sound artist, experience designer and electronic musician, Yuri Suzuki discuss the modern Golden Age and the cultural initiatives and artistic models that it is witnessing. Touching on themes of patronage, technology and sustainability, the panelists will offer a multifaceted discussion about the ways in which public art is breaking with the conventions of the past.

LIVE: Forgotten Design of the 1980s: Why Is This Movement So Popular Now? 

June 15th at 14:00

Moderator: Adam Štěch, Editor and Curator

Speakers: Laura May Todd, journalist, and Max Radford, Designer, Gallerist & Researcher

Adam Štěch invites journalist Laura May Todd and gallerist Max Radford to discuss design in the 1980s and its relevance today. In recent years, the 1980s design aesthetic has been getting more and more attention within the contemporary design scene. This talk will focus on little known 1980s design movements which played important roles in diversifying design culture and bringing new critical aspects to applied art. Creative Salvage, Totem, Art et Industrie, Paolo Pallucco, Pucci de Rossi, Bořek Šípek, Atika Group and more will be rediscovered during this talk.

DIGITAL: Collecting Objects, Collecting Experiences

Moderator: Maria Cristina Didero

Speakers: Alexander von Vegesack, Co-founder of Vitra Design Museum, Mathias Schwartz-Clauss, Art Historian and Curator, and Misha Kahn, Designer and Artist

How would a great Collector define “collecting”? Would it differ from the definition a young Designer might propose? For many of us a collection looks like a group of objects, furniture and other tangible design pieces. But collectible design goes far beyond the tangible, encompassing intangible elements such as the emotion, experiences and sentimental value behind the works. Alexander von Vagesack’s extraordinary design collection is the result of years of work and travel. American design Visionary Misha Kahn’s collection looks far different, made up of experiences, sensations and emotions that fuel his incredible work. In this talk the definition of collecting will be blurred and bent as we explore the differences and intrinsic connections between two different perspectives within the design community. 

DIGITAL: The Future of Collectible Design

Moderator: Ilaria Bonacossa, Director of the Museum of Digital Art

Speakers: Kaisha Davierwalla, Owner & Founder of Vaaspar Italy, Bruno Bolfo, Founder of Particle and Ezequiel Pini, Designer and Digital Artist 

Over the past two decades technology has completely changed the way contemporary design is promoted, sold, viewed and purchased. From curated e-commerce sites to dedicated mobile apps, digital storefronts have quickly become the norm in a space where they were so recently nonexistent. What will the future of collectible design look like, and how can contemporary and historic designers stand out in the ever-growing crowd?

PARTNERS/

Design Miami/ thanks its partners for their ongoing support for the Basel fair, including:

Audi/ 

Audi Germany is supporting this year’s Design Miami Basel as a partner for the all-electric shuttle service. Design and Audi – a good match: design is and will remain a key part of the DNA of the brand with the Four Rings. This was recently demonstrated with the presentation of the sphere concept vehicles: the Audi skysphere concept, the Audi grandsphere concept, and the Audi urbansphere concept, who provide an outlook on the mobility of the future as Audi sees it: all-electric, sustainable, automated and with a unique design of both the interior and exterior.

Perrier-Jouët/

Founded in 1811, Maison Perrier-Jouët was born from a couple’s shared love of nature and passion for art. Today, art and nature remain an endless source of inspiration, guiding the champagne house’s every action and creation. Since its 1902 collaboration with Art Nouveau pioneer Emile Gallé, creator of the anemone design for the vintage cuvées of the Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque Collection, the House has commissioned work from established and emerging artists, including Daniel Arsham, mischer’traxler, Bethan Laura Wood and Andrea Mancuso of Analogia Project.

Crozier/

Crozier is the most comprehensive, sustainably-minded and innovative leader in art services and logistics. With 1.4 million square feet of storage space across 22 locations in 10 global markets and present in over 50 cities a week, Crozier is dedicated to serving the global art world ecosystem. Our mission is to be the primary service provider for people and entities responsible for the care, movement, and long-term preservation of art and culture. We collaborate with partners worldwide to adopt new technologies in our commitment towards a sustainable future. Crozier is an Iron Mountain Incorporated (NYSE: IRM) business. Visit us at www.crozierfinearts.com.

Artek/

Artek was founded in Helsinki in 1935 by four young idealists: Alvar and Aino Aalto, Maire Gullichsen, and Nils-Gustav Hahl. Their goal was “to sell furniture and to promote a modern culture of living by exhibitions and other educational means.” In keeping with the radical spirit of its founders, Artek today remains an innovative player in the world of modern design, developing new products at the intersection of design, architecture, and art. The Artek collection consists of furniture, lighting, and accessories designed by Finnish masters and leading international designers. It stands for clarity, functionality, and poetic simplicity.

Vitra/

Creating innovative products and concepts with great designers is Vitra’s essence. This year, Vitra will launch a limited edition of the Fauteuil Kangourou designed by French architect and engineer Jean Prouvé in 1948. The Fauteuil Kangourou will be available from 15 June on vitra.com and on the Vitra Campus. 

Image courtesy of Vitra
Image courtesy of Vitra

Design Miami/ Basel 2022 Galleries/ 

BABS Art Gallery, Milan
​Carpenters Workshop Gallery, London/Paris/NYC
​Caterina Tognon, Venice
​Dansk Møbelkunst, Copenhagen
​DIMORE GALLERY, Milan
​Friedman Benda, NYC
​Galleria Rossella Colombari, Milan
​Galleria Antonella Villanova, Foiano Della Chiana
​Galerie Chastel-Maréchal, Paris
​Galerie DOWNTOWN - François Laffanour, Paris
​Galerie Eric Philippe, Paris
​Galleri Feldt, Copenhagen
​Galerie Jacques Lacoste, Paris
​Galerie kreo, Paris
​Galerie Matthieu Richard, Paris
​Galerie Meubles et Lumières, Paris
​Galerie Mitterrand, Paris
​Galerie Negropontes, Paris
​Galerie Pascal Cuisinier, Paris
​Galerie Patrick Seguin, Paris
​Galerie Philippe Gravier, Paris
​Galerie SCENE OUVERTE, Paris
​Gokelaere & Robinson, Knokke/Paris/Brussels
​Guelfucci Gallery, Berlin
​Hostler Burrows, NYC
​Jousse Entreprise, Paris
​Lebreton, Paris
​Maria Wettergren, Paris
​Morentz Gallery, Waalwijk
​MOUVEMENTS MODERNES, Paris
​Pierre Marie Giraud, Brussels
​Thomas Fritsch-ARTRIUM, Paris
​Thomsen Gallery, NYC
​Todd Merrill Studio, NYC

Design Miami/ Basel 2022 Curios/

193 Gallery, Paris
​20C Gallery, Shanghai
​Carpenters Workshop Gallery, London/ NYC/ Paris
​co/rizom, Vienna
​Garrido Gallery, Madrid
​Eclecticó Studio, Bucharest
​FAINA Gallery, Antwerp
​Galerie MICA X LAB, St. Gregoire
​Ivan Baj, Bolzano
​Marie Piselli, Paris
​Particle, Singapore
​Paul Bourdet Fine Furniture, Paris
​Rademakers Gallery, Amsterdam
​Sèvres, Paris
​Stefano Trapani SRLS, Paris
​we+,Tokyo
​WKND Lab, Seoul
​Yasmine Mahmoudieh, London

Design Miami/ Basel 2022 Podium/ Exhibitors

Galerie Eric Philippe, Paris
​Friedman Benda, NYC
​Galleri Feldt, Copenhagen
​Galerie SCENE OUVERTE, Paris
​Galleria Antonella Villanova, Foiano Della Chiana
​Galerie Chastel-Maréchal, Paris
​Lebreton, Paris
​Maria Wettergren, Paris
​Galerie Meubles et Lumières, Paris
​Galerie Pascal Cuisinier, Paris
​Galleria Rossella Colombari, Milan
​Thomas Fritsch-ARTRIUM, Paris
​Morentz Gallery, NYC
​Gokelaere & Robinson, Belgium
​Galerie MICA X LAB, St. Gregoire
​we+,Tokyo
​Marie Piselli, Paris
​co/rizom, Vienna
​Ivan Baj, Bolzano
​Garrido Gallery, Madrid

Special Satellite Projects/

The Art and Culture Development Foundation of the Republic of Uzbekistan
​Galleria Antonella Villanova
​Joseph Walsh Studio 
​Superblue
​V Over M

Schedule of Events/

Preview Day/ By Invitation Only
Monday, June 13/
​Collector’s Preview/ 12-6 PM
​VIP Preview/ 6-8 PM

Public Show Days/

Tuesday, June 14/ 11 AM - 8 PM
​Wednesday, June 15/ 11 AM - 8 PM
​Thursday, June 16/ 11 AM - 7 PM
​Friday, June 17/ 11 AM - 7 PM
​Saturday, June 18/ 11 AM - 7 PM
​Sunday, June 19/ 11 AM - 7 PM

Visiting the Fair/

Tickets for the fair are now available to purchase. Please click here for more information. To apply for a press pass, please use the link here.

About Design Miami

About Design Miami/

Design Miami/ connects the world through extraordinary collectible design, with live fairs on three continents that bring together galleries, designers, brands, experts, collectors, and enthusiasts. Each edition of Design Miami/ features museum-quality 20th and 21st century furniture, lighting, and objets d’art from the world’s top, expertly vetted galleries, in addition to showcasing immersive design collaborations with celebrated brands. With flagship fairs taking place alongside Art Basel in Miami, Florida, each December and Basel, Switzerland, each June, Design Miami/ is also accessible 365-days a year through designmiami.com, a content-rich digital marketplace featuring works from leading galleries and original editorial and video content on Forum Magazine.

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