Muller Van Severen Welcomes Guests to Their Living Room at Design Miami/ with Airbnb

In this most meta of meta experiences during Miami Design Week 2017, Fien Muller and Hannes Van Severen welcome guests into their living room with A Wild Thing, at Design Miami/ 2017. Commissioned by Airbnb, the installation by muller van severen is an intimate exploration of the shared home.

The space at Design Miami/ is a precise replica of the designers’ living room in Ghent. Their furniture, artworks, books and other objects will be on location in their ‘home away from home’, a special opportunity for visitors to experience how they live. Interactive lightboxes with recorded scenes from their living room windows will transport visitors to their home in Belgium, immersing visitors in their local surroundings as well as their home. Simultaneously, the design duo has shared their home in Ghent on Airbnb.

Known for their creation of beautiful pieces of furniture and art, with this collaboration muller van severen intends to share the deeper meanings that exist for treasured objects at home – which they label Wild Things. Using directional sound, narratives from their lives have been paired with selected items within the living room, creating a highly immersive installation  and illustrating  the invisible connection between hosts and guests- a truly Airbnb experience.

Each narrative is a personal anecdote from Fien and Hannes, reflecting the meaningful connections they each have with the objects on display. A painting by Hannes’ grandfather, noted artist Dan Van Severen, is juxtaposed with a chair made by the couple’s young daughter. Ambient sounds of the fireplace and the family dinner table are interspersed with sculpture, important books and other artworks – playing on the contrast between high design and the sentimental keepsakes that make up their home.

 The installation aims to conjure an understanding of muller van severen’s family stories, daily routines, personal style, and network of friends, creating the essence of home and homecoming in a public space.

“Airbnb is committed to giving voice to a new generation of designers. With this installation we also give voice to objects of beauty and design. The design, arrangement and mood of our homes, as well as the connections and experiences that occur within them, can represent our values and ourselves. As a platform, Airbnb empowers interactions between people who might never otherwise connect, cultivating an appreciation of place, resources, and rituals. When staying in an Airbnb home, one experiences life as it is, not as it is pretended.” says Andrew Speyer, Airbnb Regional Brand Marketing Director for the Americas.

A Wild Thing continues Airbnb’s mission of curating creative talent from around the world. Following Passeggiata (Milan, April 2017), Sobremesa (Miami, December 2016), Makers and Bakers (Milan, April 2016), Housewarming (Milan, April 2015), and A Place Called Home (London, September 2014), A Wild Thing is the brand’s latest project inviting some of the world’s most innovative and exciting designers to explore the shared home.

     

Open to Public – December 6 – 10, 2017

Meridian Avenue & 19th Street

Adjacent to the Miami Beach Convention Center

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Sean Kelly Gallery at Art Basel Miami Beach 2017

Sean Kelly brings a superbly curated selection of works to his eponymously named gallery’s presentation at Art Basel Miami Beach 2017

Included is work by Sam Moyer, who  is also currently on show in a solo exhibition WIDE WAKE at Sean Kelly’s New York space, Antony Gormley  who has just had a significant monograph by Martin Caiger-Smith published by Rizzoli and Kehinde Wiley, who has been selected to paint the official presidential portrait of Barack Obama.

SAM MOYER
Georgia, 2016
stone, marble, dyed canvas mounted to MDF
85 1/2 x 67 x 1 inches (217.2 x 170.2 x 2.5 cm)
© Sam Moyer
Courtesy: the artist and Sean Kelly, New York

Additionally, there are a selection of works from artists Marina AbramoviçLos CarpinterosJames CasebereJulian CharrièreDavid ClaerboutJose DávilaIran do Espírito SantoAntony GormleyLaurent GrassoCallum InnesHugo McCloudMariko Mori, and Alec Soth.

MARIKO MORI
Spirifer I, 2017
coated acrylic, Corian base
52 3/8 x 18 9/16 x 6 5/8 inches (133 x 47.1 x 16.8 cm)
edition of 8 with 2 APs
© Mariko Mori
Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York

The gallery will also present works  by Landon Metz and Janaina Tschäpe , two artists who are new to the gallery’s program. 

Janaina Tschäpe
Enchanted, 2017
casein and colored pencil on canvas
painting: 58 1/4 x 58 3/4 inches (148 x 149.2 cm)
framed: 59 1/8 x 59 5/8 inches (150.2 x 151.4 cm)
© Janaina Tschäpe
Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York

Located at Booth D14, make sure to add the Sean Kelly Gallery to your “must see” list while at Art Basel Miami Beach.

Featured Image Credits:
JULIAN CHARRIÈRE
Baker – First Light, 2016
large format color photograph, double-exposed through radioactive material, archival pigment print on Hahnemüle Photo Rag, mounted on aluminum Dibond, Red Palmira veneered frame, Mirogard antireflective glass paper: 59 1/8 x 73 7/8 inches (150.2 x 187.7 cm) framed: 60 1/2 x 75 5/16 x 2 inches (153.7 x 191.3 x 5.1 cm)
unique
© Julian Charrière / VG Blid-Kunst, Bonn 2017
Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York

Art Basel Miami Beach 2017 Kabinett Sector

Art Basel has announced the gallery lineup for their Kabinett Sector in Miami Beach which includes thematic group exhibitions, art-historical showcases and solo presentations by both established and emerging artists, more than half of whom are women.

This year’s Kabinett sector at Art Basel in Miami Beach will include 24 projects by Etel Adnan, Anni Albers, Taku Aramasa, Alice Attie, Ashley Bickerton, Andrea Bowers, Colette Brunschwig, Cheng Ran, Farida El-Gazzar, Flavio Garciandía, Hans Hofmann, Kim Jones, Shozo Kitadai, Kiki Kogelnik, Irene Kopelman, Brigitte Kowanz, María Martínez-Cañas, Hélio Oiticica, Kiyoji Otsuji, Pavel Pepperstein, Yoshishige Saito, Anne-Marie Schneider, Ivan Serpa, Shirana Shahbazi, Joan Snyder, Grete Stern, Bill Traylor, Katsuhiro Yamaguchi and Haegue Yang. 

I am especially looking forward to seeing the Japanese photography from Annely Juda Fine Art, the gouache and graphite drawings of Argentinian artist Irene Kopeleman (b.1974)  at Galeria Labor and Brigitte Kowanz’s new work at Galerie Krinzinger.

More details about this cool sector here after the jump.

Image credit: Shozo Kitadai Courtesy Annely Juda Fine Art

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Upcoming Event: Art Basel Miami Beach 2016

Art Basel-Miami Beach 2016 Nov 30 – Dec 4 features works of art from over 250 of the world’s leading international galleries from 29 countries across North and South America, Europe, Asia and Africa.  

Contemporary and Modern paintings, sculptures, installations, prints, photography, film, video, digital art, art-historical showcases and projects, limited edition collaborations and more are all represented. 

 

2016 marks the fifteenth edition of the Miami Beach show, which has expanded over the years to include dedicated sections for film, outdoor sculpture, works in edition and curated shows of historical significance. The show has always offered both exploration – with new works created by emerging artists – and a continuity of a high quality international roster. Over 85 galleries exhibiting this year also tookPlus, not to be missed, is the Conversations and Salon Talks programming where prominent figures from the art world artists, curators, critics and collectors engage in thoughtful and highly engaging discussions. 

Art Basel Miami Beach

Every year that I get to attend, it feels like the world’s largest museum of contemporary and modern art has set itself up in proximity to me, albeit for a very limited time period.

It is not to be missed, so if you can be there, be there.

Media Reception
Wednesday, November 30, 2016, 9.30am, Collectors Lounge

Private View
Wednesday November 30, 2016, 11am to 8pm (by invitation only)

Vernissage
Thursday, December 1, 2016, 11am to 3pm (by invitation only)

Public opening dates and hours:

Thursday December 1, 2016, 3pm to 8pm
Friday, December 2, 2016, 12noon to 8pm
Saturday, December 3, 2016, 12noon to 8pm
Sunday, December 4, 2016, 12noon to 6pm

Miami Beach Convention Center
1901 Convention Center Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139

*All images by Simone Todd (2015)

UNTITLED Miami Beach 2015

With over 119 international galleries, innovative programming like UNTITLED Radio, engaging performances like Dance Constructions by Miami-based artist Amanda Keeley, plus an original art poster series available to all visitors at no charge organized by UNTITLED curators Christophe Boutin and Melanie Scarciglia, the fourth edition of UNTITLED, Miami Beach (Dec 2-6) is on my must-see list!

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MoMA Design Store Pop-Up at the Delano

The MoMA Design Store announced today that they will be launching their first installation and pop-up store during the week of Art Basel Miami Beach!!!

The Skateroom will be displayed at the Delano , a Morgans Hotel Group property celebrating its 20th anniversary.

This immersive installation will feature limited edition skate decks with artwork by Andy Warhol made in collaboration with The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

Above: Limited Edition set of 32 decks each featuring a different flavor soup from Warhol’s 32 Campbell’s Soup Cans.

These exclusive skate decks will be available for purchase, in very limited quantities, with percentage of proceeds from the sales being donated to The Skateroom’s non-profit partner, Skateistan, an international NGO initiative that empowers children in third-world countries through skateboarding and education.

I am super-excited because this a trifecta of happiness for me as the MoMA Design Store always has the coolest stuff, the Delano is one of the coolest places on earth and skate decks with Andy Warhol artwork are the coolest decks ever!