calling all art lovers! It’s been a minute since I’ve done a nip’s hip picks post, so I’m excited to share this one with you! I’m a lover of all museums, art, science, natural history, you fuggin’ name it. So I was actually surprised because I’ve never even been to the Bass Museum of Art in Miami Beach! To check out some of my favorite exhibitions, scroll down and take a look! Click this link and let’s get artsy~ M I L K by Leikeli47.
I went with my LYNK squad for a day trip to this museum and had the best time! It was a pretty small space but there was a lot of great contemporary art. So let’s go through these exhibitions!
This is the front of the museum, right at Collins Park. The neon “Eternity Now” sign is actually an art installation itself, and is part of the museum’s permanent collection.
Sylvie Fleury is known for her seductive works that re-contextualize status symbols, luxury goods and brand slogans. Eternity Now, 2015 is her latest site-specific neon, and is installed on the historic, Art Deco façade of The Bass, facing Collins Park.
This little rock formation is pretty recognizable, it’s been an installation all over the place and it’s finally made it to Miami!
Rondinone’s first foray into monumentalizing the mountain series came in May 2016 when he unveiled Seven Magic Mountains, a site specific installation comprised of 35 megalithic boulders, stacked into seven columns situated in the desert outside of Las Vegas, Nevada. Miami Mountain, a singular column, consists of five boulders, boasting fluorescent colors and is considered to be one of the most important works of land art in the past 40 years.
The tradition of stacking stones atop one another has existed across cultures for thousands of years. Cairns, or stone piles, carry diverse and dynamic cultural significance. A common thread amongst ancient and modern cairn builders alike is the designation of time and place. Miami Mountain follows in this tradition as a lone demarcation, a moment in time frozen forever.
This installation is the reason I found out about The Bass. I saw a couple of people Instagram these clowns and it piqued my curiosity too hard. When I saw it on Instagram, I thought that the clowns were real people and I was like say whaaaat?! When we went to check it out ourselves, I found out that they’re actually not real people (phew)… But they all looked so real!
vocabulary of solitude is an installation of 45 life-size clown figures cast from 22 men and 23 women of various ages and ethnicities. The work takes inspiration from the artist’s reflection on his daily actions, where each figure is engaged in a different quotidian activity, such as sleeping, dreaming, remembering, showering and walking.
This was one of the most visually appealing parts of the museum. This room was filled with colored mirrors that looked like windows and were propped up on walls full of newspaper clippings.
clockwork for oracles II (2008) is the multi-wall installation comprised of 52-mirrored windows (one for each week in the year) set against a backdrop of whitewashed pages from a local newspaper. Visitors encounter their mirrored reflections, stopping momentarily to contemplate how their temporary presence in the room contrasts with the dated newsprint behind the windows, which becomes more distant throughout the duration of the exhibition.
Finally, my favorite exhibition was this one, by Pascale Martine Tayou. The colors were beautiful and I loved the modern and old elements together.
Born in Cameroon and based in Ghent, Belgium, Pascale Marthine Tayou brings his itinerant practice to Miami Beach for his exhibition, Beautiful, creating an organic and collaboratively formed presentation of work made in the last decade. Visitors will navigate between stacked arabic pots, Colonnes Pascale (2012), and encounter Tayou’s colorful Fresque de Craies (2015), constructed of hundreds of chalk pieces arranged beneath West African colon tourist figures, gold foil, and plastic eggs. Tayou, whose practice spans media and subject matter, is an alchemist of sorts. His work fluidly transforms and recasts the viewer’s understanding of materials, objects, and narratives. Mediating between cultures, while setting man and nature in ambivalent relation to each other, his works are created in the knowledge that they are products of social, cultural, or political constructions. Tayou’s work is deliberately mobile and heterogeneous, elusive of pre-established schema.
To look at some more exhibitions and cool activities that the museum has to offer, check out the pictures below! But, even better, check out The Bass Museum and experience it all for yourself 😉
stay on point,