Last Friday Swiss haute horology brand Audemars Piguet teamed up with leading art gallery Galerie Perrotin to celebrate the ambitious new work by French artist duo Kolkoz commissioned specifically for Art Basel Miami Beach in an exclusive party. The new piece, Curiosity, drew in over 1000 guests, including artists, collectors and gallerists who arrived by speedboat to the iconic modernist structure of the disused Miami Marine Stadium, where the work was on display. On arrival, audiences were able to enter the structure, which was a snow-covered chalet floating out at sea.
The official opening of Curiosity featured Mayor of Miami Tomás Regalado, who launched Art Basel Miami Beach on Tuesday 3 December A slightly unusual addition to the Miami skyline, the unique chalet has proved an interesting talking point throughout the fair. The Friday night party was the culmination of a range of special events, including an opening dinner on Thursday 5 December that took place within the art work.
At Thursday’s opening dinner guests were greeted by the sight of long, candlelit white tables set up in front of Curiosity. On entrance, visitors were welcomed by François-Henry Bennahmias, CEO of Audemars Piguet. He discussed the company’s role in the initiative to historically restore the Miami Marine Stadium back to its former glory. There was also an appearance from Magnus Renfrew, Art Basel’s Director Asia, who referred to Audemars Piguet’s global partnership with Art Basel, and expressed delight at Kolkoz’s new work.
Curiosity was open to the public from 7-8 December and marks the first step in the path towards the rebirth of the Miami Marine Stadium.
Art Basel Miami Beach ran 5-8 December across Miami.
For information on Audemars Piguet visit www.audemarspiguet.com.
1. Curiosity, Kolkoz, courtesy the artists and Audemars Piguet.
Posted on 10 December 2013