Developers and brokerages are getting creative for Art Basel

The real estate and art worlds will merge at exhibitions, shows, events

Yes, Art Basel is about the art. But there’s far more going on.

This week, real estate and art converge in Miami as developers, brokerages, architects and hotels will showcase their luxury projects to the upscale crowd.

Brokerage firms are sponsoring art fairs, condo projects will have parties and exhibits — one will include a flying car — architects are showcasing their work. Meanwhile, museums and hotels are offering soirees during the event: Art Basel Miami Beach and Art Week.

Even Brightline is getting in on the action, wrapping a train with Keith Haring art in conjunction with a museum.

Here are some of the real estate-related events scheduled, with some are open to the public, some require tickets and and some are invitation only:

Paramount Miami Worldcenter
Paramount Miami Worldcenter, the recently completed condominium tower that plans a Skyport on its 58th floor, is unveiling a prototype of the world’s first flying car along with its contemporary art collection.

The exhibit, “Miami 2020 and Beyond” will feature the PAL-V (Personal Air Landing Vehicle) Pioneer flying car a contemporary art collection including “Red World” by artist Steven Manolis, and “Miami Vice” and “Moons Over Miami” by Miami graffiti artist Ahol Sniffs Glue. The Dutch-made PAL-V Pioneer — already in production and selling for $599,000 — is equipped with retractable overhead and rear propellers and tail wings, and can cruise at an altitude up to 12,500 feet.

Magic City Innovation District
The Magic City Innovation District is unveiling BaseCamp, an interactive art park in Little Haiti. The park will feature programming that includes live shows, Haitian and Caribbean music, yoga, meditation, community talks and art installations.

The 18-acre, 7.8 million-square-foot mixed-use development is expected to eventually include,630 residential units, 432 hotel rooms, 2 million square feet of office space, 350,000 square feet of retail, and four acres of public open space. The developers are Plaza Equity Partners, led by Neil Fairman; Miami developer and real estate broker Tony Cho; and Cirque du Soleil co-founder Guy Laliberte.

Les Lalanne at The Raleigh Gardens
Developer Michael Shvo recently unveiled his Lalanne exhibit behind the Raleigh hotel in Miami Beach ahead of Miami Art Week.

Les LaLanne at The Raleigh Gardens, at 1775 Collins Avenue, features tropical landscaping and sculptures by the late French artists. It’s open to the public from noon to 8 p.m. Shvo is planning a major redevelopment of the Raleigh and surrounding hotels, including a new tower to be built behind the properties, fronting the beach. The New York developer, along with Bilgili Group and Deutsche Finance Group, paid about $243 million for the Raleigh, Richmond Hotel and the South Seas Hotel.

The Miami Design District has an array of exhibitions, including: Pink Beasts by Fernando Laposse and Versace’s South Beach Stories.
The Design District chose Mexican designer Fernando Laposse for the 2019 Neighborhood Commission. The installation consists of strands of pink sisal tassels suspended through the trees guiding visitors to discover a collection of pink hairy sloths hanging from ropes, trees and arches. In collaboration with designer Angela Damman, the installation also incorporates 10 sculptural hammocks which will hang on metal structures and directly on palm trees for public use.

A new exhibition by Versace and interior designer Sasha Bikoff will debut in the Design District’s Palm Court. Drawing inspiration from the brand’s heritage, one-of-a-kind furniture pieces designed by Bikoff will be displayed together with the archive looks they reference. Versace’s Miami Design District boutique will also showcase three settings designed by Sasha, first presented at FuoriSalone during Milan Design Week 2019.

Douglas Elliman at Art Basel
Douglas Elliman’s development marketing arm is the show partner at Art Basel Miami Beach for the seventh year. It will showcase its new developments in the Collectors Lounge as well as its partnership with Knight Frank. Elliman will also release its annual art issue of Elliman Magazine.

Mirador 1200
A penthouse at the Mirador 1200 Condo, listed by Coldwell Banker affiliated agent Sandra Debuire for $3.9 million, will have a mural painted in celebration of Art Basel.

Muralist Olan Kalnis will paint the mural on the wall of the unit’s 5,000-square-foot panoramic rooftop. The unit is composed of two joined penthouse suites at the condo at 1200 West Avenue in Miami Beach.

Pinta Miami
One Sotheby’s International Realty is the real estate sponsor of Pinta Miami, the 13th annual Latin American art fair. This year, Pinta is being held at Mana Wynwood and will have 60 galleries on display from Latin America, the U.S. and Europe.

Villa Valencia is among the One Sotheby’s projects that will be showcased at Pinta. Location Ventures is developing Villa Valencia, a 13-story, 39-unit condo project at 515 Valencia Avenue in Coral Gables.

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Red Dot Miami and Spectrum Miami
Cervera Real Estate is a cultural partner of Red Dot Miami and Spectrum Miami, also at Mana Wynwood. This year, it is not sponsoring the art fair but will be a cultural partner, giving Red Dot and Spectrum access to its broker and associate network.

El Espacio 23
Developer and art collector Jorge Pérez recently opened El Espacio 23, an art gallery in Allapattah. The 28,000-square-foot space will house the Jorge M. Pérez Collection.

Brightline, in partnership with Miami’s Rubell Museum, debuted a special Keith Haring wrapped train to kick off Art Week Miami. The train is wrapped with images from Haring’s work in the museum’s collection, with additional Haring imagery on display at Brightline’s West Palm Beach station.

To celebrate the museum’s opening on Wednesday, Brightline will offer special Haring-illustrated tickets and free admission to the museum with proof of ridership.

Prairie Residence
As part of DesignMiami’s events, architect Rene Gonzalez will lead a private tour of the Prairie Residence where environmental challenges like sea-level rise were taken into consideration to create a luxury private residence.

Gonzalez’s work integrates tropical gardens and interiors with an elevated architecture. The curatorial effort includes the work of Vincenzo De Cotiis, Emmanuel Babled, Germans Ermiçs, Mauricio Del Valle, and artists such as Jose Dávila, Sinisa Kukec, and Darío Escobar.

Brickell City Centre
Brickell City Centre will host Conversations with Nature, an exhibit curated by Albie Alexander. It will showcase artists from across all mediums to explore humankind’s relationship with nature and invite guests to interact directly with original artwork, poetry, meditation and music by Basia Goszczynska, Yrsa Daley-Ward, Brittany Asch of BRRCH, Sarah Meyohas, LARAAJI and more.

East, Miami
In collaboration with Argentine curator Ximena Caminos, EAST, Miami has joined with Miami-based artist Carlos Betancourt to create an installation, On the Edge: The Hopeful Forest. It will be on display in the lobby, featuring a series of totems made from repurposed, abandoned objects found in the surrounding community.

Shore Club South Beach
Shore Club South Beach will display Rubem Robierb’s inaugural “Greta” sculpture, a 10-foot tall sculpture from the “Dream Machine Series.” It is a tribute to Greta Thunberg, the 16-year old, internationally recognized environmental activist.

SLS South Beach
SLS South Beach and Los Angeles-based artist, Punk Me Tender, are collaborating to create an art display the hotel’s front entrance as well as wrap the resort’s two MOKE America cruisers on the front lawn of the beachfront property. In addition, Flore will exhibit “Lavish,” along with a 15-minute time lapse video projected onto the rear side of the building.

1 Hotel South Beach
Created from 50,000 salvaged plastic bags — equal to the amount used in Florida every four minutes — and salvaged fishing nets, Basia Goszczynska’s Rainbow Cave will be featured at Drift, the 1 Hotel South Beach lobby bar.

Mana Contemporary
Moishe Mana is hosting a series of exhibits in downtown Miami’s Flagler District for the third straight year. At the 777 International Mall building, at 145 East Flagler Street, artists will open up their studios to visitors, hosting daily performances and activations.

In Wynwood, Mana Contemporary has more than 300,000 feet of murals and over 50 artists participating in Miami Art Week. Decentralized, Superchief Gallery, and Mana Contemporary in partnership with Superchief Gallery will open three new gallery spaces. Mana is also hosting his annual birthday bash in Wynwood.

The Wynwood Walls is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Goldman Properties released new murals at the Walls, at 2520 Northwest Second Avenue.

LeBron James’ Unknwn store opens at 261 Northwest 26th Street. James — the basketball superstar and former Miami Heat player — co-founded Unknwn with Jaron Kanfer and Frankie Walker Jr. The roughly 10,000-square-foot store includes 3,000 square feet of retail space and 4,000 square feet of courtyard space, designed by the firm New York Sunshine. David Edelstein owns the Wynwood building.

Diesel is unveiling its Wynwood development. The retailer will showcase a model unit via virtual reality with the company’s founder, Renzo Rosso, and Andrea Rosso, creative director. It will also unveil a collaboration with the retailer Bodega, which will have the Diesel x Bodega “Unofficial Basel Gift Shop.”

The Italian retail clothing’s Diesel Living line is partnering with Bel Invest Group, an international real estate investment company based in Vicenza, Italy, to build a 143-unit condominium complex at 115 to 161 Northwest 28th Street. The Wynwood Business Improvement District will convert Second Avenue into a pedestrian-only street to make artwork and murals more accessible between Friday and Sunday.

Italkraft, an Italian designer of kitchens, bathrooms, closets and doors, is celebrating the opening of its newest showroom in Wynwood in conjunction with the kick off of Art Basel. This showroom, now open to the public, features art from Ale Jordão, curated by Bia Duarte. Brazilian artist Ale Jordão creates art stemming from his exploration of the field between art and design.