The Museum in the Hood

05PEREZjp-popupI have to admit  I am starting to like Miami. Just a few weeks in the crater-cracked asphalt of Brazil, Miami seems paradise. The new museum across the street helps: the design is spectacular, jaw-dropping, high wow factor, there’s culture and nature and it could be anywhere (but hey it’s across the street). From the Swiss architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron, of Herzog & de Meuron, who did Tate Modern in London, the de Young Museum in San Francisco and the 1111 garage at the beach. Let’s hope they have exhibits now, and I will be a diligent member.

 

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Rainbow City is an environmental installation aiming interaction, ritual, and play. Inspired by Holi, a festival effectuated by Hindu followers throwing brightly colored water and powder at each other, FriendsWithYou will show a collection of mutable, air-filled colored sculptures. The individual structures are simple, minimal forms, borrowing aesthetics from toy-like geometry and design, which tower over guests, as each element’s height ranges from ten to forty feet. The gigantic sculptures dwarfs down man to trigger reverence. They also “embrace” visitors, while repetitive sound elements enhance the sensory experience. Surreal, psychedelic,  and ludic. Unmissable.

By FriendsWithYou in association with OHWOW and Dacra
December 2 – December 5, 2010
3800 NE 1 Avenue / Miami Design District / Florida / 33137