Every December, Art Basel descends on Miami, bringing with it a flock of art aficionados eager to take in its cultural cache. But while the official event takes place in the Miami Beach Convention Center, there’s plenty of avant-garde offerings outside its industrial walls—in fact, some now call the whole affair “Art Week,” an acknowledgement of all the offerings worth doing and seeing in the city.
So, after perusing Art Basel and its neighboring fair, Design Miami, what should you get up to? Below, the best pop-ups and installations in Miami Beach and beyond.
Pink Beast (Design District)
Tucked into the trees in Miami’s Design District are pink sisal-tassel sloths, all part of the outdoor installation Pink Beasts. London-based, Mexican-born artist Fernando Laposse created these creatures with red dye from the tiny cochineal insect, a native species that have been used for textile-coloring since the Aztec age. (An added splash of lemon juice and baking soda gives them their Art Deco a propos pink shade.) Accompanying these arboreal animals are sculptural hammocks by Angela Damman, meant for public use.
“Dollar a Gallon“ (Paseo Ponti, Between NE 40th & 41st Streets)
Virgil Abloh continues to flex his multi-hyphenate status with “Dollar a Gallon,” an installation at Paseo Ponti. The sculpture is a Sunoco gas sign, complete with prices, that sinks into the ground. It serves as a commentary on how necessities, like energy, are often repackaged as brands—and, as a result, it reflects capitalism as a whole.
Miu Miu M/Marbles Stool (Various Locations)
After a debut at Milan’s Salone de Mobile, Miu Miu launches their second stool collaboration with renowned Paris design agency, M/M. This iteration, called the M/Marbles Stool, is made of palm wood and crepe rubber, adorned with colorful, meticulously crafted Murano glass pegs. They’ll be available to buy on MiuMiu.com—but here’s the fun part: giant versions are on view at The Standard Hotel and the historic Buena Vista Post Office from December 6-8.
Versace x Sasha Bikoff, Versace Store (186 NE 39th Street Miami, FL)
Like Miu Miu and M/M, Versace and bold-bright-and-brash interior designer Sasha Bikoff first debuted their collaboration during Salone del Mobile. Now armed with some new pieces, the updated collection debuts at Versace’s Design District Store. It’s inspired by South Beach during the 80s and 90s, as well as prints from the Italian house’s archive—think a hot pink chair with a blazing sun emblazoned on the back. On view from December 6 through December 8.
House of Suntory (Jungle Plaza, 3801 NE 1st Ave, Miami)
Suntory transports their “Tiny House” traveling bar from Japan to Miami this week, offering up traditional highball cocktails and spirits. And while the drinks surely are divine, the service too, will be a cultural experience: the Japanese are known for omotenashi—or hospitality that puts guests before all else.
Hanging Jungle, Casa Faena (3500 Collins Ave, Miami Beach)
The Manscapers—the buzzy, Brooklyn-based landscaping firm—will create a lush hanging jungle suspended from the atrium of Casa Faena. The installation is in partnership with St. Germain and Tulum hotspot Gitano (so, true to form, there are a lot of disco balls). The latter just opened a new restaurant in a Spanish-style villa, and, if the ascendent popularity of their New York location is any indication, it’s sure to be Miami Beach’s new hotspot. Opens on December 4.
The Surf Lodge Pop-Up, W South Beach (2201 Collins Ave, Miami Beach)
It’s an endless summer for Montauk mainstay The Surf Lodge, which brings their East End energy to Miami Beach with a pop-up at the W South Beach. They teamed up with And Partners to cover the bungalow’s exterior with a day-glo camouflage pattern—a nod to their new Assouline book, Taste, Craft & Wit. They’re also bringing down their Sanctuary wellness program: fitness and meditation classes will be taught on-site by celebrity instructors, all open to the public. December 4 through 8.
Faena Bazaar & Curio (3400 Collins Ave, Miami Beach)
Since opening last year, Faena Bazaar has become a must-stop shop for thoughtfully curated objects, clothing, and art. This Art Week, they up the ante with the debut of “Curio,” or a retail concept of thoughtfully-edited brands, like In the Mood for Love (the Turkish ready-to-wear line that knows their way around a sequin) Odile Jacobs (a Belgium-based brand), Harmonist fragrances, and more. Armarium, the fashion girl’s favorite haute rental, is setting up shop, and there’s also a cafe and salon. If the art parties have you overwhelmed, there’s nothing like some retail therapy.
Originally Appeared on Vogue