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Design Miami/Basel returns in September with international gallery lineup and new hybrid exhibition format
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Design Miami/Basel returns to the Basel Messeplatz for the fifteenth edition of the fair from 21-26 September 2021.
The 2021 fair signals a strong return with 27 international gallery presentations and 14 Curio exhibitions as well as a reimagined "Design at Large" program with large scale works and installations.
The upcoming edition will also introduce the hybrid physical/digital event format for the fair first unveiled in Miami in 2020, this will allow collectors to view and shop works from the show floor directly online as well as engage in digital programming including virtual tours, talks and more.
In an international first, Superblue will also partner with Design Miami/ to present Shylights by DRIFT, Dutch artist duo Lonneke Gordijn and Ralph Nauta. The installation, which will take over the 2500 sqm Event Hall 1.0, will be the first international presentation by Superblue, the new venture dedicated to producing, presenting, and engaging audiences with experiential art, which opened its first center in Miami in May, 2021. Shylights is a poetic, upside-down forest of moving flowers that evokes the impermanence of nature and sense of wonder that comes from being immersed in it. The flowers mimic the process of "nyctinasty", the cyclic movement of plants in response to the arrival of dusk or dawn.

"Design Miami/ is looking forward to coming together again in-person in Basel, while also bringing the very best parts of our fairs to a wider audience through our new hybrid format. We are delighted to be offering an enhanced online event and shopping experience for the Basel edition through our expanded digital platform, designmiami.com. The galleries and partners that make Design Miami/ so exceptional are already exciting us with what they have planned for September and we look forward to revealing more details over the coming months" said Jennifer Roberts, CEO of Design Miami/.

The thematic of this new edition will be "Human Nature", where the ever-evolving relationship between humans and the natural world will be examined. The dichotomy between humans and nature, once considered distinct, whether in conflict or in harmony, has collapsed. Aric Chen, Curatorial Director, asks us to examine what role design might play in responding to this new reality. How might we look to both the past and the future to rethink the interactions between humans, nature—and human nature?

"Design Miami has always been the global forum for design, and as the Basel fair returns this year, we hope Human Nature will continue to prompt lively discussion through our talks and programming while offering another lens for looking at the work of our galleries and designers".

INFO/PHOTO COURTESY: basel2020.designmiami.com

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