On Friday 6 December 2013, Swiss haute horology brand Audemars Piguet and leading art gallery Galerie Perrotin hosted a prestigious party to celebrate ‘Curiosity’, an ambitious new art work by French artist duo Kolkoz created especially for Art Basel in Miami Beach. The party was attended by over 1000 guests, including artists, collectors and gallerists who arrived by speedboat to the iconic modernist structure of the disused Miami Marine Stadium. Once at the Stadium, guests were able to board ‘Curiosity’, the playful snow covered chalet floating out at sea and celebrate late into the night.
‘Curiosity’, was launched on Tuesday 3 December, the eve of Art Basel in Miami Beach, by Mayor of Miami Tomás Regalado. The mysterious chalet has since become an unusual addition to the Miami skyline and has proved an interesting talking point throughout the week. The Friday night party was the culmination of a host of special events, including a dinner on Thursday 5 December, that have taken place at the art work to mark Audemars Piguet’s first presence at Art Basel in Miami Beach.
At the opening dinner on Thursday 5 December, guests were greeted by the sight of long, candlelit white tables set up in front of ‘Curiosity’. Welcoming guests at the event, François-Henry Bennahmias, CEO of Audemars Piguet thanked all of the stakeholders involved in the project, expressing how delighted Audemars Piguet are to be involved in the initiative to historically restore the Miami Marine Stadium back to its former glory. Magnus Renfrew, Art Basel’s Director Asia also spoke at the event, celebrating Audemars Piguet’s global partnership with Art Basel, and expressing delight at Kolkoz’s new work. The Miami Marine Stadium architect Hilario Candela finished the speeches with a special presentation of four chairs from the Friends of the Miami Marine Stadium which were given as a thank you to François-Henry Bennahmias, CEO of Audemars Piguet for its involvement and support in one of the first steps of this restoration project. It is hoped that ‘Curiosity’ by Kolkoz will be the first step in the path towards the rebirth of the Miami Marine Stadium.
‘Curiosity’ is now open to the public throughout the weekend (7 and 8 December 2013) so visitors can explore the art work and come face to face with the impressive Miami Marine Stadium.
Until 8 December 2013, Audemars Piguet will welcome guests to its dedicated space in the Collectors’ Lounge at Art Basel in Miami Beach where it is showcasing Dan Holdsworth’s photographs of the Vallée de Joux alongside a presentation centred on Audemars Piguet’s iconic stainless steel ‘Royal Oak’ model. Visitors can view a historic display about this and other classic pieces from the brand’s 138-year history, as well as a watchmaker’s bench with the famous guillochage machine. Guided tours by watch specialists complement the experience.
Pursuing its commitment to creativity and innovation, Audemars Piguet has initiated a long-term partnership as a global Associate Partner and looks forward to exploring further artist collaborations at future Art Basel shows.