Gonzalo Fuenmayor, The Unexpected Guest, 2014 (Photo: Collection of Alan Faena and Ximena Caminos)
The Rem Koolhaas/OMA-designed Faena Forum doesn’t open ’til the next edition of Art Basel Miami Beach, but that won’t stop it from being the talk of this go-round. The building-in-progress, slated to be the 50,000-square-foot centerpiece of Alan Faena‘s Miami Beach mixed-use wonderland at 33rd and Collins, is making a splash with the newly opened Faena Collaboratory.
Designed with Koolhaas and Atelier Marko Brajovic, the pop-up pavilion provides a window into the creative process behind the Faena Forum through an installation of models, drawings, notes, and research and will also serve as the temporary home for site-specific commissions by Studio Job (we hear the Antwerp-based design collective is riffing on the Fountain of Youth) and Colombian-born, Miami-based artist Gonzalo Fuenmayor, who is promising nothing short of “Eden”: an outdoor installation of tropical-themed, trans-American opulence.
The works, to be unveiled tomorrow, will be on view through Saturday at Faena Collaboratory, while a third commission–by Argentine artist Manuel Ameztoy–will enliven the atrium of Faena’s nearby (and newly redesigned) Casa Claridge through a combination of hand-cut fabric and hot-pink light.