As Art Basel Miami Beach kicks off, eyes will be trained on the city’s Bass Museum of Art, where the colourful multimedia exhibition One Way: Peter Marino opens on Thursday December 4. The show serves to highlight nearly 40 years of the iconic architect’s cross-disciplinary practice, with select works from his extensive contemporary-art collection, as well as new commissions, exquisite cast-bronze boxes, all crowned with a recreation of Christoph Willibald Gluck’s opera Orfeo ed Euridice, for which Marino designed the sets.
Curated by cultural agitator Jérôme Sans, the show opens with Gregor Hildebrandt’s Orphische Schatten (“Orphic Shadows”) – a site-specific installation featuring hundreds of strips of videotape – and gives way to a series of mirrored fantastical passageways showcasing works by Keith Haring, Richard Serra, Andy Warhol and Loris Gréaud, to name but a few artists. Marino’s signature leather-clad style can be found throughout, and walls upholstered in hide are the backdrop for specific groupings of pop art, iconic photography and sculpture. “One Way is an exploration of my various interactions with art,” explains Marino, “and it will reveal a lot about me: my architecture, the boxes I make and the work that I commission from other artists. It is a window into my personal creative universe.”
Marino’s passion for working with some of today’s leading artists is in full effect here, with Anselm Kiefer, Nate Lowman, Christopher Wool and Erwin Wurm among the nearly 50 creators represented in the diverse show. After a series of dazzling, thought-provoking, often provocative gallery spaces, Marino concludes One Way with the opera recreation that is a collaboration between his wife Jane Trapnell, Francesco Clemente and Michael Rovner, with costumes designed by Dior creative director Raf Simons. It’s an example of the designer’s belief in the intersection of high art, fashion and architecture.
Many elements of One Way, from the rich, leather-bound catalogue ($50) to jewellery designs in the artist’s signature biker style (prices yet to be set) and his stunning selection of new weighty boxes in varying metallic hues (available through Peter Marino Architect) – many seen here for the first time – are for sale. Objets d’art range from a Gold Bark box (€150,000, fourth picture) to Horizontal Club (€180,000, third picture) and Golden Novella (€240,00, first picture) boxes, as well as a striking cognac-hued version (€240,000, second picture).
“One Way is a portal to the wonderland – or labyrinth – of Peter’s boundless creativity,” explains Sans. “And the iconic American city of Miami Beach is the perfect place to explore and challenge the true notion of an exhibition.”