On December 4, Marquis condo tower began its celebration of Art Basel-day and night. The luxury downtown Miami tower, overlooking Miami Beach, Museum Park, and the Adrienne Arsht Center was the ideal venue to host the awards ceremony for DawnTown, an annual international architecture competition. Elites in the design, architecture and art worlds including Dawntown founder Andrew Frey, Adriaan Geuze (landscape architect recently selected for the New World Symphony’s new building on Miami Beach), Marquis’ architect Bernardo Fort-Brescia, and Mera Rubell were on hand to announce the winners. Guests enjoyed a continental breakfast buffet on Marquis’ third floor luxe lounge while browsing the innovative designs for this year’s challenge to redesign the Museum Park Metromover station.
At noon, the party continued as Marquis hosted an off-site installation performance as part of the Truly Truthful exhibition at Art Asia Miami on the property’s Piazza, located at the dynamic intersection of downtown, the arts district and the Port of Miami. Marya Kazoun’s “Time After Self Portrait,” positioned mysterious stuffed black “creatures” throughout the streetside lawn of the Marquis Piazza, which came alive with a dazzling artistic performance, engaging guests, stopping traffic on Biscayne Boulevard as the “creature” crossed the busy street and lay in the median, and even came back up into the party and curled up on the floor as guests reached over the creature for cherry-filled champagne flutes.
Marquis celebrated the arts into the night as the host for Art Nexus’ private collectors dinner and RBC Wealth Management presentation. Guests were treated to a special “After Glow” dessert reception in the tower’s luxurious third floor lounge. Marquis was also the venue for the first stateside performance in the U.S. by chart-topping Columbian duo, Las Marti. The twin sisters’ blend of Afro-Cuban, Mexican and Colombian songs thrilled the over 250 art world VIPS that were in attendance.
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