Design Miami’s Curatorial Director Sees Art Fairs as Powerful Platforms for Cultural Exchange
The concept of the Golden Age was first introduced by the ancient Greek philosopher Hesiod, around 700 B.C., in a reference to a mythical, long-gone era of ease and peace. The nostalgic term has since been used metaphorically across place and time to describe periods that have been propelled forward by cultural advancement and financial stability. The unbridled optimism and expansive thinking of these moments are the focus for the programming in the upcoming 16th edition of Design Miami Basel (June 14–19), taking place at the Swiss city’s Messeplatz. Organized around the theme “The Golden Age: Rooted in the Past,” the event seeks to explore the ways in which collaboration and imaginative power can help us to confront the economic, political, and social challenges of today. The fair will display works in a hybrid physical and digital format—all works on the show floor will be available for purchase on the organization’s website, which will offer live-streamed and exclusively digital design talks—in an effort to encourage visitors from around the world to engage with the works and ideas on view.