On display from June 21 through November 16 are twenty works from Zimbabwe’s greatest contemporary sculptors, whose art invokes an awareness of the wisdom and legends of traditional African cultures. These impressive monoliths have an expressive power unlike any other, depicting themes such as nature and the environment, family and society, and legends and the spirit world. Pieces from the exhibit will be available for sale throughout their time at the Garden through Curator Brad Guthrie. Come discover for yourself the reasons they have received critical acclaim the world over. Formerly displayed at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden.
The Bass Museum of Art along with the Miami Beach Botanical Garden and ArtCenter/South Florida present Nayda Collazo-Llorens: Pleasure, Fear and the Pursuit of Happiness. A public textual intervention consisting of text bubbles throughout the walking paths of the Miami Beach Botanical Gardens. Collazo-Llorens’ works are based on thoughts and memories, both real and invented, collected from Miami Beach locals and visitors. The text was collected by completing on-site questionnaires, informal surveys and casual conversations in and around Miami Beach. Pedestrians will experience the narrative by participating in an open-ended journey, a textscape or mental mapping to accompany them as they walk the gardens. Nayda Collazo-Llorens is a visual artist based in both New York City and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is an ArtCenter alumna who was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Pleasure, Fear and the Pursuit of Happiness is on view June 29 through November 3, 2013.
Terracotta Army Warrior
Can you find our lone warrior in his solitary corner of the Garden? He is a replica of one of the thousands of statues found in the 1970's buried with Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. These statues are known as the Terracotta Army, and our replica was a gift to the City of Miami Beach from China, given in 2013. Miami Beach and China have a close connection, as the Global Business Access Council coordinates delegations from Florida to China in order to help facilitate business relations with foreign countries and increase Chinese tourism to Miami Beach.