Miami Art Week is set to witness a celebration of architectural legacy and artistic finesse as the famed architect Morris Lapidus takes center stage in an exclusive exhibition titled “Morris Lapidus My Home.” This captivating showcase of artwork and furniture will be featured at The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach, coinciding with Art Basel | Miami Beach and Design Miami 2023.
Architectural Marvel of MiMo Style:
The historic property, a masterpiece of Lapidus’ signature MiMo (Miami Modern) style, originally opened its doors 70 years ago as the DiLido Hotel in 1953. As the anniversary of this iconic structure aligns with the 20th anniversary of The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach, the hotel is set to honor and explore the creative genius behind the transformation of Miami Beach’s cityscape.
A Glimpse into Morris Lapidus’ Personal Space:
In a groundbreaking move, The Bass Museum of Art will contribute art objects and furniture pieces from Morris Lapidus’ personal collection to The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach. This exhibition, curated by Deborah Desilets and directed by Ronit Neuman, provides a rare insight into the architect’s personal expressions through paintings, repurposed objects, and never-before-seen designs.
Objects of Art and Personal Significance:
Visitors to the exhibit can expect to encounter a curated selection of objets d’art, including Lapidus’ glass dining room table, a coffee table carved in the form of a Roman sculpture discovered during his school days, porcelain masks modeled in 1929, and intricate light fixtures designed to create illusions of height and sparkle with cascading crystals and palm leaves. The collection also features personal paintings that offer a glimpse into Lapidus’ artistic soul.
The Significance of Miami Beach’s Architectural Heritage:
Silvia Karman Cubiñá, Executive Director/Chief Curator for The Bass, highlights the importance of recognizing figures like Morris Lapidus who contributed to the origins of Miami Beach. The collaboration between The Bass and The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach is praised for its meaningful endeavor to commemorate South Beach’s iconic past while celebrating the future through design, culture, and art.
A Journey Through Time and Space:
As Miami Art Week kicks off on December 5th, attendees will have the unique opportunity to immerse themselves in Morris Lapidus’ world. The exhibition promises an emotional experience, affirming Lapidus’ belief that it all starts at home.
Preserving Architectural Grandeur:
Since its inauguration as the Dilido Hotel 70 years ago, The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach has retained the glory and glamour envisioned by Lapidus. The sweeping, curved walls and distinctive hubcap lighting stand as enduring symbols of his architectural legacy.
“Morris Lapidus My Home” is not just an exhibition; it’s a journey into the heart of architectural brilliance and personal expression. As attendees explore the curated collection, they will witness the marriage of art and design that defined an era and left an indelible mark on the vibrant city of Miami Beach.
This Miami Art Week, join us in celebrating Morris Lapidus, the visionary architect whose creativity transcends time, and experience the allure of his personal collection at The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach.