Art agenda: Art Basel Miami

A sapphire piece to go on display as part of

A sapphire piece to go on display as part of "Cartier: Style and History" in Paris (Photo : V. Wulveryck, Collection Cartier © Cartier.)


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Among upcoming interational art events, the Grand Palais in Paris opens a retrospective of Cartier's glittering jewelry design, while Florida welcomes 50,000 visitors to the annual Art Basel Miami show.

Biographical Forms: Construction and Individual Mythology
November 27 - March 31
Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain

Works and installations from over fifty artists are brought together for this exploration of biography in art: Joseph Cornell, Max Ernst, Paul Klee, Ahlam Shibli, Dorothea Tanning, Claire Tenu and Mark Rothko are among the headliners; Shibli and Tenu participate in a discussion evening on opening night.

Cartier: Style and History

December 4 - February 16, 2014
Grand Palais, Paris, France

The luxury and particularity of the world-renowned Cartier house are on display, and not just its diamonds. Selections illustrate changes in taste, style, and social mores, as the jeweler's designs also trace a shift in its own style and influence upon the decorative arts.

Art Basel Miami
December 5-8
Miami, Florida, USA

50,000 visitors and 250 leading galleries congregate for this Art Basel spin-off which is now one of the world's major art fairs in its own right. Talks and events run alongside the show's distinct sections; new works debut, major projects are presented, outdoor installations and film and magazine interests are catered for. Design Miami and NADA Miami Beach take place at the same time.

Taoism in Korea: Deities and Immortals

December 10 - March 2, 2014
National Museum of Korea, Seoul

Given the status of being the first major exhibition to investigate the relationship between Taoist history and practice and the Korean way of life -- rather than the better understood dynamics between the country and Buddism or Confucianism -- this two month temporary exhibit presents a variety of artifacts, including paintings, books and craftwork.

Ink Art: Past as Present in Contemporary China

December 11 - April 6, 2014
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA

"There is an exciting discovery by the Chinese of Western responses to changes in Western society," says exhibition curator Mike Hearn of recent shifts in Chinese culture. And yet, in comparison, there is much to discover about Chinese heritage for both locals and internationals. "[Contemporary China] may look Western, but scratch the surface and underneath you will find a tradition of philosophy and social norms that is completely different."