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MIAMI RIVER ART FAIR The Gates of Paradise

by Dr. Barbara Aust-Wegemund - Art Historian & Managing Director at Art History Consulting Art Basel Miami Beach is one of the world’s most successful art fairs, which takes place at the same time as numerous satellite art fairs in the first week of December. In the heart of Miami Downtown, Miami River Art Fair reflects the urban landscape of Miami and responds to the city’s rapid growth as a cultural destination. This year the curated exhibition, titled “The Gates of Paradise”, will be showcased at Miami River Art Fair, based on a conceptual background. “In 1425 Lorenzo Ghiberti was commissioned to design a pair of bronze doors for Florence’s Baptistery. He laboured on the task for 27 years, fashioning a masterpiece that Michelangelo called “truly worthy to be the Gates

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of Paradise” for its remarkable beauty and grandeur“, Dr Barbara Aust-Wegemund, the curator and art historian explains. What about THE GATES OF PARADISE today? The word paradise conveys the meaning of a beautiful garden, where living creatures are in peace and harmony with one another. Today a massive worldwide flow of people is in search for a peaceful place to live. The curated group show poses the question what is the paradise today and how can we live authentically and being part of a globalised world. Celebrating international emerging and established artists in Miami, selected artists created theme specific artworks for the show “The

Gates of Paradise”, among them: Tracy L. Barwick (USA), Stefania Bertini Cavelti (Switzerland), Eckhard Besuden (Germany), Dorene Ginzler (USA), Yuriko Hirose (Japan), Ai-Wen Wu Kratz (USA), Barbara Krupp (USA), Karen Mulder (USA), Anja Sieber(Germany) and Inna Timokhina (Switzerland). To remember to the Italian Renaissance scientist and astronomer Galileo Galilei, the artist Anja Sieber was thinking about the original concept of the series consisted of the idea of “starry sky” (in Latin sidereus nuncius), since Galileo directed his telescope to numerous other heavenly bodies besides the moon. So she realised an installation of “heavenly bodies”. The position of these “stars”, to which she

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