Kunsthaus Miami

By Matt Balmaseda

There’s no mistaking the penchant for change in Miami’s art scene. Even galleries that have been around awhile can opt for new surroundings, additions and tones.

Kunsthaus Miami is one such gallery, which has existed on North Miami Avenue, between 33rd and 34th Streets, for the past five years. In early October, it found a new home only about ten blocks away. The space is larger, the atmosphere is just the right shade of different and, according to gallery director Andres Michelena, larger crowds than ever before have been coming to admire the works on display.

“It’s a very interesting gallery,” says Michelena. “The artists shown are not very well known in Miami, but the quality of exhibitions has been, and will continue to be, very high.” These artists come from all over the world, though the majority hails from Mexico, also where the gallery’s owner, Lothar Muller, resides. Other artists exhibited at Kunsthaus Miami are from Venezuela, Poland, Germany and Canada, among other international locales.

Through November 26th, the new Kunsthaus location exhibits its first show, Video Performance?, which features five pieces of video art from Santiago Echeverry, Gilberto Esparza, Guillermo Gomez-Pena, Gustavo Vasques, Aldo Guerra and the gallery director himself. As a working local artist who shows often with Hardcore Art, another local gallery, Michelena hands a multifaceted view of the contemporary art scene that lends well to Kunsthaus’s choice of exhibitions.

These exhibitions are particularly popular during the Wynwood and Design District’s monthly art walk. Along with neighboring galleries, Kunsthaus remains open late and welcomes the wandering crowds to view what is on display. During the October art walk, Kunthaus packed the house and garnered more attention from guests than is usual for a video art show, something that Michelena is proud of. “The people who visited were very pleased with the exhibit and the gallery. The new space helps with these kinds of exhibitions,” Michelena says. Future exhibitions will feature a wide variety of other mediums, from installation art to photography.

With Art Basel drawing near, Miami galleries are bracing for an onslaught of international art enthusiasts. Kunthaus Miami is planning to have a group exhibition at the time, though the specifics have yet to be determined. What can be expected, however, is a glimpse into the contemporary work of artists that offer voices that speak from across the globe.

The new Kunsthaus Gallery is eager to continue providing Miami’s art community with work that is truly unique in the dynamics of the city. With more space and a boost in enthusiasm, there are sure to be many memorable exhibitions to come in the gallery’s near future.

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Kunsthaus Miami

Daniela Edburg. From Dec 2008 through Feb 2009.  Kunsthaus Miami. Miami GalleryKilling Time, the new series of photographs by Daniela Edburg is currently on display at Kunsthaus Miami. The recent works relate to a melancholic criticism of the devastation of the wars around the world. This exhibition is about fictitious realities and social archetypes, taken to their extremes and shaped with sarcasm. Using the icon of the bomb and the metaphor of time, the scenes have a tranquil setting where the characters seem peaceful watching the constant destruction. With the aura of superficiality as a backdrop, the constructed photography of Daniela Edburg proposes an ironic and apocalyptic drama. (more…)

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