THE BASS MUSEUM OF ART, MIAMI 27.4.2018-2.9.2018

The Bass Museum of Art
2100 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Courtesy videography by Jorge Graupera, JG Films

The destefashioncollection is an incremental project conceived by the DESTE Foundation for Contemporary Art to consider and trouble the boundaries between art and fashion. Each year from 2007 through 2014, DESTE commissione­d an artist to survey that season’s international fashion offerings and to select five related items with which to execute a capsule project, reflecting on the formal, representational, material and social economies that circulate between art and fashion. Initiated with the Benaki Museum, Athens, in 2014, the exhibition DESTEFASHIONCOLLECTION: 1 to 8 assembles all eight years of capsules and projects.

Adapted by The Bass in collaboration with the DESTE Foundation, the exhibition design in Miami Beach is created by architect Edwin Chan and marks the first time the collection is exhibited in its entirety within the United States. DESTEFASHIONCOLLECTION: 1 to 8 seeks to compare the artists’ fashion selections and their interpretations, and to expose the ligatures, relays and exchanges within the components of the collection. Neither solely about fashion nor about art, the exhibition builds on the tensions, affinities, and distance between the two and the problem of contemporariness revealed in their relationship. Moreover, the show navigates these boundaries through a curatorial apparatus that draws connections among the elements of each capsule, while simultaneously re-inscribing separations, differences and distinctions. Participating artists in the destefashioncollection project are: Michael Amzalag and Mathias Augustyniak (M/M Paris), 2007; Juergen Teller, 2008; Helmut Lang, 2009; Patrizia Cavalli, 2010; Charles Ray, 2011; Athina Rachel Tsangari, 2012; Diller Scofidio +Renfro, 2013; and Maria Papadimitriou, 2014.


The Bass is Miami Beach’s contemporary art museum. Founded in 1964 by the City of Miami Beach, the museum was established after the donation of a private collection by residents John and Johanna Bass and opened in what was formerly the Miami Beach Public Library and Art Center, a 1930s Art Deco building designed by Russell Pancoast. Recognized for organizing the first solo museum exhibitions in the United States of international artists such as Erwin Wurm, The Bass has also presented major exhibitions by influential artists including El Anatsui, Isaac Julien, Eve Sussman and Piotr Uklański. The exhibition program encompasses a wide range of media and artistic points of view, bringing fresh perspectives to the diverse cultural context of Miami Beach. The Bass is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. For more information, please visit

Born in Hong Kong and educated in the United States, Edwin Chan operates his independent architectural and design practice, EC3, based in Los Angeles. He received his Bachelor of Arts from the College of Environmental Design at the University of California at Berkeley and earned a Master of Architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Upon graduation, Chan joined Frank O. Gehry & Associates in Los Angeles, where he was a Design Partner from 2000-2010, and oversaw the design, coordination and execution of many of the firm’s most significant projects. His built portfolio encompasses over 3 million square feet of cultural and institutional buildings that have redefined cities, and reinforced communities. Since 2012, he has steadily gained credibility and attention for his cross-disciplinary approach to design for projects of varying scale and cultural significance.


DESTEFASHIONCOLLECTION: 1 to 8 is organized by the DESTE Foundation in collaboration with The Bass, Miami Beach. Exhibition design by Edwin Chan, architect.
DESTEFASHIONCOLLECTION: 1 to 8 is presented with the support of the City of Miami Beach, Cultural Affairs Program and Cultural Arts Council, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, and sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.
  • Michael Amzalag & Mathias Augustyniak (M/M Paris)
  • patrizia cavalli
  • Diller Scofidio + Renfro
Exhibition design by: Edwin Chan