With contemporary artist Christie van der Haak, The Wolf is dreaming big this fall! Christie will develop unique textile and batik-inspired patterns to transform the museum’s façade and lobby, and her vibrant vision will be extended with nightly projections of additional geometric designs in vivid color. On view for almost seven months, MORE IS MORE is a bold, contemporary response to our next major exhibition, Modern Dutch Design, and will be the largest public artwork on view during Art Basel Miami Beach/Miami Art Week 2016.
Join us in making this dream a reality—and in return, we’ll send you some amazing, specially-designed rewards and unique experiences that will bring you closer to the art. When you show your support, you not only get to help us realize this dynamic public project, but you’ll also be able to take home Christie's bold designs in the form of postcards, scarves, tote bags, and more.
The bigger the success of our campaign, the greater the visual splash MORE IS MORE will make on Miami Beach, a city all about color since the heyday of neon!
This campaign is endorsed by an independent jury selected by Art Basel. Check out their curated page to learn about other great cultural projects.
About The Wolfsonian–FIU
The Wolf is more than just the leading authority on the modern age—we start conversations between makers of the past and makers today. In our more than two decades on Miami Beach, we’ve collaborated with contemporary artists and designers renowned internationally for their forward-thinking projects: Stefan Sagmeister, Francesco Vezzoli, Lawrence Weiner, Todd Oldham and Wayne White, Michelle Weinberg, and more. Whether they dress up our building’s façade, take over our iconic Bridge Tender House, or transform our lobby, these creative minds have been a huge part of the Wolfsonian community, and their imaginative projects have been a key element of our mission since day one.
About Christie van der Haak
“All my work…represents a part of an infinite universe.” – Christie van der Haak
Based in The Hague and winner of the prestigious Ouborg Prize, Christie van der Haak (b. 1950) began her career as a painter and established her name as a designer of intricate, heavily structured immersive environments. Her installation at the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag inspired The Wolf to invite her to create a monumental art project on Miami Beach. When placed in dialogue with the historic Dutch works on view in Modern Dutch Design, Christie’s patterns—influenced by tapestries and the Javanese batik technique—become a testament to the rich legacy of Dutch design ingenuity, a symbol of where the Netherlands has come from and where it’s going.
Christie hand-draws and -colors each individual pattern before mirroring, digitizing, and magnifying for these larger-than-life installations. In this way, MORE IS MORE combines ancient practices of art-making and handicraft with digital techniques. She insists she has remained a painter—only now her canvas is the computer.
MORE IS MORE will be experienced by thousands during its seven-month run, and visitors of the museum will get to dive deeper into Christie’s practice and Dutch design history through workshops, talks, and guided tours. You can join us in bringing Christie’s vision to life, and your contributions will directly offset the costs of production, printing, and installation.
As rewards, we have postcards, buttons, mugs, tote bags, fabric, scarves—all inspired by Christie’s designs. For you DIY designers out there, we're also offering a 1-yard piece of fabric designed by the artist (available in glorious Citrus Pink, Cobalt Blue, and Yellow Steel), and the possibilities are endless: a 30x30-inch pillow, pocket squares, smartphone/tablet sleeve, or even a framed piece of art!
Risks and challenges
While we have had multiple installations and exhibitions on our facade and in our lobby, MORE IS MORE has been a challenge from the start, given the scale and complexity of the project.
We are confident that the installation will proceed as planned and on schedule, and we have secured all needed city permits and approvals to begin the install in early November.
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