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José Bedia: The artist as anthropologist

Inquisitive, world-traveling José Bedia gets the retrospective treatment.

By Phillip Valys, Sun Sentinel

5:44 p.m. EDT, May 17, 2012

When painter José Bedia answers the phone on a Monday afternoon, he’s standing inside a bustling marketplace in Lima, Peru, about to buy exotic food and souvenirs for his brother and son in Miami. The Cuban-born artist considers this journey to South America one of his so-called “artistic pilgrimages,” named as such because, for the past 30 years, Bedia has been making these far-flung journeys in pursuit of spiritual and cultural objects that inspire his artworks.

Transcultural Pilgrim: Three Decades of Work by Jose Bedia

When: Wednesday through Sept. 2 (opening reception is 6-9 p.m. Wednesday)

Where: Miami Art Museum, 101 W. Flagler St.

Cost: $8

Contact: 305-375-3000 or MiamiArtMuseum.org

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Jose Bedia – Miami Art Museum

Major career retrospective of the work of Jose Bedia

Thursday, May 24 – Sunday, September 2, 2012

Miami Art Museum
101 W Flagler St.
Miami, FL 33130
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Snows of exile: Enrique Martinez Celaya’s Schneebett at the Miami Art Museum

Sunday, 10.16.11

By Anne Tschida

Special to the Miami Herald

The entry into this room at the Miami Art Museum, built specifically for this exhibit and seemingly recessed from the main gallery, is startlingly dark.

A dim light ahead suggests the way forward, but meanwhile a loud humming, or more like a chugging sound, fills the space, emanating from an almost old-fashioned looking machine. Turn the corner, and a bare light bulb hanging from the ceiling reveals a solitary chair, a somber antechamber. The view from the chair is of a bed, also lit by a single light bulb, which in turn has its own view out into a winter forest with trees covered in snow, bereft of leaves. Although the doorway to this third room is blocked by a low fence built of branches, look closely and the bed is covered, literally, in a frozen blanket with pillow.

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Enrique Martinez Celaya: SCHNEEBETT (Snow-bed) at Miami Art Museum

October 14, 2011 – January 1, 2012.

Opening Reception for Enrique Martínez Celaya: Schneebett
Featuring Miami Symphony Orchestra

Thursday, October 13, 6-8pm

Miami Art Museum

101 West Flagler Street
Miami, FL 33130

From Soul of Miami

Miami Art Museum will present the United States debut of Enrique Martínez Celaya’s Schneebett, a major installation inspired by Ludwig van Beethoven’s convalescence and death in Vienna, Austria in 1827, originally created for the Berliner Philharmonie. Enrique Martínez Celaya: Schneebett will be on view from October 14, 2011 through January 1, 2012 in the Museum’s Anchor Gallery, a space dedicated to large-scale works from the permanent collection. The exhibition opening will take place October 13, 2011 from 6 to 8pm and feature a performance by members of the Miami Symphony Orchestra.

Schneebett, which reflects on and transports the viewer into the final hours of Ludwig van Beethoven’s life, was the first work of art commissioned for and exhibited at the Berliner Philharmonie since its founding in 1882. It was presented in 2004, and was shown in juxtaposition to the music of the Berliner Philharmoniker with special programming at the American Academy in Berlin. Schneebett was presented again in 2006 at the Museum der bildenden Künste in Leipzig where it offered a counterpoint to Max Klinger’s statue of the heroic Beethoven as the creative genius. The title, Schneebett (“Snow-bed”), is from a poem by Holocaust survivor Paul Celan, a meditation on death. To re-animate the spirit of those celebrated exhibitions, Martínez Celaya created a new version of the installation for Miami Art Museum, which opens with a performance of Beethoven’s late quartets by the Miami Symphony Orchestra. A video of the performance will be on view for the duration of the exhibition.

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