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Monday marked the opening of the second annual Faena Festival, which will run through December 8. Entitled “The Last Supper,” this year’s iteration was curated by Zoe Lukov and launched with events and installations like Camille Henrot’s new film Saturday, an unmasking of Zhang Huan’s 17-foot Miami Buddha, a Supper series (which will include shared meals created in collaboration with chefs and artists), and other happenings at Faena Beach, Faena Hotel, and in the surrounding areas. “The Last Supper” was conceived around the exploration of spirituality and food, abundance and sacrifice, indulgence and abstinence, and contemporary aesthetics and archetypal symbolism.
Later that evening, Vanity Fair and Genesis hosted a private cocktail in celebration of the Rubell Museum. Guests like Luka Sabbat, Marie Humbert, Nina Chanel Abney, Mickalene Thomas, Mia Moretti, Kennedy Yanko, Amoako Boafo, Karolina Kurková, Chloe Wise, and Hans Ulrich Obrist gathered at the newly opened space, enjoying drinks by Kettle One and Casa Dragones as they previewed the collection.
And on Tuesday at The Bass Museum of Art, French fashion brand Chloé hosted a dinner celebrating the opening of Lara Favaretto’s “Blind Spot.” During the event, guests like Silvia Karman Cubiña, Larsen Thompson, Carol Jannini, Leigh Lezark, Soledad Lowe, and Arnaud Cauchois were given the chance to preview Favaretto’s exhibition, which features new and recent paintings, sculptures, and interactive installations, including a site-specific piece commissioned for the museum’s permanent collection. Guests at The Bass enjoyed an elegant evening meal, followed by a specially choreographed performance of Degunino by ballerina Maria Kotchekova.
Also Tuesday night, Soho House and White Cube kicked off Art Basel Miami Beach 2019 by hosting guests like Ricky Martin, Stacy Engman, Pari Ehsan, Derek Blasberg, Sienna Miller, David Beckham, and Jwan Ypsef at their annual beachside celebration. Partygoers were greeted with music by Layla Benitez, Bombay Sapphire cocktails, and snacks like house-made paella and a raw bar, while inaugurating the ninth annual Beach House Tent—a VIP spot that will act as a late night lounge throughout the week, featuring sets by Swizz Beatz, A-Trak and Benji B, and others. Attendees were also treated to a performance by Grammy-nominated ensemble Tank and the Bangas, closing the night with dancing to a lively set by Jellybean Benitez.