The Art of Fontainebleau Miami Beach Collection – Legendary Hotel’s Evolving Visual Art Collection with Art from James Turrell, Ai WeiWei and Tracey Emin, Among Others

A spectacular blend of Golden Era glamour and modern luxury, the Fontainebleau Miami Beach merges striking design, contemporary art, music, fashion and technology into a vibrant guest experience.  A revered landmark and symbol of style and sophistication since its opening in 1954, Fontainebleau Miami Beach boasts 1,504 guest rooms and suites appointed with lavish amenities and iMacs; 12 restaurants and lounges including three AAA Four Diamond signature restaurants 6fa6b84f08610848eb51cdcef53b7e86Gotham Steak, Scarpetta and Hakkasan; two dynamic nightlife venues including the world-famous LIV Nightclub; the 40,000-square-foot Lapis spa with mineral-rich water therapies and invigorating treatments; a dramatic oceanfront pool-scape offering lush cabanas and sun loungers; and is home to BleauLive, the innovative concert series that combines intimate performances with memorable weekend escapes.

Since opening in 1954, The Fontainebleau Miami Beach has been an icon of Miami style and design, and a revered architectural landmark in the city.  Following a $1 billion renovation and expansion in 2008, the hotel, under the direction of Jacquelyn Soffer, has since cultivated a world-class visual arts collection that will debut a commissioned piece from British artist Tracey Emin during Art Basel Miami Beach in December. In the coming month, the program will be formally unveiled as The Art of Fontainebleau Miami Beach. Designed to attract, entertain and educate its guests, Art Basel Miami Beachwill also provide global recognition of Fontainebleau’s brand as an innovative force in the visual arts.

Soffer is a natural fit to spearhead The Art of Fontainebleau. Her expertise in bringing unique installations to the public is evident through her work at the nearby Aventura Mall.  Soffer is a principal of Turnberry Associates, a company with holdings that include both Fontainebleau Miami Beach and Aventura Mall. Recognizing the positive impact that art has on the community, Aventura Mall embarked on a cultural initiative named Turnberry for the Arts, led by Soffer. Combining contemporary art and education, Turnberry for the Arts features works throughout the mall by renowned international and South Florida artists in a variety of mediums. On display are installations by Louise Bourgeois, Donald Baechler, Gary Hume, Julian Opie, Jorge Pardo, Jaume Plensa, Lawrence Weiner, Daniel Arsham, Tom Otterness and Friends With You.

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Bringing her expertise, personal relationships and a passion for contemporary art to her role at Fontainebleau, Soffer has curated the resort’s multi-million dollar collection with work that is unique, original and site-specific. With care and attention paid to the integration of each piece into the resort’s total architecture and design, The Art of Fontainebleau Collection is defined by a select number of world-class visual artists and thinkers, each with a significant impact on the look and feel of Fontainebleau.

The opportunity to build an art collection within a space that is itself a work of art is incredibly rewarding.  The resort provides such an iconic backdrop that I wanted to make sure the art didn’t upstage the environment and at the same time, that the design of the hotel didn’t take away from the impact of the art,” noted Soffer. “I also wanted to give Fontainebleau’s global guests and Miami locals the chance to see some of the foremost talents of contemporary art at every turn during their visit,” continued Soffer.

The Art of Fontainebleau Collection includes more than 20 pieces, with the next acquisition to debut in December during a special event with the artist during Art Basel Miami Beach. Fontainebleau along with The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), North Miami, commissioned British artist Tracey Emin to create new limited-edition works to commemorate her first U.S. museum exhibition Tracey Emin: Angel Without You. The items, which include a limited-edition beach towel, flip-flop sandals and T-shirt, will be available for purchase at the MOCA Shop and at Fontainebleau Miami Beach during Art Basel Miami Beach week in December.  In addition, to celebrate the collaboration, Fontainebleau Miami Beach has acquired the neon work I Followed You to The Sun, (2013) by Emin for installation at the resort.

Jacquelyn Soffer curates legendary hotel's evolving visual art collection. The latest installation Fontainebleau Miami Beach acquired includes the neon work "I Followed You to The Sun," (2013) by Tracey Emin, which will debut at the resort in December during a special event with the artist during Art Basel Miami Beach.  (PRNewsFoto/Fontainebleau Miami Beach)

Jacquelyn Soffer curates legendary hotel’s evolving visual art collection. The latest installation Fontainebleau Miami Beach acquired includes the neon work “I Followed You to The Sun,” (2013) by Tracey Emin, which will debut at the resort in December during a special event with the artist during Art Basel Miami Beach. (PRNewsFoto/Fontainebleau Miami Beach)

The resort is currently developing a booklet with a self-guided tour for The Art of Fontainebleau Collection. It will include the details of each work, their location in the resort and significance to the property to educate guests on Fontainebleau’s collection. Highlights of Fontainebleau’s permanent artists and works on display include: Continue reading