Art Basel has officially begun. Last night, The Setai Miami Beach kicked off Art Basel Miami Beach with a celebration of iconic Italian artist Gaetano Pesce.


Pesce, renowned for his multidisciplinary practice and iconic furniture designs currently has solo exhibitions at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and at Museo del Novecento and Piazza Santa Maria Novella in Florence, Italy. The complete Tree Vase series, along with a selection of cabinets, will be presented by Salon 94 Design – a collaboration between Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn and Paul Johnson – during Design Miami/.


Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn, Gaetano Pesce, Rodman Primack

“The Tree Vase Series is a novelty to me. The tree is alive, it moves under the force of the breeze, it is always different and it is a miracle of nature. All this has inspired me to turn it into a type of work that is very dear to me, the ‘maternal womb vase’. I love to create vases shaped as trees with elastic materials resembling the movement of the trees when touched by the wind”, says Gaetano Pesce.


“We are thrilled to welcome the legendary Gaetano Pesce to The Setai and are honored to feature his site-specific installation in our newly renovated courtyard. Tree Vase XXL is the perfect complement to the lush Zen-like space, an ultimate refuge away from the tents and a discreet oasis for our guests and residents during this exciting week.” says Alex Furrer, the General Manager of the property.

Chuck Close, Anna Boschiero, Gaetano Pesce, Ruth Lande Shuman

Guests includes hosts Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn and Paul Johnson, Jean Nouvel, Chuck Close, Nikolai Haas, Dominique Levy, Sir Norman Rosenthal, Ruth Shuman, Sarah Harrelson, George Lindemann, Outsider Art Fair founder Andrew Edlin, Ben Brown, Fabian Basabe, and Javier Peres.


Photos // MANNY HERNANDEZ / MannyofMiami