Museum of Graffiti Returns to Art Basel 2023 with Mear One Exhibition

Celebrating its fourth anniversary this coming Art Basel, the world-renowned Museum of Graffiti will be returning to Miami with an unprecedented schedule of new exhibitions, brand activations, and more. This year, trailblazing LA-based artist, Mear One, will open a solo exhibition entitled Metaphysical Surrealism on December 6, 2023, marking a pivotal moment in the artist’s lengthy career as a graffiti artist turned master oil painter. 

“Metaphysical Surrealism” breathes life into ancient graffiti and mythical tales, drawing parallels with current theories such as the Younger Dryas hypothesis. Mear One believes these narratives of ancient, advanced societies, cycles of cataclysmic destruction and rebirth, and red-haired giants have been concealed from us, a conspiracy he intends to expose through his newest works.

 The exhibition will showcase 8-12 oil and acrylic paintings, ranging from small to large canvases. These works offer a journey into humanity’s earliest creations, intertwined with alchemical, astrological, and magical elements. They suggest a shared creation myth far different from what we have been taught, aiming to uncover the obscured link between our hidden past and the authoritarians’ manipulation of history. The exhibition will also include a selection of recent works addressing contemporary issues.

Mear One states, “I’m really honored and excited to share my new exhibition at the Museum of Graffiti! PEACE, MEAR.”

Mear One’s exhibition will be an enlightening and thought-provoking exploration of history and myth, challenging us to question our accepted narratives and consider the potential implications of our shared, hidden past. 

Additionally, guests of the show can also expect the return of the Mi Campo Artists’ Lounge on the Museum’s patio where Mear One and the rest of the graffiti community will be sipping signature cocktails while listening to the beats of celebrity DJ sets and creating large outdoor murals. In celebration of the opening, guests will be treated to a robust schedule of unparalleled art programming, drops, art-infused giveaways, and more from December 6 – 9. Public tickets are to be released on November 1, 2023.

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