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Art Basel: Mana founder mixes Philosophy and Politics

Contemporary founder Moishe Mana took a philosophical - and political - point
of view at a booth housing a numerology/virtual reality piece, "Quadrium
Arithmetic" on Tuesday night, as Mana Wynwood opened to a crowd of
thousands for the week. Wheelchair bound after recent knee surgery, Mana
assured a reporter that numerologist and psychic Martin Dafni Gal, one of
Quadrium's creators, was "the real deal." And that the mission of his
vast Miami
space, a placeholder for a still more ambitious cultural development whose
exhibits this week include the Pinta Latin American art fair, was to raise

            "We do
not know where we're going or what we're dong or what comes next," said
Mana. "Our Mana project is to elevate awareness, consciousness, morality,
or we'll end up destroying the world. Those are the words of inventor Nikola Tesla [the
subject of another exhibit at the space this week.] If you don't have the
morals, the awareness, nothing means anything."

            The subject
of morality sent Mana into politics. "My message for people who voted for
Trump is that winning isn't everything," said the Israeli cultural
entrepreneur, who this fall displayed
the famed "naked Trump" statues at his Miami and New Jersey
projects and offered to donate $1 million to charity if the president-elect
would release his tax returns. "How much are we going to compromise our
life and our principles? Many times winning is not worth it. The problem is we
don't learn."
PHOTO CAPTIONS:Moishe&Gal foto - Psychic and artist Martin Dafnis Gal (left) and Mana Contemporary founder Moishe Mana on Tuesday evening at the opening of Mana Wynwood
Quadrium foto - Guests at the Mana Wynwood opening Tuesday night experiencing the virtual reality piece "Quadrium Arithmetic"

Jordan Levin
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