Art museums, galleries, street art and architecture in Miami

In Time Out Miami


To find beauty in Miami, one has only to look at the sky, or, if you can be discreet, the crowds on the beach. (There’s always the Miami art deco district too.) Yet the Miami gallery scene has far more to offer the amateur aesthete, thanks to its cheery patronage of the fine arts. Every year, hordes of art amateurs, connoisseurs and collectors descend for a dose of the best Miami art they can find—crowding Miami galleries and museums to clap eyes on everything from the Old Masters to emerging artists. Some also venture to community art fairs, boutiques and art stores, or the annual Art Basel convention, to snap up some oeuvres of their own.

Bass Museum of Art

The Bass is the centerpiece of Miami Beach’s “cultural campus.” The core of the building is the old Miami Beach public library, originally built in 1930. After an $8m renovation it now boasts vastly expanded facilities. In addition to pieces from the museum’s own permanent collection (including European Old Masters, rococo court paintings.

Margulies Collection

The Margulies Collection is a giant of the scene. It showcases contemporary and vintage photography, video, sculpture and installations from prominent Miami collector Martin Z Margulies. A recent airing of his sculpture collection included pieces by Miró, Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein; photography features the likes of Cindy Sherman and Walker Evans.

Museum of Contemporary Art

Aiming to be a forward-thinking museum and to discover new artists, MOCA (or, even more cutely, MoCaNoMi) maintains an active schedule, presenting up to ten exhibitions each year in its Charles Gwathmey-designed structure. MOCA’s permanent collection now numbers more than 350 works from artists such as John Baldessari..

Vizcaya Museum & Gardens

Incongruous, unlikely and bizarre, Vizcaya is also an utter delight. An Italian Renaissance-style villa and gardens set on Biscayne Bay, it was built by F Burrall Hoffman, Diego Suarez and Paul Chalfin for Chicagoan industrialist and committed Europhile James Deering from 1914 to 1916. And a wildly extravagant spot it is too. Not only architecturally: the place is crammed with European antiques and works of decorative…

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