Art & Culture On Miami Beach

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Art Basel Miami Beach

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By: Jennifer Agress

Looking for a taste of arts and culture in Miami Beach? Check out these museums, art events, concerts and more.

As proven by its robust Art Deco history and brightly colored architecture, Miami Beach is a central hub of arts and culture. Home to the world-famous Art Basel Miami Beach and with a landscape guaranteed to inspire creativity, this iconic destination boasts everything from a symphony orchestra and art-inspired hotels to Art Deco haunts, historic museums, popular art events, resident artists and more. To make sure you see everything Miami Beach has to offer, we’ve rounded up some of its top arts and culture must-dos:

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Thousands of art lovers flock to Miami Beach each December for Art Basel

Art Basel Miami Beach

When December comes around, all of Miami turns its attention to Art Basel Miami Beach. Taking place in the reimagined Miami Beach Convention Center, the core exhibit brings together top galleries from every continent, spanning styles from modern and contemporary art to traditional paintings, sculptures, installations, photographs, films and more. But it doesn’t stop there. Unarguably one of Miami’s top annual events, this art-centric week has gone beyond the boundaries of Art Basel – becoming a destination-wide festival of satellite art exhibits, celebrity parties, restaurant events, art auctions and fashion shows that attract A-listers from across the globe.

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The New World Symphony offers world-class concerts and performances

New World Symphony

Established in 1987, the New World Symphony (NWS) – dubbed “America’s Orchestral Academy” – is a graduate orchestral program that prepares musicians from distinguished music programs for future leadership in professional orchestras and ensembles. Co-founded by Artistic Director Michael Tilson Thomas and Lin and Ted Arison, NWS is made up of a group of fellowship musicians. This program gives these musicians in-depth exposure to traditional and modern repertoire, and lets them work with some of the top artists and conductors from around the world. In addition to its sold-out concerts, NWS offers virtual learning experiences and community engagement projects, emphasizing the power of education for musicians of all ages.

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The Faena Hotel Miami Beach is a hot spot for art, theater and fashion

Faena Art District

Perched on Collins Avenue between 32nd and 36th streets, Faena Hotel Miami Beach is recognized for its over-the-top artistic flair. A hotel at its core, this lavish spot is also home to the non-profit institution, Faena Art, which is found in all Faena hotels and residences across the globe. This multi-building complex includes the extravagant hotel, a restaurant and a spa, as well as art installations and wall murals everywhere you turn. It’s home to Faena Forum, a 50,000-square-foot public performance space that serves as a destination of its own; a fusion of art, recreation, nature, sustainable architecture and technology.

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Miami Beach is home museums that showcase a wide range of art, like the Wolfsonian–FIU

Museums

If museums pique your interest, look no further than Miami Beach. The Wolfsonian–FIU, which is located right in the heart of South Beach’s Art Deco District, boasts a museum, library and research center that looks into the power of art and how it impacts the modern world. Home to 200,000 items on display, all of which date from 1850 to 1950, this complex has an impressive collection of American and European decorative and fine arts, as well as fascinating exhibitions filled with everything from propaganda posters to modern design elements. For a taste of culture, check out the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU and its most prominent exhibition, MOSAIC: Jewish Life in Florida, 1763-Present. This core exhibition houses a collection of photography and artifacts that tell the story of the Jewish experience in Florida and its ongoing influence on the cultural dynamics of the United States.

The Bass museum was founded in 1964 with donations from art collectors John and Johanna Bass. It houses contemporary works by mid-career and established artists, as well as the Creativity Center – a special wing that hosts The Bass IDEAS program, a schedule of art classes and workshops. Since its inception, the museum has more than doubled in size, growing from 15,000 to 35,000 square feet.

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