With a wealth of cultural institutions including the Bass and Wolfsonian museums, the city of Miami Beach has evolved into a cosmopolitan, international hotspot beyond its seven miles of beautiful beaches.
With impressive programs like Art in Public Spaces, museums as well as the annual Art Basel Miami Beach fair, concerts at the New World Symphony, operas at the Colony Theatre, and exhibits at the Jewish Museum-FIU, Miami Beach has become a cultural metropolitan hub with lots of options for the sophisticated traveler.
“As Miami Beach has become more of a diverse and sophisticated city, we’ve really upped our cultural game,” says Peggy Benua, Chair, the Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority (MBVCA). “It’s no coincidence that the international art fair, Art Baselhas chosen the city as its home for the past twelve years. We have a population of full and part-time residents as well as visitors who are smart, urbane and cultured and take advantage of all the city has to offer.”
The city has had a long time commitment to art. For instance, since 1984, Miami Beach has commissioned public artwork through the Art in Public Spaces Program, working with world-renowned artists to enrich public spaces and to promote understanding and awareness of visual arts. This month, residents and visitors can view public art pieces but additionally, museums around the city are offering unique exhibits and making it easy to enjoy them with “Buy One Admission and Get One Admission Free” deals at every location. Visitors will be able to see the MOSAIC: Jewish Life in Florida, 1763-Present exhibit at the Jewish Museum which includes photos and artifacts depicting the Florida Jewish experience since 1763; or check out the Bass Museum’s bassX program at the Miami Beach Regional Library. Emmett Moore’s Human Factory is on display creating a trio of sculptures that challenge and call attention to the human body’s relation to designed forms.
“Miami Beach has made a quantum leap from just a beach town to a diverse metropolis that can hold its own culturally with cities twice its size. But we may be the only city where you can go from the beach to the Bass (museum) in the same day; it’s all part of the unique Miami Beach experience,” notes Grisette Roque, Executive Director, MBVCA.
Visitors and locals can take full advantage of Museum Month. Museums are offering a “Buy One Admission and Get One Admission Free” deal. There are a wide variety to choose from:
Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU
It’s Jewish American Heritage Month! The JMOF-FIU opened in 1936 and since 2007 is comprised of two adjacent, restored former synagogues with a bistro. The core exhibit, MOSAIC: Jewish Life in Florida, 1763-Present, includes photos and artifacts depicting the Florida Jewish experience since 1763. During May, the museum hosts two temporary exhibits: Cinema Judaica: The Epic Cycle (1947-71) and Susan Miller: Testament in Stone.
Art Deco Museum
Opening in 2014, this museum is the newest addition to an illustrious art scene on the Beach. The museum allows locals and visitors to better understand and appreciate the architectural heritage, community and culture of Miami Beach. During May, the temporary exhibit, A Walk Down Memory Lane: South Beach Photos from the Late 1970s to Early 1980s shares the work done by three FIU students during this bygone era in South Beach’s history.
Holocaust Memorial Miami Beach
The thought-provoking memorial designed by Kenneth Treister F.A.I.A. is a tribute to the six million Jewish victims during WWII. The monument includes a tunnel-like passage chronicling images of the death camps and names of the victims. Guided tours including a 22-minute documentary are available upon request.
Bass Museum of Art
In 1963, the museum was founded when the City of Miami Beach accepted a collection of Renaissance and Baroque works of art from collectors John and Johanna Bass. In June 2015, the museum began an internal expansion with iconic architect Arata Isozaki and David Gauld. The museum reopening is planned for Fall 2016.
During the expansion, the museum has launched a series of exhibitions, events and programs called bassX in the Miami Beach Regional Library, which is directly across the street from the museum at 227 22nd Street, Miami Beach. In May, Emmett Moore’sHuman Factory is on display creating a trio of sculptures that challenge and call attention to the human body’s relation to designed forms.
Located in the heart of the Art Deco District, the museum showcases American and European decorative and fine arts produced between 1885 and 1945 offering a thought-provoking journey through the modern age. In May, the museum includes two temporary exhibits, An Artist on the Eastern Front: Feliks Topolski and Promising Paradise: Cuban Allure, American Seduction.