Over the past few years, Miami has seen an explosion in new cultural institutions, especially from private collectors who have opened their doors to the public. These include the de la Cruz Collection, the Rubell Family Collection and The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse. Add to these many older institutions, plus the annual art fair, Art Basel, and Miami has suddenly become a major centre of the arts in America. The Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) is somewhere between an established museum and one of the new breed. Once the Miami Art Museum, the institution changed its name after a massive gift from real-estate billionaire Jorge M. Pérez. These days it has an exciting exhibition and public-events program with a particular focus on the art of Latin America. Sitting by the water in a beautiful new building designed by architects Herzog & de Meuron, PAMM offers thought-provoking exhibitions by artists often underrepresented by other big institutions. If you want to get a sense of why Miami is the “Capital of the Americas”, then you should probably start here.
A combination of three, mostly non-residential neighbourhoods, including the newly fashionable Design District, Downtown Miami is still a business centre at heart. There are things to see here and some great restaurants, plus it’s closer to Wynwood than South Beach, but expect to go elsewhere for an after-hours party scene.
Pérez Art Museum Miami | 1103 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami | + 1 305 375 3000
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