Arts and Culture

Miami is quickly evolving into a city known for its variety of cultural offerings with some first class resident companies. The Florida Grand Opera and Miami City Ballet, known for its Balanchine Repertoire, are both residents of the Adrienne Arsht Center which opened its doors in 2006. The center is designed by architect César Pelli and is also home to visiting Broadway shows. The New World Symphony of Miami, our third resident company, moved into a concert hall and campus designed by famed architect Frank Gehry in 2011.

New World Center

Frank Gehry's New World Center, Photo by Andrew Kaufman

And of course, since the first Art Basel in 2002, contemporary art is the newest addition to Miami. In less than a decade the Design District, Midtown, and Wynwood Arts District have transformed themselves from a factory and warehouse district to Miami’s epicenter of the arts with avant-guarde art galleries, world class private collections and ever changing street art and graffiti walls. This area comes to life each second saturday night of the month during the Art and Gallery Walk and each December it hosts the satellite Art Basel fairs.

Art Basel VIP Lounge

Art Basel VIP Lounge, Photo by Andrew Kaufman

Miami’s modern architecture, from Art Deco, Miami Modern, the Bacardi Building on Biscayne Boulevard, to Frank Gehry’s New World Symphony, the Herzog & de Meuron Pérez Art Museum and their parking garage on Lincoln Road, makes the city a word class destination with its own signature look. It was Miami’s Art Deco architecture that was responsible for South Beach’s revival in the 80s and that put Miami on the world map. South Beach was featured in fashion shoots (like those by Bruce Weber, a Miami local) and TV shows (like Miami Vice). This would not have been possible without the Miami Design Preservation League. Its members can be credited for saving the Art Deco buildings and establishing the world’s largest Art Deco District.

Swarovski Crystal Loung

The Swarovski Crystal Lounge during Art Basel, Photo by Andrew Kaufman

Being a literal melting pot of Europeans, Latins and Haitians, Miami has some great live music too. Local Cuban musician Gloria Estefan and her Miami Sound Machine made it to world fame and then there are our local lounges and bars that offer small intimate performances.

So come and enjoy our arts and culture, on the big or small stage, during Art Basel or the monthly Art and Gallery Walk, you will be surprised, there is more to be found under our tropical sun.

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