5 Essential Artsy Spots in Miami

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5 Essential Artsy Spots in Miami

In addition to tropical weather, colorful buildings and electric nightlife, Miami has countless of artsy destinations and regular happenings. Here are some of our favorite artsy spots in Miami.

Wynwood Walls

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Just minutes from Downtown Miami, Wynwood Walls is the heart of the city’s Art District. The walls first opened in 2009 when Tony Goldman, a real estate developer, invited artists to create murals on some of the 30 buildings he purchased in the area. The main attraction spans six buildings and features work from world-renowned graffiti artists like Shepard Fairey and Ron English.

Art Basel  

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Every December Art Basel, one of the biggest art shows in the world, comes to Miami Beach. The event lasts four days, attracts up to 70,000 visitors annually and brings together an international community of artists, gallerists, curators and collectors.  Some notable creatives at past festivals have included: Vanessa Beecroft, Pierre Huyghe, William Kentridge, Mariko Mori, Ernesto Neto, João Onofre, Elisabeth Peyton, Ugo Rondinone, Hans Schabus, Gregor Schneider, Kara Walker and Gary Webb.

Miami Design District

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The Design District stands next to the Art District as one of Miami’s most creative spaces. Before the Late 1990’s the area was in urban decay. It was only when a real-estate developer Craig Robins came along that the neighborhood began to change. He bought many of the low-rise warehouses and gallery spaces and successfully convinced notable artists  and designers to set up shop in the neighborhood. Today it’s sought out for remarkably preserved art deco architecture and close proximity to South Beach.

Bass Museum of Art

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Bass Museum of Art is a must see for art lovers visiting Miami. It was founded in 1963 with an impressive collection of Renaissance and Baroque works owned by collectors John and Johanna Bass. It’s located in the original Miami Beach Library, first built in 1930 by Russell Pancoast; The size of the building has doubled since 1930. In addition to the original collection by John and Joanna Bass, the Bass museum hosts a vibrant annual calendar of contemporary exhibitions.

Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts

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Miami is the home to one of the largest performance centers in the country. Those who come to the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts can enjoy variety of forms of entertainment at any of three main venue spaces designed for theater, ballet and concerts.  Different Festivals are held at the Arsht Center throughout the year include the South Florida Theatre Festival, the International Hispanic Theater Festival of Miami, and American Short Play Festival with City Theater.

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