Art Lovers’ Guide to Museums in Miami: Summer 2019 Edition

Summer in Miami: it’s not all about the beach. After relaxing by the Atlantic Ocean, head out and explore some of the best museums in Miami. From the renowned museums to local galleries, here are the best exhibits to see this summer.

Perez Art Museum

See the first large-scale retrospective in the US of Colombian artist Beatriz González. She’s one of the few remaining artists from the “radical women” generation in Latin America — about 120 women from 15 countries who created groundbreaking art between the 1960s and 1980s. The exhibition will include the 81-year-old artist’s most iconic works, many of which have never been seen outside Colombia, including paintings, drawings, recycled furniture, and everyday objects.

While you’re at the museum, make sure to grab a bite or drink at the lovely cafe. Also, the property’s spectacular waterfront location makes it a great spot to relax and enjoy the scenery. Watch the cruise ships pass by, and if you have time, step into the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science next door — highly recommended for families.

Institute of Contemporary Art

Take in a sunny summer day in Miami from the sculpture garden of the Institute of Contemporary Art, where you can see “Three Figures and Four Benches,” an iconic 1979 sculpture by renowned Pop artist George Segal. If you do happen to visit, you’ll be close to the iconic Design District, where you can admire sleek modern architecture, browse the luxury boutiques, and savor a gourmet meal at one of the celebrity-chef-led eateries.

Bass Museum

Miami Beach’s contemporary art museum, the Instagram-worthy Bass Museum is made all the more attractive by night with “Eternity Now,” a neon installation by Sylvie Fleury on the museum’s historic Art Deco facade.

Wynwood Arts District

June is the last month to see Rubell’s exhibit of works by Purvis Young, an American artist emboldened by civil-rights activities and anti-war protesters to create large-scale murals in 1970s Miami. While in the Wynwood Arts District, don’t miss The Margulies Collection, a 45,000-square-foot warehouse featuring works by Willem de Kooning, Olafur Eliasson, Donald Judd, Sol LeWitt, Isamu Noguchi, George Segal, and many others.

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