Opening Day: Pérez Art Museum Miami

The anticipation has been building and finally opening day is here. The city has a new crown jewel for the visual arts. It's a masterpiece of design and it's so Miami.

Photo by: Kara Franker The museum opened to the public on Dec. 4, 2013 during Miami's Art Week. It's located at 1103 Biscayne Blvd in downtown Miami. 

Miami's art and culture scene just stepped it up another notch with the opening of the brand new Pérez Art Museum Miami during Art Week. Leading up to Art Basel Miami Beach, opening day is expected to draw thousands of art enthusiasts. Last night museum members experienced VIP early access to the new building.

Located on almost 30 waterfront acres in downtown, the structure is a masterpiece of design. And that is exactly what we've come to expect from architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron. 

Despite having to trudge through an active construction site to get to the museum – crews are working on the neighboring Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science slated to open in 2015 – you'll discover that the exterior is spectacular. 

It's a three-story building that sits upon an elevated platform and below a canopy, draped with incredible hanging gardens. There's a shaded veranda and an open-air plaza where you can drink in the sea air and admire the gorgeous water views. 

Unlike any museum I've been to, the space is drenched in natural light with massive windows that showcase breathtaking views of the surrounding park and bay. The interior feels open and features an innovative system of flexible galleries where you can wander in and out from multiple entry points. 

Photo by: Daniel Azoulay Photography A gift from George M. Safirstein M. D. and Pola Reydburd, Cortinas de baño (Shower Curtains) is a 1994 work by Oscar Muñoz from Colombia. This installation is part of a series of works in which the artist used water and paint on plastic shower curtains to depict ghostly figures that hover between presence and absence.

The museum's collection now numbers over 1,800 works, with a focus on art from the 20th and 21st centuries and the cultures of the Atlantic Rim. You'll find art that reflects the dynamic energy of Miami. Like the work of Cuban painter Amelia Peláez and Haitian-born, Miami-based artist Edouard Duval-Carrié. 

The Pérez Art Museum Miami is located at 1103 Biscayne Blvd. Miami, FL 33132. For more information call (305) 375-3000 or visit This week the museum is open free of charge to Miami-Dade residents. 

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