Beyond Art Basel: 5 Must-See Museums In Miami


December 6, 2017 | BY Oliver Giles

It’s that time of year again. Gallerists, art collectors and curators have all packed their bags and jetted to Miami for the city’s annual art week. At the heart of this extravaganza is Art Basel Miami Beach, arguably the most important art fair in the United States, but there are plenty of other satellite fairs, exhibitions and parties happening around town. Below, we've rounded up five institutions worth skipping the parties for:

Installation view of Ugo Rondinone's exhibition good evening beautiful blue at The Bass. Photography by Zachary Balber. (Photo: Courtesy of the artist and The Bass, Miami Beach)

The Bass

After a two-year-long, US$12 million renovation, The Bass museum reopened in late October. During art week, The Bass will host three solo exhibitions alongside several permanent installations. Spanning the whole of the second floor, Ugo Rondinone’s exhibition good evening beautiful blue is a particular highlight. Featuring installations, sculptures and video works, the show gives an insight into Rondinone’s work from the late 1990s to the present.

good evening beautiful blue is on at The Bass until February 19, 2018. 

Beyond Art Basel: 5 Must-See Museums In Miami
Roy Lichtenstein, Artist’s Studio with Model (1974), oil and Magna on canvas. Collection of Irma & Norman Braman. (Image: Courtesy of The Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami)

The Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami

The Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami has just opened the doors to its new home, a 37,500-square-foot building in the heart of Miami’s Design District. Its inaugural exhibition, The Everywhere Studio, features more than 100 post-war and contemporary works, including pieces by Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Bruce Nauman, Dieter Roth and more.

The Everywhere Studio is on at The Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami until February 26, 2018. 

Allison Zuckerman, Woman at her Toilette (2017), CMYK Ink and acrylic on canvas. (Image: Courtesy of Rubell Family Collection, Miami)

Rubell Family Collection Contemporary Arts Foundation

To coincide with Art Basel in Miami Beach, the Rubell Family Collection is opening two new exhibitions. The first of these, Still Human, features the work of twenty-five artists who are exploring the impact of the digital revolution. The second, Allison Zuckerman: Stranger in Paradise, is a series of large-scale paintings and sculptures by the American artist Zuckerman, who has been the Rubell Family Collection’s artist-in-residence for 2017.

Still Human and Allison Zuckerman: Stranger in Paradise are both on at the Rubell Family Collection until August 25, 2018.

Beyond Art Basel: 5 Must-See Museums In Miami
Works by Albert Oehlen and Martin Kippenberger on show in the exhibition Force and Form at the De La Cruz Collection. (Photo: Courtesy of the De La Cruz Collection)

De La Cruz Collection

This 30,000-square-foot museum funded by Rosa and Carlos de la Cruz is currently hosting Force and Form, a showcase of more than 100 works by 48 different artists, including Salvador Dalí, Peter Doig, Dan Colen, Glenn Ligon, Wifredo Lam and more.

Force and Form is on at the De La Cruz Collection until November 2018.

Dara Friedman, Dichter (2017), four-channel colour video transferred from 16 mm film, with sound. (Image: Courtesy the artist and Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, New York)

Pérez Art Museum Miami

Pérez Art Museum Miami is hosting an incredible eight different exhibitions during Miami art week. One highlight is Dara Friedman: Perfect Stranger, the largest exhibition of the German-born artist’s experimental video works to date. Film fans should also make a beeline for Steve McQueen: End Credits, a homage to the African American singer, actor, and Civil Rights activist Paul Robeson (1898–1976) by the Oscar-winning director.

Dara Friedman: Perfect Stranger is on until March 4, 2018 and Steve McQueen: End Credits is on until March 11, 2018, both at Pérez Art Museum Miami.

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