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We are officially in the midst of the Miami Art Week 2019! And the one to lead this important stage is the Swiss colossus Art Basel, which we talked about in this article. However, during an event like this one the problem is always the same: what are the unmissable events? So, in order to help you in investing in the best way every single day, here is the list of Top 7 must-see during the Miami Art Week 2019! 

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Alfredo Jaar, Gold in the Morning, 1985 2018. Courtesy Galerie Lelong & El Espacio 23


El Spacio 23 is the center of experimental arts owned by Jorge M. Pérez that will be open from Monday 2 December. The building stands on Northwest Twenty-Third Street, in the Allapattah district of Miami, inside a former warehouse of 2600 square meters. To inaugurate this important temple for contemporary language, a group show titled "Time for Change: Art and Social Unrest in the Jorge M. Pérez Collection" with names such as Michelangelo Pistoletto, Ai Weiwei, Doris Salcedo and Alfredo Jaar.

Time for Change: Art and Social Unrest in the Jorge M. Pérez Collection
2270 Northwest 23rd St,


Peréz Art Museum in Miami.


Better known as PAMM, it is a reference point for the local contemporary art scene and Latin American Contemporary Art. As we can see from the name there is a "touch" of the magnate Jorge M. Pérez, who has donated a large part of his private collection. The museum was founded in 2013 with a special design signed by Herzog & de Meuron, and from this year it can also boast the presence of the Caribbean Cultural Institute. Take your time to visit the installation of José Carlos Martinat (Lima, 1974) titled "American Echo Chamber" specially introduced for this occasion.  

José Carlos Martinat: American Echo Chamber
1103 Biscayne Blvd.


Cecilia Vicuña. Courtesy the artist & Lehmann Maupin. Photo Daniela Aravena 


MOCA was founded in 1981 in a Miami's small gallery but has opened its current headquarters in 1996. The institution's mission is to discover new artists, often with a provocative approach. It is an unmissable destination where one can get lost in a collection of over 400 works by local, national and international artists including Pablo Cano, Teresita Fernandez, Keith Haring, Alex Katz, Edward Ruscha and George Segal. In the past MOCA hosted important solo shows by Frankenthaler, Roy Lichtenstein, Louise Bourgeois, Robert Rauschenberg, David Smith, Annette Messager, Malcolm Morley and others. During the Miami Art Week 2019 MOCA will present the first personal show in the USA of Cecilia Vicuña (Santiago de Chile, 1948), titled "Cecilia Vicuña: About to Happen".

Cecilia Vicuña: About to Happen
770 NE 125th St


Lara Favaretto, Gummo VI, 2019. Courtesy The Bass.


The Bass was born in Miami Beach in 1964 thanks to the donation of John and Johanna Bass private collection. The museum is located inside an Art Deco building from the 1930s that over time has undergone numerous variations. The last one was in 2017 when the museum completed the restructuring plan with the help of architect Isozaki (already asked in 2001 for an intervention) and David Gauld. After this restructuring, space was further expanded with four new galleries, a store, a cafe and an educational structure aimed at a more dense and constant educational program during the year dedicated to mid-career and established artists. During the Miami Art Week 2019, there is a Lara Favaretto solo show titled “Blind Spot”.

Lara Favaretto: Blind Spot
2100 Collins Avenue


Yayoi Kusama, Infinity Mirrored Room – Let’s Survive Forever, 2017. Courtesy Rubell Museum. Photo credit Chi Lam 


Rubell Family Collection was founded in 1964 in New York by Mera and Don Rubell and is currently one of the world's largest private collections (during the Miami art Week the admission is free). Being in continuous expansion, the collection includes works by artists as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Jeff Koons, Cady Noland, Yayoi Kusama, Cindy Sherman and Kara Walker. On December 4 there is planned the opening of a brand new campus - with 7200 pieces taken from the Rubells Collection - located in the Allapattah a district of Miami only one kilometre from the original Rubell Museum. The opening exhibition will present art history's key movements of the last 50 years: from the East Village to Beijing, from Los Angeles to Leipzig, from San Paolo to Tokyo.

1100 NW 23rd St


Lauren Shapiro, Sacred Amazona Mural, 2019. Courtesy the artist & Bakehouse Art Complex 


The Bakehouse Art Complex is an artist centre founded in 1985 by a group of artists who, thanks to a government grant, managed to purchase a building from the 1920s - a former industrial oven - converting it to atelier spaces and making it become the headquarters of its own community. Inside there are 60 artist studios of various sizes, two galleries, a classroom, a laboratory for printing and one for photography, areas for ceramics, welding and joinery. During the Miami Art Week 2019 a special exhibition of Morel Doucet "Archeology of Memory: The site and sound of ceramics" will be open. Read more about The Revival of Ceramic in Contemporary Art 

Archeology of Memory: The site and sound of ceramics
561 Northwest 32nd St


Sterling Ruby. Installation view at ICA Miami, 2019. Photo Fredrik Nilsen Studio 


The ICA MIAMI Foundation is another great reference point for the Miami art scene. Open and free throughout the year, it offers an important permanent collection, a sculpture garden and a program of exhibitions, public programs and scholarships to enhance the work of local artists, emerging or little recognized. During the Miami Art Week 2019, the ICA will host a Sterling Ruby's installation and an off-site show by Yayoi Kusama.  

Sterling Ruby
Yayoi Kusama: All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins

Miami Design District, 3841 NE 2ND Avenue
61 NE 41st St


Cover image: Yayoi Kusama, All the eternal love I have for the pumpkins, detail, 2016. Courtesy ICA Miami

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