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Photo from thegrio.com

Photo from thegrio.com

The 2014 Miami Art Week, which includes Art Basel Miami Beach and over 20 satellite fairs, is, as usual, taking place during the first week of December. It attracted approximately 75,000 visitors from around the world in December 2013. A combination of art fairs, museum, gallery exhibits, events, cultural programs and parties will make this week frenetic and somehow overwhelming considering that there is no possible way one can view or experience most of what Miami has to offer in a 7 day time period. For those wondering which art fair takes place where and when, click here. Some of this year’s highlights or changes are :

1 ) MOCA North Miami has a new director since last summer. Following a months-long litigation between the City of North Miami and the former MOCA board, the board has left the museum to open ICA, the Institute of Contemporary Art, which unveils its temporary space this week in The Moore Building in the Design District.

2 ) Chinese painter and choreographer Shen Wei, who choreographed the opening ceremony at the 2008 Beijing olympic games, is having his first US museum solo exhibition and performance; “In black, white and grey “ at the Freedom Tower in Downtown Miami. His show will offer a combination of dance performance and an exhibition of the artist’s paintings.

3 ) After years of showcasing at the Ice Palace, Pulse art fair will be held this year under a tent in Indian Beach Park in Miami Beach ( 4601 Collins Avenue ).

4 ) Art Basel has partnered with Kickstarter in crowdfunding programs to help fund outstanding non-commercial arts projects from around the world.

5 ) As the gentrification of Wynwood is moving forward, rents have much increased. As a result, a few galleries and artist studios are leaving the area and moving further North to the Little River or Little Haiti neighborhoods or further South, near Downtown Miami.

6 ) The fairs are spreading out to various areas such as Miami Beach, Midtown and more recently to Downtown Miami ( Miami River Art Fair, Miami Street Photography Fair etc… ).

7 ) The traditional Art Basel Miami Beach MAM Ball has been replaced by a very sophisticated dinner and art experience that will take place at PAMM ( Perez Art Museum ), later in January 2015.

The future Faena Forum  ( Photo from Faena and OMA )

The future Faena Forum
( Photo from Faena and OMA )

Of course, many parties are taking place…after all, this is Miami ! Parties are organized by local museums, art collectors, gallery owners or by developers such the one that will be coordinated by Argentinian developer Alan Faena. Faena seeks to promote the Faena House and Residences, a six-block development in Miami Beach designed by Foster + Partners, which will include the former Saxony Hotel, the Versailles, the Claridge hotels, luxury residences, retail and garage spaces. It was also recently announced that the Faena Forum ( whis is apparently a temporary name ), an event and cultural program venue designed by architect Rem Koolhaas, will also be added to the mixed-used development. It will be the equivalent of the Faena Art Center located in Buenos Aires. Happy Art Basel Miami Beach week !

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PAMM ( photo from Herzog & de Meuron Architects )

PAMM ( photo from Herzog & de Meuron Architects )

Miami is changing every day and Downtown Miami is the perfect example of the multitude of urban projects and accomplishments that are currently taking shape, changing the urban and cultural landscapes of the cosmopolitan Sunshine State city. Miami-Dade commissioners approved David Beckham’s request for the creation of a privately funded Major League Soccer franchise in Miami, allowing for the future construction of a stadium. This stadium will most probably be located close to Downtown Miami, on the South West corner of the Port of Miami. If the location is confirmed, the stadium would be delivered with public space.

Of course, all these projects will increase traffic in the area and city officials as well as local entrepreneurs are considering alternative transportation solutions such as implementing DecoBike stations, just like the ones located in Miami Beach, will open in Downtown Miami this year, allowing people to ride bikes for free.

Perez Art Museum, or PAMM, opened its doors at the beginning of December, changing the way we look at Downtown Miami and Biscayne Bay. The 200,000 sf building’s architecture style is airy and light. It combines art and nature and offers breathtaking views on Biscayne Bay, the MacArthur Causeway and the Port of Miami. The permanent art collection of the museum is still fairly small but PAMM aims at developing it and attracting museum lovers from South Florida and elsewhere. Once the Frost Science Museum is built next year, the adjacent park will be completed, giving birth to Museum Park.

Loft at Ten Museum Park

Loft at Ten Museum Park

When it comes to real estate, 1000 Museum, the ultra luxury residential tower designed by award-winning Zaha Hadid Architects, will showcase an aquatic center, a private helicopter landing area, as well as top-level residences and will be standing across the street from Museum Park. The project is approximately 35% sold and groundbreaking is planned for this summer.

Also, there is a building I really like, which is also located across the street from the Perez Art Museum; which is Ten Museum Park. It was built in 2007, has a Clinique La Prairie spa and provides with gorgeous views on Downtown Miami and Biscayne Bay. There are very few units for sale in this building and this could be due to the growing interest of residents and investors for Downtown Miami. There are currently only four condos for sale at Ten Museum Park ranging from a one bedroom apartment on the 8th floor ( $450,000 ) to a three-story 35th floor loft offering two bedrooms and two baths ( $ 1,900,000 ). 

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Perez Art Museum Miami ( under construction )

Perez Art Museum Miami
( under construction )

There is so much happening in a few areas of Miami that it is sometimes challenging to keep track of those changes. What is currently happening in the Brickell-Downtown area of Miami is the perfect example of how a city as diversified and innovative as Miami is able to reinvent itself. Within a few weeks, the Whitman family, owner of the famous Bal Harbour Shops has announced its financial and marketing involvement in the future mixed-used development Brickell CityCenter, to open in 2015,  and the new Perez Art Museum Miami, set to open at the end of 2013,  has already published its calendar of exhibitions for 2014. After seeing some of their major tenants leaving their Bal Harbour location, such as Louis Vuitton, Cartier, Hermes etc… for the Miami Design District, the owners of Bal Harbour Shops decided to help luxury retail expand in Miami instead of fighting against it. They have decided to help Swire Properties, the owner of Brickell CityCenter to build and manage the future sf 520,000 combination of offices, condos, hotel and retail. On the other hand, the Miami Art Museum, which is relocating at Museum Park ( left of the American Airlines Arena )  and being renamed after real estate mogul Jorge Perez donated $35 million in funding and artwork, will showcase an exquisitely designed museum, built by famous Swiss architect firm Herzog and De Meuron . The museum will seat on a 29-acre piece of land and will offer public parks and museum exhibits of  locally and internationally established local and international artists.  

The multitude of condominiums located in the area; Vizcayne, Marquis, Ten Museum Park, Marina Blue, Wind, Mint, Plaza on Brickell, Brickell on The River,  just to name a few, have seen their value increase over the past three years…As  Downtown Miami is going through dramatic redesign changes and is soon to become a hot cultural and entertainment spot, the value of local real estate is not ready to go down any time soon.

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