At Wynwood, it is all about the art. What was once a manufacturing and warehouse district has transformed itself into a prime art destination over the past decade. An eclectic collection of bars, restaurants and cafes offer a trendy backdrop to some of the most exciting art in the world. It can be found on the walls of the galleries in this district and in the streets.
Street art has become Wynwood’s signature. In the early 2000s, a visionary developer, Tony Goldman, commissioned a series of murals. They provided a stunning backdrop for Miami’s renaissance as the streets and buildings were transformed into a unique outdoor gallery. Any art lover can spend hours wandering its streets, immersing themselves in the work of Miami’s generation of emerging street artists.
The centrepiece of this is the Wynwood Walls which involves more than 25 murals by world-famous artists. Times tickets are available for the walls, which have proved a hit with tourists and locals alike.
A slightly more conventional art experience can be found in the many galleries which have grown out of the district’s past. For example, in a warehouse which was once home to the DEA’s confiscated goods facility, you will find the Rubell Family Collection, one of the world’s finest collections of contemporary art. Founded in the sixties and relocated to Miami in the nineties, the collection features renowned artists such as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons, Cindy Sherman, Kara Walker and Andy Warhol.
Meanwhile, the Pan American project features artwork spanning North and South America. From its corner building in the heart of Wynwood, it has the lofty aim of connecting cultures on both sides of the North/South divide.
On Miami Court, you will find the jet-black building, home to the Fredric Snitzer Gallery, a stalwart of the Miami art scene since the seventies. Snitzer sits on the Art Basel selection committee and has been instrumental in the rise of prominent artists such as Alice Aycock, Naomi Fisher, and Bert Rodriguez.
These offer just a glimpse of the myriad artistic experiences found in Wynwood. In a couple of decades, it has transformed itself from a relatively uninspiring part of town into one of the trendiest and most exciting centres of art and culture in the United States.
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