It’s amazing how sometimes when you live in a city, at times you can become so used to it, you can forget some of the hidden gems the city has to offer. Here in Miami, there are so many places to see and visit, but this weekend I had the pleasure of visiting the beautiful Perez Art Museum of Miami. The Perez Art Museum is a modern and contemporary art museum located right on the beautiful and scenic Biscayne Bay. The Museum is complete with international and local art galleries, a museum shop, sitting terrace, museum restaurant name Verde, and a beautiful sculpture garden overlooking the water. The entrance to the museum showcases pretty amazing and beautifully crafted hanging gardens surrounding the outside of the museum and on the terrace, they really are a site to behold, and pictures sometimes don’t do them justice.
The museum does free admission every second Saturday of the month and it’s really a place you can go with the whole family for a great experience. My husband and I enjoyed all the wonderful exhibitions and toured the museum along with taking in a live musical performance in the museum auditorium. I definitely recommend visiting if you aren’t from around Miami and if you live here it should be a must every few months to see new exhibitions and attend events as well.
My favorite exhibition was that of Doris Salcedo, a Colombian born artist and sculptor . I had no idea what to expect when entering this exhibition. When walking through the exhibition I began to feel a very strong emotional response and I felt a sadness, as if something very bad had happened in each scenario. I went into the exhibition not knowing anything about the artist or her works, and when I finished I felt like I needed to know more about why I had such a strong reaction to the exhibition. I decided to grab a pamphlet and read about the different art works and the meaning behind them. While I waited for the concert to start, I began to read about how Doris’ work was influenced, and the materials she uses in her works. After reading the pamphlet, everything made more sense.
“Doris Salcedo seeks to convey how trauma can make daily life strangely unfamiliar. Her artwork attempts the difficult task of recovering individual dignity for victims of torture and violence, giving presence to the absent body, the marginalized, and those who remain invisible in the eyes of society.“
Each piece has deep meaning, and I recommend, that if you go and see this exhibition, to take the pamphlet with you and read what each individual exhibition means. One quote that she used to describe her work called Plegaria Muda really stood out to me and made me really think of all the things going on in today’s world, she said: ” I hope that, in spite of everything, life might prevail, even in difficult conditions.” I have learned that no matter where you go, or who you speak with or the encounters you have, you never know what you are going to learn. Life is full of opportunities to learn and grow and that’s what my visit to the PAMM did for me. I hope you will all enjoy my photos and that you will take the time to visit and see all the museum has to offer.