Free Art for All: ICA Miami Opens its Doors in the Design District

Miami’s newest museum opened its doors this week, and Schwartz Media Strategies got a sneak peek at the art inside (and out). The Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami – now open at 61 NE 41st Street in the Miami Design District – is coming out of the gate with an opening program that includes works by masters like Pablo Picasso and Roy Lichtenstein, as well as pieces by emerging and established artists of today.

The museum’s new 37,500 square foot building comprises three floors of gallery space alongside a 15,000 square foot sculpture garden, making it the perfect addition to the Design District and another ‘must-see’ stop on the growing list of cultural destinations in and around Downtown Miami. You can read the Miami Herald’s cover story previewing the new museum here.

Credit: Iwan Baan

With new ICA Miami, Perez Art Museum Miami, the Frost Science Museum, the National Young Arts Foundation, the Adrienne Arsht Center and countless galleries and private collections located within a cultural corridor spanning just a few miles, Miami’s urban core is fast becoming one of the country’s cultural Meccas.

The development of ICA Miami was privately funded and the museum will be privately operated without taxpayer dollars, thanks to generous lead gifts from philanthropists Norman and Irma Braman, Design District developer Craig Robins and many other individual and corporate donors who have stepped up with nearly $75 million in support.

Best of all, entrance is always free and open to the public – proving that you don’t need deep pockets to enjoy cutting-edge art. With a central location and free admission, ICA Miami is poised to become a popular spot on the Miami arts circuit. In the meantime, check out some photos below.


Tomm El-Saieh Focus Gallery, Photo Credit: Fredrik Nilsen Studio

Painting by Tomm El-Saieh, Photo Credit: Fredrik Nilsen Studio

Commissioned sculpture by Abigail Deville

Three Figures and Four Benches, sculpture by George Segal. Collection Martin Z. Margulies Collection.

Artist’s Studio with Model, painting by Roy Lichtenstein. Collection of Irma & Norman Braman.

Pittore (left) and The Door (right), paintings by Philip Guston.

Installation by Senga Nengudi, Credit: Fredrik Nilsen Studio

Commissioned works by Charles Gaines, “Tree 1,” “Tree 3,” “Tree 7”.

Installation by Anna Oppermann, “Paradoxe Intentionen.” Courtesy of the Estate Anna Oppermann, Galerie Barbara Thumm. Photo Credit: Jens Ziehe.

Sculpture by Mark Handforth, Dr. Pepper