Iwan Baan
Two-time Grammy winner Marc Anthony doesn’t ­perform at just any museum opening. Then again, this isn’t just any museum. Set against the downtown skyline and overlooking Biscayne Bay, the new PÉREZ ART MUSEUM MIAMI is a long-awaited cultural showcase with exhibits spanning from the provocative paintings of Diego Rivera to the arresting sculptures of the Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei. Some 1,300 modern and contemporary pieces make up the permanent and traveling collection, displayed within a three-story, light-filled building that is something of a ­masterpiece in and of itself. Named for Jorge M. Pérez, the real estate magnate who gave $40 ­million in cash and art toward its ­construction, the museum cuts a striking profile, with wraparound verandas shaded by billowing tropical gardens and floor-to-ceiling windows — many of which are furnished with built-in seating to emphasize the panoramic water views. Designed by Herzog & de Meuron, the architecture firm behind such acclaimed projects as the Tate Modern in London and the de Young Museum in San Francisco, the Pérez is an instant marquee attraction in a city with no shortage of A-list draws. At its recent gala opening, headlined by Marc Anthony, hundreds of VIPs strolled the red carpet. The rest of us mortals are now welcome too.