Hidden amidst a retail strip of shops on Washington Avenue in fashionable South Beach, one will discover The World Erotic Art Museum (WEAM) home to an impressive collection of priceless Erotic Art said to be the largest in the country. With limited storefront signage, this iconic repository of sensuality can be easily missed. So plan ahead.WEAM is the perfect diversion for your next visit to Miami.
Naomi Wilzig, a renowned art and antiques collector opened the museum in 2005 to share her treasures with the world. Her passion grew out of a simple request from her son to find a painting to liven up his apartment walls and entice and excite a few of his closest female friends. The rest is history. Today, over 4000 unique works, from Picasso to PinUp, are showcased in 12,000 square feet of museum space.
It is easy to get lost in the mesmerizing imagery and deviant collectibles celebrating a subject matter as old as Adam & Eve. There is no doubt that this is one museum where visitors need to keep an open mind. I will honestly say… after my visit I am still not 100% clear on the uses of many of the artful devices displayed;the Fetish & Masturbation exhibit room will definitely require a second look and is guaranteed to make for stimulating cocktail party conversation!
The mysterious and magical power of sex continues to captivate and confuse. Sadly, the representation of sex in art-erotic art-is often miss-categorized as pornography. But thankfully, the World Erotic Art Museum is dedicated to enlightening us on the difference.
Sex-Ed was never so artistic and sublime!
Visit the WEAM website for more information and a private glimpse of the outrageous and one-of-a-kind art collection.
Not to be Missed:An exclusive show!
Rembrandt – Erotic Secrets (November 29, 2011 thru March 31, 2012)
WEAM showcases the Master’s controversial etchings created after the death of his wife in 1642. Rembrandt’s erotic work remained hidden until a formal unveiling by the British Museum in 2001. Don’t miss its exclusive unveiling in sunny South Beach, Florida.