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Art Deco Museum







The Art Deco Museum is open 10am – 5pm, Tuesday – Sunday at 1001 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL.

Miami Design Preservation League (MDPL) is proud to present Miami Beach’s Art Deco Museum.  The Museum allows tourists and local to better understand the architectural heritage and community culture of Miami Beach. MDPL designed the museum to be educational and informational while reflecting the fun and glamour of Miami Beach.

A visit to the museum will teach about the three major historic design styles in Miami Beach.  These styles are Mediterranean Revival, Art Deco and Miami Modern (MiMo).  Scale models of select buildings allow you to have a closer look at the elements of these structures. You will also learn about the development of the City Miami Beach. The Miami Beach Visual Memoirs project has recorded the personal stories of people who have been a part of Miami Beach’s story. MDPL’s history is also on display so that guests can learn more about preservation. The museum includes a resource center, a children’s area, rotating exhibits and much more!


Special Exhibition: Dina Knapp: Made in Miami

Dina Knapp was an accomplished visual artist, known for her fiber work and wearable art, shown during her early career at Julie’s Artisan Gallery in New York. Celebrities, including, Cher, Elton John, Donovan, Phyllis Diller, Julie Christie and Bob Mackie, own her intricate crocheted works. The legendary Bob Marley is buried in the beloved tam Dina crocheted for him. 

The collage series in this exhibition includes works from 1993 to 2015. Iconic, frolicking bathing beauties and famous landmark buildings are enhanced by plastic souvenirs and novelty fabrics. The collages reflect the history and memories of the artist’s upbringing. A child of Holocaust survivors, Dina was born on the island of Cyprus and raised in Israel and New York City. When she arrived in Miami Beach 41 years ago, the salt air and sea and Art Deco architecture reminded her of her childhood in her beloved Haifa.

Upon relocation to Miami Beach from New York in 1977, Dina’s work evolved from wearable art and crochet using heavy wool and yarn, she then moved to more lightweight fabrics and then into mixed media collages. Dina’s work has shown in numerous galleries and exhibitions and she created continuously throughout her life. Her collages transport you to another era, lush in color, texture and imagery. Her wearable work is surreal, sublime and sexy.

Dina and her husband, poet and professor, Jeffrey Knapp, collaborated on many creative projects, including combining poetry and visuals. The Knapps were also collectors of Haitian, Outsider and Folk Art. Fixtures in the Miami Art Scene, these vivid visionaries often hosted fabulous salon gatherings that hummed­­­ with passionate dialogue and creative characters. They enjoyed cultivating community and actively served it in meaningful ways.

Dina passed peacefully after a 10 month battle with a rare form of Cancer at age 69 on October 9, 2016,  in her busting at the seams with art and collectibles Miami Beach home.  She will be remembered as a creative force and character. #keepforever

The work on display is for sale, with a percentage donated to the Miami Design Preservation League. Please inquire at the Front Desk for more information.

For more information, visit dinaknapp.com


Our Art Deco Museum is made possible by the following supporters:

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