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Earlier this year, Miami’s landmark Bacardi buildings — the ones that formerly housed Bacardi headquarters but had stood mostly empty for years after the company moved to Coral Gables — were sold to YoungArts. It’s an exciting new start for kids interested in culture in Miami, but it also marks the end of Bacardi’s historic presence in the picturesque space. Don’t feel too bad about it, though — Bacardi has made its mark in plenty of places across the globe, a fact evidenced by the Coral Gables Museum (285 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables) in its one-year anniversary exhibit, “Building Bacardi: Architecture, Art & Identity.” The show assesses Bacardi’s artistic and architectural contributions to the cities in which it has a presence. In addition to producing millions of gallons of booze each year, Bacardi also owns a massive collection of art and has commissioned buildings — yes, like its former properties downtown — with forward-thinking design sensibilities.
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: Nov. 27. Continues through Feb. 17, 2012


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