Founded in 2005 by Naomi Wilzig , WEAM is the only museum in the United States devoted exclusively to fine erotic art. In a remarkably short time for a still private collection, WEAM has developed one of the world’s most renowned permanent museums for this genre.
WEAM is a proud member of the “ The WILZIG “. The international place for art in the heart of Southbeach in Miami.
Today the WEAM Collection includes over 4000 works of international art, ranging from 300 BCE to the immediate present. In terms of its quality, diversity and incomparable profile of erotic art, the WEAM stands out clearly from other museum collections.
Alongside its mission to familiarize the general public with erotic art, the WEAM’s other prime objective is the ongoing expansion of its Collection. We collect, preserve and present works of erotic art of the highest quality from diverse cultures. We embrace our responsibility to engage and educate our community, to contribute to cultural knowledge of erotic art in history.
WEAM’S vision is expressed in the breadth and depth of its exhibition program. In 2011 WEAM premiered the first US exhibition of rare erotic Rembrandt Etchings, In 2012 WEAM arranged the first Solo show of Helmut Newton in Florida in Cooperation with the MDM in Salzburg curated by the Director of WEAM Helmut Schuster. After the overwhelming success of the collaborative exhibition “Protected Beauty” in 2016, WEAM and the Kinsey Institute are working together again to present new installations from three internationally recognized institutions at WEAM, in the future Wilzig Museum building. In the year 2017 WEAM , the Kinsey Institute Bloomington and Humboldt University in Berlin have partnered for an exhibition presenting three unique and thought-provoking collections of artwork and material culture related to human sexuality.
Founded on the Collection of Naomi Wilzig and with the help and warm support of the children and Grandchildren of the founder Naomi Wilzig, WEAM is today an ever growing institution devoted to erotic art.
Helmut Schuster , Director WEAM Miami
Some years back, Naomi Wilzig thought her doctor, an Orthodox Jew, would criticize her for growing hobby of collecting erotic art. The doctor’s response to Wilzig’s unique passion?
Whatever makes you get up and go each day, and is a challenge for your life, and gives you an interest, is what keeps you healthy and young.”
Wilzig has a lot of reasons to get up each day. She is the founder and owner of the World Erotic Art Museum in Miami Beach,. She is well-known and respected in the art world as an authority on erotic art. She has a thriving family of children and grandchildren. And she’s about to add another item to the list—the Naomi Wilzig Art and Charity Foundation, which she’s launching in celebration of her 75th birthday.
Wilzig’s passion for erotic art began more than 20 years ago, when her eldest son, Sir Ivan, a recording artist, asked her to pick out a few erotic art pieces for his swanky new apartment.
“I’ve always been very busy, but I’m very organized,” says Wilzig. “I’ve always been very lucky that whatever I’ve tried to do, I’ve been fairly successful.”
With all of Wilzig’s accomplishments—raising a family, writing five books, opening a museum—she sees her latest endeavor as the next logical step. The foundation will be an umbrella organization that will give funds to local organizations in need, including hospitals, cancer research, cancer care, AIDS programs, and Holocaust foundations.
Wilzig, who always loved collecting antiques, discovered a whole new avenue of collecting, which lead her down a new life path of self-discovery.
Wilzig’s passion for erotic art began more than 20 years ago, when her eldest son, Sir Ivan, a recording artist, asked her to pick out a few erotic art pieces for his swanky new apartment. Wilzig, who always loved collecting antiques, discovered a whole new avenue of collecting, which lead her down a new life path of self-discovery.
The Jewish grandmother traveled the world collecting erotic art pieces and amassed one of the largest collections in the world. Along the way, she reinvented herself as a force in the art world, the Queen of Erotic Art, as Ivan dubbed her.
Wilzig opened up the World Erotic Art Museum in Miami Beach in October 2005 because she felt her collection should be seen and enjoyed by the public.