Benefits the Bass Museum of Art
About The Bass Museum of Art
Located in the heart of Miami Beach, the Bass Museum of Art offers a range of dynamic contemporary art exhibitions. Educational programs, artist projects, lectures, concerts and free family days complement the works on view. Now in its 51st year, the museum opened in 1964 when the City of Miami Beach accepted the donation of the private collection of John and Johanna Bass, residents of Miami Beach. Named in their honor, the museum is based in a stunning example of 1930s Art Deco architecture designed by Russell Pancoast, that had previously housed the Miami Beach Library and Art Center. In 2002, the museum more than doubled its size from 15,000 to 35,000 square feet with an addition designed by iconic architect Arata Isozaki.
Since 2008, the Bass Museum of Art has established a new Board of Directors under the leadership of George Lindemann, welcomed Executive Director and Chief Curator Silvia Karman Cubiñá and refined its mission statement: “we present contemporary art to excite, challenge and education.” Propelled by reinvigorated leadership and vision, museum attendance, membership, programming and institutional and corporate partnerships have increased significantly. In 2013, the museum received a $7.5 million grant from the City of Miami Beach, and reengaged Arata Isozaki as Design Consultant and David Gauld, Architect, to create a more functional and efficient facility. As a result, the Bass Museum of Art is currently undergoing an interior renovation that will increase programmable space by almost 50% without altering the footprint of the building. The museum will reopen in late 2016.