In Miami Beach, on the famous Collins Avenue, in the midst of cool and pleasant outdoor venues we find the Bass Museum, whose artistic mission is “to promote contemporary art to excite, challenge and educate people.”
Inside the museum’s spacious and illuminated galleries and rooms guests have the opportunity to discover and enjoy its permanent collection featuring Renaissance and Asian art; overall, more than 500 works of European artists, among which Botticelli and Rubens are in the spotlight.
The Bass Museum’s gardens have served as beautiful exhibition areas where it is common for visitors to feast their eyes on large-scale sculptural ensembles.
Additionally, the museum hosts contemporary art exhibitions that have earned it the international recognition as an institution seeking to get exposure for the latest trends in the fine arts.
The Bass Museum wants to broaden its work as a cultural attraction of Miami Beach, hence why its interpretation of contemporary art is considered inclusive by integrating in its projects design, fashion and architecture.
History Bass Museum
In 1963, the renowned art collectors John and Johanna Bass decided to donate their private collection to the city of Miami Beach, which prompted the authorities to turn the former Miami Beach Public Library and Art Center into the Bass Museum. Since then, the Museum has been growing and experiment transformations to keep pace with the changes the artistic scene is constantly undergoing.
The structure housing the museum is an Art Deco building designed in 1930 by Russell Pancoast, grandson of Miami Beach pioneer John Collins. It was originally the main office of Miami Beach Public Library and Art Center, the first cultural and exhibition venue in the city.
So as to provide a better opportunity to know and appreciate the international evolution of creativity, the Bass Museum has undergone a renovation that allowed for an expansion of almost 50 percent increase in its structural spaces by adding three new galleries, a restaurant, and a museum store. The architectural project has been carried out by Arata Isozaki in consultation with architect David Gauld.
A legacy for the new generations
Bass Museum’s education initiative under the name of Bass IDEAS is also worth highlighting, since it focuses on a lifelong education using art as the perfect catalyst for the development of creativity and positive growth, especially being the basic stages of education its focal point.
Address: 2100 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Phone number: 305-673-7530