We present contemporary art to excite, challenge, and educate.
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.
The museum was founded in 1963, when the City of Miami Beach accepted the donation of the private collection of John and Johanna Bass, residents of Miami Beach, originally from Vienna, Austria. Named in their honor, the museum opened one year later 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 museum has established a new Board of Director, welcomed Executive Director and Chief Curator Silvia Karman Cubiñá and refined its mission statement: “we present contemporary art to excite, challenge and educate.” Propelled by reinvigorated leadership and vision, there have been significant increases in attendance, membership, institutional and corporate partnerships and programming.
Museum leaders reengaged Arata Isozaki as Design Consultant to address the institution’s need for more programmable space. Working with his New York partner David Gauld Architect, Isozaki has reconfigured the existing footprint of the Bass so that the museum will be able to offer more exhibition and education programs with greater efficiency, improve visitor experience and engage a new generation of visitors. The internal expansion will begin in Summer, 2015.
Despite the temporary closure of the galleries from mid-May, 2015 until Fall, 2016, the museum will continue to present world-class contemporary art and art education throughout the community it calls home. In September, 2015, the museum will launch bassX, a series of artist projects, programs and events that will be held in a pop-up gallery space across the street at the Miami Beach Regional Library (227 22nd Street between Collins and Liberty). The museum’s education programs will also continue in full for children and families at the library, including the popular weekly classes Bass Babies and Portfolio Class. Through bassX, the Bass Museum of Art will continue to excite, challenge and educate its community during the year-long renovation.