Dear Bass Museum Members and Friends,
2012 has been a dynamic year at the Bass Museum of Art! In January, we kicked off the year by inaugurating the Lindemann Family Creativity Center, showing our strong commitment to IDEA@thebass, our education program that uses art as a catalyst to promote creativity. 578 hours of education programs and thirteen weeks of art camp later, the Bass Museum of Art has become Miami Beach’s hub for art learning.
Thought-provoking exhibitions mounted this past spring, charles ledray: bass museum of art and this past summer, UNNATURAL, were both originated by our museum and accompanied by scholarly catalogues, presented important international artists, most for the first time in Miami. We hope you had a chance to view the exhibitions, if not, the beautiful catalogues are available in our shop, elemental@thebass.
This fall, the Bass Museum of Art officially launched tc: temporary contemporary, the museum’s public art program in partnership with the City of Miami Beach. Thanks to generous grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Knight Foundation, ArtPlace, and Funding Arts Network, this program will featuring local and international artists like Susan Philipsz, Christina Lei Rodriguez, Stefan Bruggemann, Michael Linares, Ugo Rondinone, Rob Pruitt, George Sánchez-Calderón, Marco Brambilla and Agustina Woodgate, among others, throughout the City of Miami Beach—on walls, in trees, in storefronts and more. The program’s tagline says it best: “art in unexpected places.”
Our current exhibition breaks with both the thematic group show and solo exhibition formats: The Endless Renaissance: Six Solo Artist Projects | Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Barry X Ball, Walead Beshty, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Ged Quinn and Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook presents solo projects by international contemporary artists, whose works address the museum’s mission statement: we inspire and educate by exploring the connections between our historical collections and contemporary art. In an array of media from bronze, marble and oil paint to photographyand video, these artist’s projects will address concerns such as provenance, spirituality and art history in a unique and inspiring way.
Additionally, for the second year running and concurrent with Art Basel Miami Beach, Art Public in collaboration with the Bass Museum of Art will turn Collins Park into an outdoor exhibition space with large scale sculptures, videos, installations and live performances. Produced in collaboration with the Bass Museum of Art, the Art Basel Miami Beach sector includes works from the show’s galleries, by leading and emerging international artists, installed from ground level within the park to flying along the Miami Beach skyline above.
George Lindemann, President
Board of Directors of the Bass Museum of Art