Bass Museum of Art Reveals Planned Expansion of Educational Facilities and Exhibition Space Celebrating 50th Anniversary
October 1, 2013 (MIAMI BEACH, FLA) – The Bass Museum of Art has announced plans for a new wing dedicated to educational facilities and exhibition space after receiving a $7.5 million grant from the City of Miami Beach, which recognizes the museum’s contributions to the City’s artistic and cultural landscape. These planned additions to the museum will coincide with the museum’s 50th anniversary in 2014.
“The City of Miami Beach Mayor and Commission voted to support the Bass Museum of Art’s $7.5 million grant for its expansion. Miami Beach is such a progressive city and its commitment to the arts continues to reinforce its position as the most important cultural destination in South Florida. As President of the Board of Directors and Miami Beach resident, I am thankful to the City of Miami Beach for its continued generosity and support for the Bass Museum of Art,” states George Lindemann.
The Bass Museum of Art’s Expansion Plan calls for two additional classrooms to be built adjacent to the existing Lindemann Family Creativity Center. Each of these three spaces can accommodate at minimum 25 students, with one larger space that can accommodate 40 art students or 75 people sitting in rows for a lecture, film screening or performance art. With its own entrance, separatefrom the rest of the museum, the space will be open and accessible after regular museum hours and in the evenings. Additionally, the museum’s expansion will make possible the simultaneous scheduling of classes and events, whichwill equip the museum to serve double the participants it currently serves.
In 2001, the Bass Museum of Art completed phase 1 of its expansion, which added a 20,000 ft. addition to the museum’s original, historic building, built in 1935 by Russell Pancoast. The addition, designed in 1993 by Arata Isozaki & Associates, included a switchback ramp leading to the second level, and provided additional galleries and a sculpture terrace for the museum.
“We are working to create an improved and functional design that will provide 47 percent more exhibition and program space within the museum’s same building footprint. This will enhance the museum’s commitment to its education and exhibition programming in a responsible and sustainable manner,” says Silvia Karman Cubiña, Executive Director and Chief Curator, Bass Museum of Art.
Twenty years after the design of the addition, the museum has a newly established Board of Directors and a new Executive Director, who in 2011 jointly developed a newmission statement: we inspire and educate by exploring the connections between our historical collections and contemporary art. The key words of this mission statement are “inspire” and “educate,” shifting the museum’s main focus to serving the community and developing educational programming goals enriched by the exhibitions and permanent collection.
About the Bass Museum of Art
Located in Miami Beach, the Bass Museum of Art offers a dynamic year-round calendar of exhibitions dedicated to our mission “we inspire and educate by exploring the connections between our historical collections and contemporary art.” This includes art from our permanent collection of Renaissance and Baroque paintings, sculpture, textiles and Egyptian Gallery. Artists’ projects, educational programs, lectures, concerts and free family days complement the works on view. Additionally, the museum opened the Lindemann Family Creativity Center in January 2012. The center is the home of the museum’s IDEA@thebass program of art classes and workshops. The museum was founded in 1963 when the City ofMiami Beach accepted a collection of Renaissance and Baroque works of art from collectors John and Johanna Bass, and renamed the collection that was housed in the Miami Beach Library designed in 1930 by Russell Pancoast to the Bass Museum of Art. Architect Arata Isozaki designed an addition to the museum between 1998 and 2002 that doubled its size from 15,000 to 35,000 square feet. For more information, please visit http://www.bassmuseum.org.