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The Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach

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3.4/5 based on 170+ reviews on the web
The Bass Museum of Art is a contemporary art museum located in Miami Beach, Florida in the United States. The Bass is currently closed for renovations and opens to the public on December 1, 2016. During renovations, The Bass Projects operates a temporary exhibition space at the Miami Beach Regional Library (227 22nd Street). The Bass Museum of Art was founded in 1964 through the donation of a private collection by John and Johanna Bass to the City of Miami Beach. The museum opened in what was formerly the Miami Beach Public Library and Art Center, a 1930s Art Deco building designed by Russell Pancoast, grandson of Miami Beach pioneer John Collins. The building was placed on the National Register in 1978.HistoryJohn & Johanna Bass and The Early YearsJohn Bass and Johanna Redlich were Jewish-immigrants from Vienna, Austria who resided in Miami Beach. As President of the Fajardo Sugar Company of Puerto Rico, John Bass was also an amateur journalist, artist and composer of published music. Mr. Bass collected both fine art and cultural artifacts, including a sizeable manuscript collection that now lives in the Carnegie Hall Archives. In 1963, the couple bequeathed a collection of more than 500 works, including Old Master paintings, textiles and sculptures to the City of Miami Beach, under the agreement that a Bass Museum of Art would remain open to the public in perpetuity. In 1964, the museum opened its doors in the former Miami Beach Public Library and Art Center, a 1930s Art Deco building designed by Russell Pancoast. The building itself already had a rich history on Miami Beach as the first public exhibition space for art in South Florida. John Bass directed the museum from its founding in 1964 until his death in 1978.The First Phase of TransformationIn 1980, art historian Diane Camber was hired as Executive Director of the museum. For the next thirty years, Camber worked to professionalize museum operations, obtain AAM accreditation, produce scholarly exhibitions and successfully run a capital campaign for a building expansion, developing the museum into a significant cultural institution. Under her leadership in 2001, the original museum building was renovated, and a new wing, designed by renowned architect Arata Isozaki, was added to house galleries, offices and a museum shop. The new addition more than doubled the size of the museum and added galleries gave the museum a total of 16,000 square feet of exhibition space, essential for the presentation of temporary exhibitions and continued growth. In 2002, the building expansion is inaugurated with the groundbreaking exhibition Globe Miami Island.
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  • I have seen some top notch exhibitions of important Art over the years. The last I remember was Picasso's sketches. Long before wonderful Art Basel Miami Beach was lucky to have this gem of a museum. 
  • I was so disappointed that the Bass Museum was closed it was on my list of attractions to see while i was in Miami and we were staying just 5 mins away 
  • Bass Museum of Art is located on Collins Park, an area donated to the city by John Collins the first developer of Miami Beach. The stone building in the park was originally the John Collins Memorial L...  read more »
  • Didn't get an opportunity to review as it was closed. Very disappointing. Google no point having machine learning if you can't get the basics right.
  • Google lie to me! AGAIN! The museum is under renovation right now. It won't open until Fall 2016. Fix it, Google!
  • Nice space they have various art shows
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