With Art Basel Miami Beach all over and done with, one might forget there are more reasons to visit the most popular city in The Sunshine State, Florida. Art-related reasons that is, not just beach-related.
For contemporary art all year round, the Bass Museum of Art is the destination you’re looking for around those parts. It was founded in 1963, when the art collectors John and Johanna Bass gifted a collection of Renaissance and Baroque works to the City of Miami Beach. These pieces were then added to a renamed collection already housed in the Miami Beach Library.
In 1998, this library was extended with a wing designed by architect Arata Isozaki – effectively doubling the size of the original building, which Russell Pancoast designed in 1930.
Today, the Bass Museum is working on an internal expansion, which will commence in June. In the meantime, it offers contemporary exhibitions, artists’ projects, educational programs, lectures concerts and free family days.
Of the currently running program, we recommend an exhibition that kicked off during Art Basel Miami, about the Italian-American architect Peter Marino. On until 3 May 2015, ‘Peter Marino: One Way’, will give visitors a glimpse inside the mind of this New York-based multi-disciplinarian. For four decades he has cultivated his architectural practice, but he is also an enthusiastic art collector. With a special fondness for all things bronze (and boxes), the exhibition explores the relationship between Marino’s sophisticated and well-known architectural designs, his personal collection of contemporary art – including work by Keith Haring, Richard Serra, and Andy Warhol – and a series of cast-bronze boxes of his own design. These boxes, which feature oak tree bark prints, are produced in the French Saint Jacques atelier’s foundry of Coubertin, where the famous sculptor Rodin also had his work crafted.
Read more about this unique experience to immerse yourself in Marino’s work on the Bass Museum website: