With plans in place since 1995 and having been under construction since November 2010, the brand new Perez Art Museum Miami(PAMM) in Downtown Miami is scheduled to have its grand opening in December 2013, to coincide with Art Basel.
Costing $220 million in total and designed by the acclaimed architects Herzog & de Meuron, who were also behind the design of the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion and the Tate Modern Project in London, the Perez Art Museum is set to boost the already impressive art and culture scene in Miami. The museum will be an anchor of the 29-acre Museum Park overlooking Biscayne Bay and will include public gardens and sculpture installations, acting as a catalyst for the urban re-design vision for the area now known as Bicentennial Park.
The city’s thriving community of artists, designers, and collectors and its avid and growing art-engaged public have been the driving force behind Miami’s demand for a world-class museum and dynamic centre of visual arts education. The museum will serve one of the most diverse populations in one of the fastest growing regions in the country, where a unique confluence of Caribbean, North and South American cultures adds vibrancy and texture to the civic landscape.
The selection and presentation of artists, collections, and commissioned projects for PAMM is guided by the Museum’s mission to create dialogues across and through local, regional, and international contexts. Its curatorial program examines the interpretation and appropriation of cultural and political identities, economic structures, and commodities generated by Miami’s diverse population and its position as a cross-cultural hub.
Upcoming exhibitions, opening 4 December 2013:
· In the Sculpture Garden: Jedd Novatt
· Project Gallery: Bouchra Khalili
· Americana: Selections from the PAMM Collection
· Ai Weiwei: According to What?
- Amelia Peláez: The Craft of Modernity
Key facts on PAMM:
· The museum will be three times the size of the museum’s current facility
· The museum is designed to achieve silver LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification
· The construction budget was set at $220 million and it was recently announced that it has met 85% of its goal
· The museum will also incorporate a series of hanging vertical gardens made from local plants and vegetation, designed by Patrick Blanc
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