The Bass opens to the public on October 29, 2017 after a two year renovation process led by architects David Gauld and Arata Isozaki.
The former Bass Museum of Art founded in 1964 by the City of Miami Beach after a donation by residents John and Johanna Bass, now rebranded as The Bass underwent a $12 million transformation to enhance its visitors’ experience and increase its programmable space by almost 50%: the new museum includes four additional galleries, a museum shop, a café by Thierry Isambert and a dedicated education facility.
The contemporary art museum inaugurates with 2 major solo shows by artists Ugo Rondinone and Pascale Martine Tayou, and an extensive display of recent contemporary acquisitions and gifts to the already present permanent collection.
Pascale Marthine Tayou with his show “Beautiful” creates an organic and collaboratively formed presentation of work made in the last decade. “good evening beautiful blue” by Ugo Rondinone is a part of a major multi-institution retrospective comprising works that span three decades of Rondinone’s practice, from the late 1990s to the present.
The fall programme of The Bass will culminate with Mika Rottenberg’s solo show on view from December 7 through April 30 presenting a selection of work created within the past two years, occupying all galleries comprising the historic building of the museum.
The new Creativity Center curated by Prem Krishnamurthy of Project Projects in New York will host a selection of interactive artworks from both local and international artists called “Round 1: Chroma”, with works from 5 artists who were commissioned site-specific works that chart the overlap between existing functions and new opportunities for both the artists and museum visitors: Moniker, Emmett Moore, Amanda Season Keeley, Katie Stout, Rafael Domenech.
Quoting The Bass’ Executive Director and Chief Curator Silvia Karman Cubiñá, the exhibition programme reflects the museum’s commitment to presenting international contemporary art by established and mid-career artists.
- The Bass 2017
- View of the new courtyard at The Bass. Photography by Zachary Balber. Courtesy of The Bass, Miami Beach.
- Installation view of Pascale Marthine Tayou's exhibition Beautiful. Photography by Zachary Balber. Courtesy of The Bass, Miami Beach.