In December 2013, the Miami Art Museum will reopen in downtown Miami’s Museum Park as the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM). The new Herzog & de Meuron-designed facility will strengthen the Museum’s role as a vital cultural and educational center and serve as a resource commensurate with Miami’s thriving community of artists, designers, and collectors, its art-engaged public, and the location of one of the world’s most important art fairs, Art Basel Miami Beach.
The Museum will continue to serve one of the most diverse populations in one of the fastest growing regions in the country, where a confluence of Caribbean, North American, and South American cultures adds vibrancy and variety to civic activity.
The new PAMM will promote progressive arts education, build community cohesiveness, and catalyze the continued revitalization of downtown. With its opening, and that of the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science in 2015, Museum Park—previously known as Bicentennial Park—will be transformed into a central destination on Miami’s cultural map.
Pérez Art Museum Miami’s vision is expressed in its rapidly growing collection and exhibition program. The Museum began collecting in 1996 with a focus on art from the 20th and 21st centuries and the cultures of the Atlantic Rim (the Americas, Western Europe, and Africa).
The collection is attuned to the globalization of the art world and reflects the transmission of ideas across continents, while still concentrating on those issues and themes that are most pertinent to Miami audiences. Another essential aspect of the collection is the acquisition of works by artists from South Florida. Together, these collecting goals create a dynamic interplay between local, regional, and global perspectives.
The Museum’s collection now numbers over 1,300 works. Through its capital campaign, momentum and enthusiasm for the continued expansion of the collection has steadily increased. In 2013 the Museum acquired approximately 300 works from the collection of Dennis and Debra Scholl, which range from painting and sculpture to video, photography, and installation by such artists as Vito Acconci, John Baldessari, Walead Beshty, Nathan Carter, Olafur Eliasson, Liam Gillick, Dennis Oppenheim, Pipilotti Rist, and Carolee Schneeman. As part of his gift to the Museum’s capital campaign in 2011, Jorge M. Pérez, for whom the new Museum is named, gifted a portion of his collection to its permanent collection.
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