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The Bass

2100 Collins Ave, Between 21st and 22nd Streets, within Collins Park, Miami Beach, FL 33139-1919
+1 305-673-7530
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Currently closed for major renovations and re-opens October 2017. The Bass is Miami Beach’s contemporary art museum. Recognized for organizing the first solo museum exhibitions in the United States of international artists such as Erwin Wurm, The Bass also presents major exhibitions by influential artists, such as El Anatsui, Isaac Julien, Eve Sussman and Piotr Uklański. The exhibition program encompasses a wide range of media and artistic points of view that bring new thought to the diverse cultural context of Miami Beach. The Bass Museum of Art was founded in 1964 by the City of Miami Beach after the donation of the private collection by John and Johanna Bass. The museum opened in what was formerly the Miami Beach Public Library and Art Center, a 1930s Art Deco building designed by Russell Pancoast, which already had a rich history on Miami Beach as the first public exhibition space for art in South Florida. In 2001, the museum conducted its first major renovation designed by Tokyo-based architect Arata Isozaki, adding a new wing and second level to house a total of 16,000 square feet of exhibition space. In 2015,
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2100 Collins Ave, Between 21st and 22nd Streets, within Collins Park, Miami Beach, FL 33139-1919
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+1 305-673-7530
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Reviewed 21 June 2015

My husband and I visited this museum before it closed .It really was a great experience to see this small special place.The show we saw was Peter Marino called One Way.The show explored the renowned American architects multifaceted relationship with art.Very created show.The rooms filled...More

Thank Paula R
Reviewed 18 June 2015 via mobile

Small museum with interesting exhibitions. Currently closed to get revamped until fall. Mummy. In South Beach across the W.

Thank Sven P
Reviewed 15 June 2015

The grounds are amazing, the building a treat and the art simply fantastic. Great job to the staff and to the city

Thank Charles V
Reviewed 12 June 2015

walked to this museum only to find that it is closed for renovation, the small park in front of it seems to be a new home for quite a few home less people sleeping under the trees...but there are a couple of sculptures in front...More

1  Thank Bornabrit
Reviewed 29 April 2015

This "museum" once again proves that Miami is a long way from being a cultural capital. The infrastructure is great, but the content is laughable. So small you can see everything in less than 15 min.More

2  Thank Knownews
BassMuseumofArt, Public Relations Manager at The Bass, responded to this reviewResponded 8 September 2015

Thank you so much for stopping by the Bass Museum. As you found out, the galleries are closed for renovation and will reopen late 2016. We are so sorry you were disappointed. Starting in October we will have a series of artist projects in the...More

Reviewed 22 April 2015

The traveling collection was OK, but I had hoped to see more of the permanent collection, which turned out is typically out on loan. Oh well...

1  Thank MongozDad
Reviewed 8 April 2015

Do not miss the Beats after sunset programme, for only 10$ you can enjoy the exhibitions at the museum, complimentary drinks at the terrace and live dj music

1  Thank Oiane S
Reviewed 2 April 2015

My visit to the Bass Art Museum was truly exhilarating. The permanent collection contains an amazing collection of art work spanning centuries of art. The special exhibit (Peter Marino) was provocative and enjoyable. To make it even better, the Museum wasn't crowded, and the staff...More

2  Thank Donnamcdofmd
Reviewed 2 April 2015 via mobile

My daughter is an art school grad and she 💜 art and wanted to go. Small but nice exhibits. This is a local Art Museum and the cost of entrance covers many things. Art is in the eye of the beholder !!

1  Thank Dawn E
Reviewed 18 March 2015

I didn't enjoy it. It actually hurt that I paid to see it. I've liked some museums and exhibits I've been to, this one wasn't worth it.

1  Thank Alex M
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