Miami’s Bass Museum Details Relaunch

Ugo Rondinone, "Vocabulary of Solitude," 2015. Installation view. Photo: Stefan Altenburger, 2016. Courtesy of Ugo Rondinone and the Bass, Miami Beach.

Ugo Rondinone, “Vocabulary of Solitude,” 2015. Installation view. Photo: Stefan Altenburger, 2016. Courtesy of Ugo Rondinone and the Bass, Miami Beach.

The Bass Museum of Art in Miami Beach has revealed plans to unveil its new, expanded building to the public this winter, as well as three high-profile exhibitions.

The museum’s historic Art Deco building has been under construction since 2013, when it first announced the $12 million expansion. The renovation is designed by architects Arata Isozaki and David Gauld, who previously collaborated on Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Concert Hall and the Brooklyn Museum’s auditorium. Without expanding the exterior of the building, Isozaki and Gauld’s redesign will increase the size of the museum’s exhibition space by 50 percent, adding four new galleries. The additions will also provide a new reception area, café, and outside courtyard for special events and public programming.

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Rendering of newly transformed exterior of the Bass in Miami Beach by Arata Isozaki and David Gauld. Rendering © David Gauld Architect (2016). Courtesy of the Bass, Miami Beach.

The project is funded in part by a hefty $7.5 million grant the museum received from the city of Miami in May of 2015. For its redesign, the Bass also received two grants from the state of Florida, together totaling over $700,000, as well as large donations from individual donors.

The new Bass is set to open December 1, 2016, with solo exhibitions by Ugo Rondinone, Mika Rottenberg, and Pascale Marthine Tayou.

Ugo Rondine’s show will be the artist’s first solo museum exhibition in the US. It will occupy the museum’s entire second floor, spread over three separate exhibition spaces. Rottenberg’s exhibition will feature US debuts of several of the artist’s best-known works, including “NoNoseKnows” (which premiered at last year’s Venice Biennale) and “Lips (Study #3),” both of which are part of Rottenberg’s current show at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris. Finally, Pascale Marthine Tayou will create a site-specific installation for the opening, titled “Welcome Wall.”

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Rendering of newly transformed exterior of the Bass in Miami Beach by Arata Isozaki and David Gauld. Rendering © David Gauld Architect (2016). Courtesy of the Bass, Miami Beach.

December will be a big month for art in Miami, as the Bass’s opening will coincide with the first day of this year’s Art Basel fair.

 — Taylor Dafoe (@tddafoe)