South Beach Museum Reopens

The Bass gets a modern makeover

BY DREW LIMSKY — Fall 2017

In Miami Beach, officials at the Bass art museum aren’t given to hyperbole, so when they refer to its soon-to-be revealed enhancements as “a transformation,” it’s kind of a big deal. The building holds a special place in local history as the first public exhibition space for contemporary art in South Florida, but it was time to bring the handsome, streamlined 1930s art deco structure into the 21st century. The museum, near the Miami Beach Convention Center in South Beach, was closed in May 2015 so that construction crews could get busy. Come Oct. 8, the facility will reopen with its fresh new look.

Without changing the existing footprint, architects and designers gave the museum 50 percent more usable space, adding four new galleries (for a total of eight), the 5,200-square-foot Creativity Center for educational programming, and new public spaces.

Two fall exhibitions herald the reopening: Ugo Rondinone’s solo exhibition, “Good Evening Beautiful Blue”; and a Pascale Marthine Tayou exhibit featuring a newly commissioned work. 2100 Collins Ave.; 305-673-7530;

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