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“A fine small collection”
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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,
Reviewed November 30, 2012

This small museum, centrally located in Miami Beach is a local gem. The exhibitions are inventive, well curated and I like how they represent a mix of art styles and emphasize artistic contributions from the Hispanic community. They also host a variety of musical performances which I believe are free with museum admission. A worthwhile cultural experience and an excellent break from the beach.

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Reviewed October 12, 2012

I had the pleasure of visiting the Bass Museum exhibition 2 weeks ago for the Unnatural exhibition and was quite impressed with the curator's choices. Do not miss the watermelons in the Dead Sea and the Wall of flowers - two among many unique offerings. I am excited to see what is next.

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Reviewed August 20, 2012

Not my favorite Art Museum in the area. I've been to several especially during Art Basel for the past couple of years. They do have great guest exhibitions, but I have not been impressed by their ongoing works. It is a rather small art museum so I would hope that the exhibitions would be more astounding, but I found myself wandering through each room rather quickly. Plus the layout of the building is rather confusing. I often found myself wandering back into the same room or realizing I missed another corner of the exhibit. It is an average art museum, but when there are so many other locations in Miami, this is not the one I would recommend.

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Reviewed July 25, 2012

If you're interested in Renaissance wooden statuary, this is the place for you, since these and a small Egyptian exhibit comprise most of the permanent collection at The Bass. That being said, the exterior of this building, with its approach across a palm-lined lawn, is beautiful, and they do have a giant tapestry that's purported to have originally belonged to Henry VIII. Kind of cool to look at a wall-hanging and consider that the dashing English Tudor king whi went through six wives used to gaze upon it at one of his castles.

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Reviewed July 9, 2012

Went on a half price day. Good thing because not worth full admission price. Other than the Egyptian section and the room with the giant tapestry there was not much there. An entire room on Madonna and child was a bit much. You will need only an hour or so to see everything.Apparently on certain Fridays they have live music, wine and beer. Might be worth checking out

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