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“Small gem of a museum in Collins Park”
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The Bass
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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 August 8, 2013

Great avant garde exhibits. ( and old classics )Check schedule for Friday night events, some have jazz or music for the younger crowd and free drinks with entry fee of $10.00 Art classes and art movies onThurs. at 1pm, also family events on some Saturdays.

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Reviewed July 21, 2013

Great little museum to visit on a Sunday. It's family day & entrance is free. My boyfriend & I stumbled upon the museum and enjoyed it very much. It is small and you can see most things in an hour, but they have a nice Egyptian collection with a 2,500 year-old mummy and collections of European paintings spanning 500 years which is small, but very nice. Beautiful gardens in front of the museum too. They have special events the first weekend of the month. Definitely worth a visit.

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Reviewed July 5, 2013

Good choice to spend time during hot afternoon. We saw very unique jewelry exhibition from private collections made by famous artists such as Dali, Picasso, Yoko Ono and many more. They also have the original Bass family collection which includes masterpieces of Botticelli and Rubens. We saw very well done film installations.

Thank Marina T
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Reviewed June 26, 2013

Small museum with the main emphasis on jewelry. Some fabulous pieces, but little else. Few paintings with religious intonations as well as tapestry. Unusual video art in an upstairs gallery. One Egyptian room

Thank nshawk
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Reviewed June 12, 2013

We planned an entire afternoon for this small collection, and spent more time on the Jewelry as Art exhibit than the permanent pieces. The nucleus of the museum (at least what was on display) consists of a few Egyptian pieces, some very nice 17th & 18th century European pieces (though not very well displayed), and a couple of very beautiful tapestries. The collection consists of very nice pieces, but is not very cohesive, and one wonders if it wouldn't be better incorporated into a larger art museum, where themes might be developed with a feeling of continuity from one wing to another. But it was a good investment of a couple of hours.

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