When Art Imitates Life: The Pérez Art Museum Miami

Why get caught up with the art fairs on Miami Beach when you can satisfy your art and food cravings at the new Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) in Museum Park at Biscayne Bay.

December 4th marked the official grand opening of the long-awaited $220 million project designed by Pritzker Prize-winning Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron. The firm is also known for planning 1111 Lincoln Road, a unique parking garage on South Beach. The Pérez building is a striking design that alludes to South Florida subtropical aesthetics–a monumental overhanging roof; 360-degree views of the bay and the city; and an offshore Stiltsville house motif.


© Herzog & de Meuron

Originally located at Philip Johnson’s Cultural Center in Downtown Miami, the Miami Art Museum was renamed the Pérez Art Museum Miami after developer Jorge Pérez donated a $40 million gift of art and cash to the institution.

In December 2010, a ceremonial groundbreaking that coincided with Art Basel Miami Beach Week launched the multimillion dollar project.

The PAMM’s new location at Museum Park, where construction is ongoing on the new Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science scheduled to open in 2015, will be the central hub for the re-emerging Miami arts scene. Just a few blocks north is the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts.

The PAMM will showcase year-round international exhibitions and pieces from its diverse permanent collection of modern and contemporary art.

For a list of top 10 features not to miss at the museum, check out this article from The Miami Herald:


-Marvin Aguilar

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