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Reopening of Bass Museum of Art postponed

Remodeling delays mean the museum will reopen next spring instead of Dec. 1 as planned

September 03, 2016 09:45AM

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The Bass Museum of Art, 2100 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach

The Bass Museum of Art, 2100 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach

The management of the Bass Museum of Art in Miami Beach postponed its reopening due to delays in a remodeling project that has kept the museum closed for more than a year.

The museum’s management had planned to reopen the Bass on December 1, with three contemporary art exhibitions, to coincide with  Art Basel, the annual art fair in Miami Beach, scheduled for December 1-4.

But the museum will reopen next spring instead as its remodeling continues. Silvia Karman Cubiñá, the executive director and chief curator of the museum, told Miami New Times, “Our primary concern is ensuring that we preserve this iconic piece of Miami Beach history.”

The remodeling project will boost the exhibit space inside the Bass without enlarging the art deco-style building at 2100 Collins Avenue, the former Miami Beach Public Library and Art Center.

Built in 1930, the property was converted to an art museum in 1963 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978. It was built by a grandson of John Collins, the Miami Beach pioneer for whom Collins Avenue is named. [Miami New Times] — Mike Seemuth