The Bass Museum of Art opened for the first time in two years on Sunday, offering free admission for the day.
The museum went through a complete building transformation, officials said, deciding to focus its inaugural exhibition on contemporary artists reflecting the diversity in Miami Beach.
Cameroonian artist Pascale Marthine Tayou created a “welcome wall” in which the word itself was featured in 75 languages to greet international visitors.
“We are really excited to welcome new guests and returning citizens from Miami Beach to the re-opening of the Bass Museum of Art. We want everyone to enjoy and admire the art presented in the gallery,” said staff member Sara Ryan.
The museum features nine galleries, three classrooms, a café and a museum shop. The galleries include: a mime and a clown exhibition, short black and white films and a creative center for children. The Bass seeks to expand the interpretation of contemporary culture, design, fashion and architecture, said Executive Director Silvia Karman Cubiñá.
Weekly classes, including film screenings, portfolio workshops and studio sessions, are offered for students ages 2 to 18. The gallery, said Cubiñá, also wants to encourage family fun by having several activities where they can work together and explore the contemporary art. Family activities include a full kit of interactive visual aids and tours where families can engage in inventive ways. There is also a Creativity Center Family Room intended for families to work on modern ideas and exploration through the art.
One of the biggest renovations the building underwent, she said, was the creativity center which is now over 5,200 square feet, making it the largest dedicated education facility in Miami-Dade County.
“This is my first time visiting the museum and I am very impressed with the exhibitions that the Bass Museum of Art features. It is a pleasure to know there is so much creativity revolving around us,” said visitor Arnetha Gatlin.