We present contemporary art to excite, challenge and educate.
The Bass is Miami Beach’s contemporary art museum. Focusing on exhibitions of international contemporary art, The Bass presents mid-career and established artists reflecting the spirit and international character of Miami Beach. The Bass seeks to expand the interpretation of contemporary art by incorporating disciplines of contemporary culture, such as design, fashion and architecture, into the exhibition program.
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.
Central to the museum’s mission, The Bass maintains a vigorous education program for lifelong learning and visitors of all ages. The Bass IDEAS education initiative uses art as a catalyst for creativity and positive growth, especially in the area of early childhood education.
The Bass re-opened to the public on October 29, 2017 after a comprehensive transformation, led by architects Arata Isozaki and David Gauld. The renovation expanded the internal structure to create an almost 50 percent increase in programmable space, including four new galleries, a museum store and cafe, and a designated education facility to better serve expanded programs and increased attendance.
Silvia Karman Cubiñá, Executive Director, and Leilani Lynch, Assistant Curator, of The Bass, describe the evolution of Miami's premier contemporary art museum and its continued dedication to providing a platform for global artists. On the occasion of the museum's reopening, exhibitions by Ugo Rondinone, Mika Rottenberg and Pascale Marthine Tayou reflect the diversity and texture of Miami's cultural landscape. Special thanks to Phillips for the creation of this video.
The Bass, Miami Beach's contemporary art museum, is housed in a historic Art Deco building. Photography by Zachary Balber.
City of Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber visits Summer Art Camp at The Bass and learns the art of origami from campers.
Students tour exhibitions on view with docents and teaching artists.
Creativity in the Community
Creativity in the Community by The Bass consists of art and literacy workshops for families. This program uses art and literacy to provide quality, engaging educational content for the entire family through multi-disciplinary art lessons that implement a literacy component to each lesson. These 6-week sessions are offered offsite and include free transportation for visits to the museum.
Bass Babies (Ages 2 - 4)
A weekly art program designed for our youngest visitors and their caregivers, to foster new discoveries in sensory awareness, creativity and pre-literacy skills through hands-on art activities.
Teen Art Class (Ages 13 - 18)
Studio art intensive workshops for building a strong portfolio of work. Each month is devoted to a particular medium, providing students the ability to select and explore material. Professional art teachers will advise and guide students to develop their skillset, hone their studio art practice, and experiment with a multitude of materials. Students will learn how to articulate their vision and speak about artwork through one-on-one and group critique, a necessary tool for artist development.
Designed for children ages 4-12, Spring, Summer and Winter Art Camp at The Bass is led by professional museum educators, teaching artists and certified M-DPS art teachers. Campers will make a one-of-a–kind STEAM inspired projects and learn through fun, hands-on art activities in sculpture, painting, design and more.
On select Sunday afternoons, familes are invited to make art programs, enjoy guest performers and special activities. Family Day is free of charge.
Mr. George Lindemann
Laura Paresky Gould
Mrs. Silvia Karman Cubiñá
Director of Education
Director of External Affairs
This organization's financial statements were independently submitted and have not been verified by The Miami Foundation.