On The Waterfront

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Designed to create a sense of adventure — where every visit brings a new experience — the PAMM is a beautiful example of architectural thinking outside the box — literally. With its sweeping glass walls, outdoor deck, and waterfront location, downtown Miami’s new cultural gem blurs the lines between indoors and outdoors in a uniquely South Florida setting.On December 13, the PAMM will open its doors, welcoming visitors to its new home, a three-story building next to the still-under-construction Miami Science Museum in Museum Park on Biscayne Bay.

“For the first time, Miami will have a major, world-class center for modern and contemporary visual art,” says Jorge M. Pérez, founder, chairman, and CEO of The Related Group, which has contributed more than $40 million to the museum’s capital campaign. “The museum’s commitment to assembling one of the world’s leading collections of contemporary art reflects my own desire for Miami to continue to grow as an international cultural destination,”

Pritzker Prize-winning architects Herzog & de Meuron designed the building. The cutting-edge PAMM will provide space to showcase its growing art collection, a variety of galleries to present more world-class exhibitions to Miami-Dade County, and an educational complex to bring the world of art closer to children and adults.

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“Our new building provides a catalyst for social activities in the presence of art,” says Thom Collins, museum director. “You can spend the day here strolling through the galleries, meeting your friends, or reading a newspaper on the deck. Through the windows, you might see a cruise ship in the turning basin at Port Miami, ready to head for the ocean.”

Most PAMM visitors will arrive by Metromover or by car, turning off Biscayne Boulevard (U.S. 1) into an underground parking facility. At ground level, there’s a pedestrian promenade on the south side and landscaped deck, partially shaded by a louvered roof. “As you walk around the building, you can see how the design erases the distinction between nature and culture,” says Collins.

Stepping into the museum brings an encounter with the ground-level exhibition spaces, as well as a cafe, bar, restaurant, store, and other museum services.

PAMM’s inaugural exhibition lineup reflects the museum’s mission to emphasize artists who engage with traditions from the United States, the Caribbean, and Latin America. For instance, there will be focused exhibitions on the work of Cuban painter Amelia Peláez and Haitian-born, Miami-based artist Edouard Duval-Carrié, as well as major retrospectives on international artists Ai Weiwei and Beatriz Milhazes, and group exhibitions on the exchange of ideas between the Caribbean basin, Europe, and North Africa. (More info about the Ai Weiwei exhibit, Fanfare, page 90)

PAMM’s second floor is dedicated to events with a changeable configuration for film screenings, live performances, and other activities. The galleries on both floors include large spaces for contemporary or touring art shows and mid-size exhibitions that will change every few months. Project galleries will allow artists to examine aspects of life in Miami. “With our ever-changing galleries, films, and performance programs, you can come to PAMM every month and see something new,” says Collins.

PAMM’s offices and educational services are located on the third floor, which includes an art library that is open to the public, as well as a digital media lab for students and multiple classrooms.

“Our new building is not an end in itself, but a means of vastly expanding our service to the community,” says Collins. “This is a great moment for Miami, as we take another step forward with the evolution of our city.”

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