Art on the Waterfront: Missoni Baia and PAMMPosted 02.27.2024
The new collection of Italian-inspired Edgewater, Miami, condos at Missoni Baia is just the latest in a long line of artful buildings popping up on the waterfront. Today, we’re highlighting another of these waterfront wonders, the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), which can be found just south of the shining Missoni Baia tower. Keep reading to learn about the museum’s history as well as what you can see there this summer!
The grand Pérez Art Museum Miami had humble beginnings. Founded in 1983 as a spartan exhibition hall for traveling shows, the museum, then simply called “the Center for the Fine Arts,” was constrained by its lack of space for a permanent collection. Its successor, the Miami Art Museum, was founded in 1996 in an effort to create a robust contemporary and modern art museum, but it took until the 2010s for the institution to find its final location on the Biscayne Bay waterfront.
The Pérez Art Museum Miami got its new name in 2013 along with a brand-new building from renowned architects Herzog & de Meuron, whose design incorporated a grand staircase leading to the water, a series of wraparound terraces, and the building’s defining feature, a living roof by French botanist Patrick Blanc that features more than 80 kinds of subtropical plants. The three-story building has ample room for exhibits, large and small, including high galleries that can accommodate massive installations. The new museum created a central cultural space to which all art-loving Miamians can flock to experience an exultant permanent collection as well as a constantly rotating set of exhibitions.
This summer, Miamians have the opportunity to see a couple of unique installations at the museum. The fascinating Marisol and Warhol Take New York exhibit seeks to reclaim the French-Venezuelan artist’s place in the New York City pop art scene of the 1960s by “situating her work in dialogue with Warhol’s,” demonstrating how she influenced and was influenced by her more well-known contemporaries. Fans of the grand works of Cristo and Jeanne-Claude will love the intimate exhibit Cristo Drawings, where visitors can trace the development of these breathtaking works that “wrap around” the natural world from their earliest phase of conception.
Of course, visitors should check out the halls housing PAMM’s permanent collection as well. Whether you’re intrigued by a specific exhibit or just want to explore one of Miami’s most diverse collections of contemporary and modern art, you won’t regret spending a day at
PAMM. And if you’re also intrigued by the idea of spending future days and nights in the artistic splendor of Missoni Baia itself, contact our team today.