The Miami Art Museum is rising up… literally. Foundation has been set in place in Downtown Miami’s Museum Park workers are beginning to build vertically. MAM, designed by Herzog & de Meuron, will be open to the public in 2013. The new location allows for more activity with 200,000 square feet of programmable space and 120,000 square feet of interior space. The project is costing approximately $200 million with $37 million being paid to 400 workers. MAM will benefit the Downtown Miami community as a place that provides educational activities, a library, cafes, workspaces, classrooms, and of course, a museum store. Chairman of the MAM board of trustees Aaron Podhurst points out that the building project has created a great deal of fundraising and is praises the “County’s strong support.”
Exhibitions will consist of 20th and 21st century art by artists whose origins are rooted within the Atlantic Rim (the Americas, Europe and Africa) since Miami is populated with people from the area. Janet Cardiff and George Buress Miller, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Susan Rothenber, Wilfrefo Lam and Yinka Shonibare are just a few artists whose work was recently on display. Museum goers will also have to chance to view works by artists such as Doug Aitken, José Bedia, Mark Dion, Marcel Duchamp, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Ann Hamilton, Arturo Herrera, Alfredo Jaar, Sol LeWitt, Vik Muniz, Robert Rauschenberg, Gerard Ritcher, Lorna Simpson, Rachel Whiteread, Wangechi Mutu, James Rosenquist and Thomas Saraceno, which will be part of the permanent collection.