New Miami Art Museum Will Help Pave Way for Miami as Global Arts Capital

After years of planning and fund-raising, on Tuesday, Nov. 30, (fittingly on the eve of Art Basel Miami Beach) the new Miami Art Museum finally broke ground at its soon-to-be new home in Downtown Miami’s Museum Park.

Slated to open in 2013, the 200,000-square-foot Herzog & de Meuron-designed museum is one of only a few publicly funded arts projects being built in Miami the next few years and is budgeted at $131 million. In addition to a brand new, state-of-the-art building, the new MAM location will also provide a significantly larger exhibition space and a separate educational complex.

In attendance of the official groundbreaking event were MAM’s Director Thom Collins, Vice Chairwoman-Elect of the Miami-Dade County Commission Audrey M. Edmonson, MAM Board of Trustees Chairman Aaron Podhurst, Mayor Carlos Alvarez, County Commissioner Sally A. Heyman, County Manager George M. Burgess and Herzog & de Meuron Senior Partner Christine Binswanger (all pictured above).

The groundbreaking event will be further celebrated at the Miami Art Museum fund-raising ball, which will be held this Saturday evening at the Mandarin Oriental, Miami.

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