PAMM Opens Today, and It's More Beautiful Than You Imagined

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All Photos by Travis Cohen
Two thousand words is too many for a Wednesday morning, but too few to do the new Pérez Art Museum Miami justice. So we'll put it simply: the new Herzog and De Meuron (HDM) edifice on museum island is, no exaggeration, exquisite.

Naturally, in this story, we'll be describing the space in more detail than that. But it's important for you to understand from the get-go that this complex is fucking amazing. Miami has not had such a significant injection of vivaciousness and cultural voracity in architectural form since the Downtown skyline began to soar with cocaine christened towers of glass and steel and light in the 1980s, or perhaps even the Art Deco resuscitation of our bedraggled city after the hurricane of September 1926. HDM have given birth to a new nerve center for communal convalescence, a ganglion where Miami's 5.4 million human synapses can fire at will beside the beauty of Biscayne Bay.

See also: Perez Museum Opens For Art Basel: Has Miami Art Sold Out?

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Vanessa Martin
The view from PAMM to the Arsht Center.

The history of Museum Park is pock-marked with a series of half-started, half-aborted projects to give the city a new art museum, a fact that isn't surprising in the slightest considering Miami's penchant for half-assedness when it comes to growing our cultural infrastructure. And yet, somehow, PAMM has actually come to fruition - and in a remarkably short span of time at that.

As soon as you set foot inside the 200,000 square feet of PAMM, you have the sense that you're walking into a very special place. That feeling is emphasized when you have the opportunity to see it and learn about it alongside the people who made the concept a reality. From explanations by Thom Collins, the museum director, to Jacques Herzog and Christine Binswanger of HDM, to Patrick Blanc, the French botanist who designed much of the landscaping and greenery that will be an integral part of the museum experience, one immediately comes to understand the gravity that this project carried for all those involved. These people clearly cared a great deal about delivering something extraordinary by the time Art Basel rolled around in December 2013.

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From Left to Right: Christine Binswanger and Thomas Collins
"You know enough about Miami to know that this is a critical consideration," Collins said at yesterday's press preview of the newly minted museum, "and that is, if you've spent time here, you know that this is a city in which there are very few places to gather, places that are free and accessible and that put you in touch with the environment - the reason that so many people are here in the first place - that actually are comfortable to be. And so, the last driver in this project was the need for a social space unlike other social spaces in the city."

And while he and the rest of the players responsible for developing PAMM may have described the new museum's social space as the "last driver in this project," the reality is that for any Miami native, the initiative to create a space for the people to pass the time together and appreciate the splendor of the city will stand out as the most distinctive and moving aspect of the new museum.


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Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM)

1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL

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frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

......................................another SCAM to charge $30 for parking

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

........................................here is an idea to "expose" art to the UNinitiated (since the rich can do this on their own) sponsor MIAMI DADE teens to go on supervised trips TO ROME and PARIS and TOLEDO and NYC and other US location WHERE THE REAL ART ALREADY IS as part of an educational experience

don't you think any kid who actually sees VENICE or VIENNA first hand isn't going to accrue VALUE at least equal to travel and accomodation costs ?

mr perez could buy out european youth hostels for weeks at a time and charter a plane and hire supervising parents and guardians for a fraction of what that building cost !

to air condition that building each month alone a score or more kids could spend a week away - every month !

50,ooo kids could experience "art" over time and far and away provide more "exposure" than just the price of that expensive brick and mortar building and even more money wasted to continually upkeep and maintain and insure the contents of

Dori Gragg
Dori Gragg

I will brave the dust and construction crew cat calls. This Miamian is heading there this weekend. Can't wait.

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

..........................................built with DRUG money but here in SoFla that is perfectly acceptable - almost anywhere else it would not have been allowed = period

meanwhile half of MIAMIs children are food and housing INsecure - where is their "museum"

Phil Ramirez
Phil Ramirez

Miamians will go when it's deemed "trendy & chic" by Puff Daddy and the Estefans.

Steven Patrick Bergés
Steven Patrick Bergés

Denise, it may be impressive but compared to collections in Chicago and NYC it's a museum collection that's lacking in breadth. It needed to be way, way larger.

Denise Marie
Denise Marie

I can't believe anyone would have a complaint about this museum. It's on par with some of the most impressive art museums in the country. We should be proud to have something like this in our backyard. The construction crews and dust are hardly a detriment. Do yourself a favor and check it out, Miamians. You will not be disappointed!

John Anthony
John Anthony

Miamians will go when all the construction crews and dust leave. Soooo much outdoor construction, you can't even sit outside to enjoy the MacArthur causeway construction and exhaust fumes !

Melissa Figueroa
Melissa Figueroa

Jessica Gueits Lugo can we be those cool people that goes to the museum?! Lol

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

............................i would rather we re-HIRE all the elementary school teachers we LOST - otherwise all the MIAMI "art" could just as well be displayed out at that new $562,ooo,ooo baseball stadium when the team moves to ORLANDO

Jorge135
Jorge135

@Steven Patrick Bergés Are you really trying to compare us to Chicago and NYC? We're a city of 400k people, NY has 8MM residents!! Be grateful we have something so beautiful, and stop trying to compare us to other cities. We are what we are, and we are evolving. You are either part of the solution or party of the problem. 

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

................................ms denise it was built with DRUG money at the expense of the children of MIAMI half or more of whom are food and housing insecure which as a builder mr perez has made scant access to housing for,  instead laundering money for DRUG KINGPINs who buy for all-cash sight-unseen muliple million-dollar luxury high-rise units from off-shore LLCs

these buyers would never consider purchasing units in NYC to have the NYPD on their case as here in SoFla, elected officials and the police department can be bought off with protection money

i would much rather have seen a PEREZ elementary school or a PEREZ nutritional center or PEREZ low-income affordable housing - and so should ALL of us

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