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Bass Museum: Art Week Recap, Openings, Events & Awards

Miami Beach Art Week at The Bass was fun and exciting as new exhibitions, openings and special events took place throughout the week.

The Bass was proud to announce generous awards from our partners at the Knight Foundation and Art Basel: Miami Beach, in continued support of museum exhibitions and educational programs.

Save the date for Culture Crawl, taking place next week at The Bass, and check out the newest exhibitions for free, including Adrián Villar Rojas with Mariana Telleria: El fin de la imaginación.

Pictured: Phraseology, installation view, 2022


Every third Thursday The Bass opens its doors at sunset for City of Miami Beach’s monthly Culture Crawl. Enjoy free admission from 6 PM – 9PM and visit The Bass’ newest exhibitions. Stop by and groove to the beats of DJ Mauricio Parra. Members of The Bass enjoy a free glass of wine courtesy of Dry Farm Wines and a museum gift shop discount! Get a start on your holiday shopping and stop by The Shop at The Bass for unique gifts and artisanal accessories. Right now, The Shop is offering 40% off on select books. Arrive in style and enjoy $15 off two rides with Alto! Use the promo code CULTURECRAWLDEC through December 31. To redeem your promo code:

  • Open or download the Alto app.

  • Create an account and join as a member – your first 14 days of membership are free!

  • Select the profile section of the app, tap promotions, and enter the promo code.

To attend The Bass' member events throughout the year, check your membership status, and join, upgrade or renew by contacting or calling (305) 673-7530. Pictured: Sylvie Fluery, Eternity Now, 2015

This event is generously supported by Alto and Dry Farm Wines.




Adrián Villar Rojas with Mariana Telleria: El fin de la imaginación is a large-scale, site-specific environment of works by the Argentine artists. The exhibition includes newly commissioned sculptural and installation works, as well as older work re-contextualized by the artist.

Villar Rojas and Telleria transform spaces by creating immersive environments and experiences, inviting viewers to be explorers of the unpredictable cosmos while probing existential questions relating to the temporality of humanity and the ephemerality of nature.

Learn more about this exhibition at our website.

Pictured:Adrián Villar Rojas, Two Suns I, 2015-2022. Installation view El fin de la imaginación.

El fin de la imaginación is part of the Knight Art Commissions Program funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The exhibition is also sponsored by PHILLIPS and the National Endowment for the Arts. The exhibition is also supported in part by Maestro Dobel Tequila; and The Marian Goodman Gallery, kurimanzutto and Patrick Charpenel.


Visit The Bass and enjoy Jamilah Sabur: The Harvesters, now on view!

Artist Jamilah Sabur takes inspiration from Pieter Bruegel's 1565 painting titled The Harvesters, which features adults harvesting wheat under a bright summer sky.

Sabur found herself reexamining the painting in the context of record-breaking heatwaves, and uses the theme of 'harvesting' as a term with double meaning, connecting with her ongoing interest in mining and mineral extraction.

Jamilah Sabur: The Harvesters will be on view through April 30, 2023. Explore this newest exhibition at The Bass!

Pictured: Jamilah Sabur, The efficiency of the turbine, 2022

The exhibition is part of the Knight Art Commissions Program funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Generous support is provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.




For this site-specific commissioned artwork Dismantled Landscape (José Juan Tablada’s Haikus), Jorge Méndez Blake (b. 1974, Mexico) was inspired by Mexican poet José Juan Tablada, the first writer to introduce haikus to the Spanish language in Latin America.

In the inaugural Macallan Art Prize-winning work, Méndez Blake examines the two books of haikus published by the writer: “Un día… (Poemas sintéticos)” [One Day… (Synthetic Poems)], 1919, and ”El jarro de flores (Disociaciones líricas)” [The Flower Jug (Lyrical Dissociations)], 1922.

By deconstructing the 99 poems contained in those books, Méndez Blake creates a visual composition that uses each and every word and punctuation symbol. While in general the themes of the haikus refer to nature, animals and plants, the words invite each individual viewer to create their own narrative, with personal connections colored by time and place.

Learn more about the artwork on our website.

Pictured: Jorge Méndez Blake, Dismantled Landscape (José Juan Tablada’s Haikus), 2022

This work is generously sponsored by The Macallan Art Prize.


Examine the use of text in contemporary artworks in Phraseology, where artists merge form and idea by creating works that contain text, familiar phrases and poetry. Artists present new or different perspectives by providing conflicting methods of observing the art in this exhibition of works from the collection and works on-loan.

Explore Phraseology during your next visit!

Pictured: Phraseology, installation view, 2022

Generous support for this exhibition provided by Art Bridges. Phraseology is supported in part by the Berkowitz Contemporary Foundation.


The Bass was honored to receive $1.25 million in arts investments from Knight Foundation during Miami Art Week. As Knight Arts Miami Grantee, The Bass will direct this support towards expanding art exhibitions and public programs that explore the intersection between art and technology.

Silvia Karman Cubiñá, Executive Director and Chief Curator for the museum was excited to announce the award. “Building on The Bass’ established art commissioning program, Knight Foundation's grant will allow the museum to work with artists to push the boundaries of technology, by creating new works of art and also experimenting with new ways to distribute art experiences," she said.

The Knight Foundation award comes on the heels of The Bass receiving $20.1 million from Miami Beach's General Obligation Bond (G.O. Bond), which passed in the November 6 election. The bond, which totals $159 million and supports 16 local city-owned cultural facilities, improves resiliency and infrastructure for arts and cultural groups to transform and expand their impact on the community.

With the G.O. Bond funds, The Bass plans to update Pritzker Prize-winning architect Arata Isozaki’s original 1995 building concept by adding a new wing south-west of the museum, as well as undertake infrastructure enhancements to the current facility.

Pictured: Cara Despain, test of faith, 2021



As part of Art Basel: Miami Beach's 20th Anniversary celebrations, Art Basel is giving back to the community with a gift of support to The Bass' Miami Beach STEAM+ program.

Initiated in 2018, the STEAM+ program integrates visual and performing arts into science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEAM) classes in local Miami-Dade county public schools. Coordinated by The Bass, STEAM+ programs support the curriculum of seven Miami-Dade County schools reaching close to 5,000 area students.


DEC 27 - 30 | JAN 3 - 6

Don't miss your chance to keep your young artist engaged during winter break with The Bass Creativity Center's Winter Art Camps programs.

The Bass Museum of Art is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.The Bass is generously funded by the City of Miami Beach, Cultural Affairs Program, Cultural Arts Council; the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and the National Endowment for the Arts; and The Bass membership. CH697 - A copy of the official registration & financial information for Friends of the Bass Museum, Inc. (d.b.a. The Bass) may be obtained from the division of consumer services by calling toll-free (800-435-7352) within the state. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the state.

The Bass Museum of Art2100 Collins Avenue Miami Beach, FL 33139

By ML Staff. Image Courtesy of The Bass, Miami Beach


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