Knight Foundation Awards The Bass Museum
The Bass was honored to receive $1.25 million in arts investments from Knight Foundation during Miami Art Week - a celebration of art that is central to our community.
Pictured: Cara Despain, test of faith, (2021). Installation view, Specter. Photography by Zaire Aranguren. Courtesy of The Bass, Miami Beach.
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.
Pictured: Curator Culture, (2022), filmmaker Kareem Tabsch, moderator Tom Healy & artist Pepón Osorio. Photography by Zaire Aranguren. Courtesy of The Bass, Miami Beach.
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 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. The proposed new wing will add versatile spaces for engagement and a state-of-the-art contemporary gallery for the museum’s growing permanent collection.