Miquel Barcelo, Georg Baselitz, Steve Benisty, Jeff Burton, Francesco Clemente, Dan Colen, ronnie cutrone, Richard Deacon, Pierpaolo Ferrari, Lucio Fontana, Adam Fuss, Loris Greaud, Andreas Gursky, Keith Haring, Gregor Hildebrandt, Damien Hirst, Thomas Houseago, Zhang Huan, Y. Z. Kami, Idris Khan, Anselm Kiefer, David LaChapelle, Claude Lalanne, Peter Lane, Guy Limone, Nate Lowman, Robert Mapplethorpe, STEVEN MEISEL, Andrei Molodkin, Joel Morrison, Farhad Moshiri, Vik Muniz, Jean-Michel Othoniel, Yan Pei-Ming, Walter Pfeiffer, Paola Pivi, Richard Prince, Lee Quiñones, Michal Rovner, Robert Ryman, Tom Sachs, Richard Serra, Andy Warhol, Christopher Wool, Erwin Wurm, Manolo Yllera
The purpose of the Bass Museum of Art is to collect and exhibit the finest art the world has to offer from the past through the present, thereby enriching lives and educating residents and visitors in the City of Miami Beach.
The Bass Museum of Art was established by agreement in 1963 when the City of Miami Beach accepted the gift of the art collection of John and Johanna Bass upon condition that it would maintain the collection in perpetuity, provide for the exhibition of the collections, and keep it open and available to the public. The museum occupies what was originally the Miami Beach Public Library and Art Center, which was designed in 1930 by Russell Pancoast, grandson of Miami Beach pioneer John A. Collins. This was Miami’s first public building with an exhibition space for the fine arts, and it was designed to preserve the symmetry of the formal gardens of Collins Park, which had been donated to the City by Collins and laid out in the 1920s. This building is now the centerpiece of the city’s historic district and was placed on the National Register in 1978.