Perez Art Museum Miami celebrates anniversary during Art Basel Miami Beach week

Brazilian author visit and a private party are the hightlights of anniversary


MIAMI – The Perez Art Museum Miami turns one this Art Basel Miami Beach weekend.

The $131 million museum building, 1103 Biscayne Blvd., in downtown Miami, opened its doors Dec. 6, 2013 just in time for Art Basel VIPs to get a tour. It was formerly the Center for the Fine Arts in 1984, and about a decade later on Flagler Street it was the Miami Art Museum.

PAMM opened last year, as construction continued at Museum Park. The collection began with about 1,800 pieces including 110 works from developer Jorge Perez, whom the museum is named after, and 102 from developer Craig Robins, a pioneer of Miami's Design District. 



In the sculpture garden:

Buckminster Fuller presents his futuristic looking dome. The artist and architect created the 24-foot "

Fly's Eye Dome

" for Design Miami's 10th anniversary and will be at PAMM until Dec. 14.


At the waterfront terrace:

Konstantin Grcic presents a relaxing lounging area that will be at PAMM until Oct. 1, 2015. Grcic's "


" has a series of swings made out of fiberglass and polypropylene netting that guests can use to enjoy the view.

In the gallery: Mexican artist Mario Garcia Torres' uses multimedia to present the "R.R. and the Expansion of the Tropics" exhibit. According to the museum's chief curator Tobias Ostrander the artist is exploring subjects such as climate change and the works of artist Robert Rauschenberg. It will be up until April 19, 2015.


On the walls:

PAMM commissioned Gary Simmons to paint a mural on the gallery's back wall, which is 30 feet high and 29 feet wide. Simmons used the look of chalk on blackboard as a background to a series of floating words that make up his "

Frozen in Time

" installation.


In the shop:

Brazilian artist new $60 book "

Beatriz Milhazes: Jardim Botanico

" -- a 200 page catalog of her work with a bibliography with essays and an interview. Her exhibit at PAMM includes work that she has produced for the last 25 years. Milhazes will be signing the book from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Thursday. 

Private party: On Thursday, sustaining members and Art Basel VIPs are invited to a fun anniversary bash. Sustaining membership is $175 a year and includes two invitations to the party, admission to hundreds of museums nationwide, free museum admission, early access to exhibits and various discounts.