MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Crews are cleaning, sweeping and installing all around the new, soon-to-be completed Perez Art Museum Miami, or PAMM, at Miami Museum Park.
With less than two weeks to go before opening day, the beautiful 200,000 square-foot building is just about ready for a massive installation created by world renowned contemporary Chinese artist Ai Weiwei who’s piece features more than 700 bicycles. Three large rooms in the museum are filled with the artist’s works.
Some of the museum’s spaces will have permanent collections, others will rotate.
Opening during the week of Art Basel, Deputy Director of PAMM Leann Standish said that all though it seems like a crazy time to open—it actually makes sense.
“Basel is really difficult to figure out. You never know where to go and what to see. We’ve handled all that is for you. The best parties and the best art is right here at our new museum,” said Leann.
The building itself cost 131 million dollars, but the total cost, with the endowment is worth $220 million and with the $40 million worth of art and cash that was donated by Miami businessman and Jorge Perez—hence the name.
The PAMM is a modern art museum dedicated to collecting and exhibiting international art of the 20th and 21st centuries. Also, the museum is a space built with the intention for all to enjoy.
“It’s a gathering place, it’s a community living room, we’re wi-fi everywhere. People can come here, look at all the art, go outside and sit on the Adirondack chairs, have a latte and connect with people right here at the museum,” Leann said.
PAMM officially opens December 4th at 9 a.m. with a ribbon cutting. Miami-Dade residents will be admitted free of charge until December 8th.