Pérez Art Museum Miami serves one of the most diverse populations in one of the fastest growing regions in the country, where a unique confluence of Caribbean, North and South American cultures adds vibrancy and texture to the civic landscape. The city’s thriving community of artists, designers and collectors and its avid and growing art-engaged public are driving Miami’s demand for a world-class museum and dynamic center of visual arts education. The new PAMM transforms Museum Park into a central destination on Miami’s cultural map, promotes progressive arts education, builds community cohesiveness and contributes substantially to downtown revitalization.
Pérez Art Museum Miami exists to improve the quality of life for individual residents of and visitors to Miami-Dade County, as well as social life in the communities they represent, by facilitating catalytic engagements with the most progressive visual arts of our time.
Pérez Art Museum Miami was originally founded in 1984 as the Center for Fine Arts and was strictly an exhibiting organization with no collection of its own. In 1996, as part of an institution-wide reorganization, the museum was renamed Miami Art Museum and dedicated itself to collecting and exhibiting international art of the 20th and 21st centuries with a special emphasis on art of the Americas. Plans began for a new, world-class facility that would strengthen the museum’s role as a vital cultural and educational center and provide space needed to showcase the museum’s art holdings and attract more top caliber exhibitions. Pritzker Prize-winning architects Herzog & de Meuron were chosen to design a state-of-the-art model for sustainable museum design and progressive programming in downtown Miami’s Museum Park. Museum Park, a vibrant mix of green space and cultural offerings, is a catalyst for the transformation and urban redesign of the district, and is central to efforts to strengthen Greater Miami’s momentum as an emerging global capital. The new museum opened to international acclaim on December 4, 2013, renamed Pérez Art Museum Miami in recognition of a landmark leadership gift of cash and art from Jorge M. Pérez, now valued at $40 million.
Pérez Art Museum Miami is a vital cultural and educational center in one of the fastest growing regions in the country, where a confluence of Caribbean, North American and South American cultures adds vibrancy and variety to civic activity. With the opening of its Herzog & de Meuron-designed building in downtown Miami in December 2013, the museum serves as a resource commensurate with Miami’s thriving community of artists, designers and collectors, its art-engaged public, and the location of some of the world’s most important art and design fairs. PAMM is committed to collecting art of the 20th and 21st centuries that represents and responds to Miami’s cultural diversity. The new facility has enabled the museum to expand its exhibition, public and progressive education programs, and to provide its community with innovative and exciting cultural experiences.