John Baldessari. The Fallen Easel, 1988. Lithograph with silkscreen on paper and metal, 74 x 95 inches. Collection Pérez Art Museum Miami, gift of Debra and Dennis Scholl. Image courtesy Marian Goodman Gallery, New York
At the core of PAMM’s care, collection and presentation of artworks is the belief that art is a special language, a particular human gift as unique form of expression, and one that should be valued and shared. Our permanent collection is the most lasting manifestation of the museum’s belief in preserving and sharing this gift for our current public and for future generations.
For the presentation of the museum’s permanent collection during our 35th anniversary year, this understanding of art is being conflated conceptually with the celebration of donations of art that have been made to the museum during the last several decades. The artworks currently on view represent outstanding examples of the now more than 2,500 works that have been gifted to the museum since it first became a collecting institution in 1994. While each artwork embodies a distinct form of expression, they additionally represent the generosity of the donors who have chosen to move it from the private sphere of their personal collections into the public sphere of the museum’s holdings. Within each of these donations lies the belief in sharing with as many people as possible, the gift of art.
Highlights from the Exhibition
The Gift of Art is organized by PAMM Chief Curator Tobias Ostrander.