Miami's newest museum is set to get a permanent home. The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA Miami), currently housed in the Moore Building, will eventually become a three-story art museum with a 15,000-square-foot sculpture garden. If planning works out, the new space will open in time for Art Basel Miami Beach 2016 on Northeast 41st Street in Miami's Design District.
The first U.S. project designed by Madrid architects Aranguren & Gallegos Arquitectos, ICA Miami will be built on land donated by Miami Design District Associates. The design and construction will be funded by art collectors and philanthropists Norman and Irma Braman, along with private donations, the Miami Herald reports.
"There will be no naming in terms of the museum. ...It will not be built with any public funds, it will be all privately funded," Norman Braman told the Herald.
Newly appointed ICA Miami interim director Suzanne Weaver estimates an annual operating budget of $4 million, which includes a staff of about 28, educational and outreach programs, and music and dance performances, lectures, and films related to art.
ICA Miami was created after the former board of the Museum of Contemporary Art, co-chaired by Irma Braman, split earlier this year from the city of North Miami, where MOCA is located. North Miami, now run by director Babacar M'Bow, retains 70 percent of the former museum's art holdings, the MOCA name and $1 million in grant funds.
The remaining artworks are held by ICA, created by MOCA's previous 21-member board. Works by John Baldessari, Ana Mendieta and Tracey Emin, among others, have moved to the temporary Moore Building space. Some of the works for the new museum will come from the Bramans' personal collection.
ICA Miami will feature about 20,000-square-feet of exhibition galleries along with its sculpture garden on its rear grounds. Final designs are due in early 2015, with groundbreaking expected in December 2015. The time calls for opening in time for the December 2016 Art Basel Miami Beach fair, the Bramans said.
ICA will join other major exhibition spaces in the area, including Craig Robbins' collection in the DACRA offices, Locust Projects, the Rubell Family Collection, and the Marguiles Collection.
For Art Basel this year, ICA Miami honors the museum's inaugural exhibitions by Pedro Reyes: Sanatorium and Andra Ursuta: As I Lay Drying, in its current spot at the Moore on Tuesday, December 2. An after party features a DJ set by Twin Shadow and a live performance by PRINCE RAMA.
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