Gary Nader, a local art collector with a gallery in Wynwood, revealed plans this week to build what's being called the Latin American Art Museum (LAAM) at an undetermined location in downtown Miami. The museum, he said, will feature about 600 paintings, drawings, and sculptures from his personal collection.
Gary Nader Art Centre will unveil the model and renderings of LAAM, designed by Mexican architect Fernando Romero, designer of the Soumaya Museum in Mexico City, during Art Basel Miami Beach.
A group exhibition of paintings, sculptures, drawings, and other media from the museum's permanent collection accompanies the debut of the LAAM model and architectural plan.
LAAM will display the largest and most comprehensive Latin American collection, with more than 150 of the most important modern and contemporary artists from this region. The museum aspires to be the most important venue in North America showcasing acclaimed Latin American art and will be dedicated to educating the public through appreciation and reinterpretation of modern and contemporary art from Latin America, the Miami Herald reports.
The show will be on view December 3, 2014, through January 31, 2015.
Expected to open in early 2016, the 90,000-square-foot museum will feature exhibits displaying a variety of modern and contemporary media, including visual art, couture fashion, film, and music. Outside, Nader will display about 25 sculptures in what he has called a "cultural park."
The first year of programming will feature a retrospective of works by Fernando Botero and a Brazilian art exhibit, along with individual shows of works by Latin American masters Roberto Matta, Wifredo Lam, Frida Kahlo, and her husband, Diego Rivera.
Nader estimated the cost of the museum to be around $50 million. He plans to build a 300-unit, $300 million residential tower on the same property to help fund the project, where units will be priced between $2 million and $20 million.
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Patrons can also see some of the Latin American art in Nader's collection on the second floor of his gallery until the museum opens in 2016. As for more immediate plans, Nader is further promoting Latin American art with a new space in New York, opening its first show with a solo presentation by Botero on October 30. Gary Nader New York will bring together some of the artist's most iconic pieces completed from the 1960s to today.
The gallery will also feature important works from its permanent collection of masters: Basquiat, Chagall, Chia, Cruz-Diez, Di Cavalcanti, Hirst, Indiana, Kippenberger, Kuitca, Lam, Lichtenstein, Matisse, Matta, Morales, Oehlen, Pettoruti, Picasso, Portinari, Rauschenberg, Rivera, Soto, Stella, Tamayo, Toledo, Torres-Garcia, Varejao, Vasarely, and others.