The Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM)—officially known as the Jorge M. Pérez Art Museum of Miami-Dade County—is a contemporary art museum relocated in 2013 to the Museum Park in Downtown Miami, Florida. Founded in 1984 as the Center for the Fine Arts, it became known as the Miami Art Museum from 1996 until it was renamed in 2013 upon opening its new building designed by Herzog & de Meuron at 1103 Biscayne Boulevard. PAMM, along with the $275 million Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science and a city park built in the area with completion in 2017, is part of the 20-acre Museum Park (formerly Bicentennial Park).
In 2014, the museum’s permanent collection contained over 1,800 works, particularly 20th- and 21st-century art from the Americas, Western Europe, and Africa. In 2016, the museum’s collection contained nearly 2,000 works. Since the new museum building at Museum Park, the museum has seen record attendance levels with over 150,000 visitors in its first four months. The museum initially anticipated over 200,000 visitors in its first year at the new location. At its former location on Flagler Street, the museum received about 60,000 visitors annually.
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The Center for the Fine Arts opened in the downtown Miami-Dade Cultural Center, a 1983 Spanish-style barn and the first of three buildings unveiled in a $24 million county-owned complex designed by Philip Johnson. The museum was built at 101 West Flagler Street in the Miami Cultural Plaza as HistoryMiami and the Miami-Dade Public Library. The opening’s delay of more than a year was occasioned by a $16.5 million renovation of the smoke evacuation system for the complex. Founded as a hall for traveling shows, the $6 million fine arts center did not acquire art until 1996. But its efforts were constrained by little storage or exhibition space. The Miami Art Museum was founded in 1996 as a successor to the Center for the Fine Arts.
The Pérez Art Museum has been collecting art since 1996. The museum’s focus is 20th century and contemporary art and cultures of the Atlantic Rim, which it defines as the Americas, Western Europe, and Africa. The museum’s holdings included 1,800 objects at the new building’s opening, nearly 500 of which were acquired in 2013, including pieces by John Baldessari, Olafur Eliasson, and Dan Flavin. A1 Bed Bug Exterminator Miami
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