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Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami to open December 2017

Construction underway at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami. The museum is set to open in December 2017.
Construction underway at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami. The museum is set to open in December 2017.

The Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami will be open by Art Basel — just not this Art Basel.

The museum’s opening date, most recently slated for early 2017, has now officially been set for Dec. 1, 2017, ahead of Miami’s premier art fair. It will mark the culmination of a two-year effort to create the 37,500-square-foot exhibition space, albeit a little later than its initial completion date set for late 2016 and then early-to-mid 2017.

To commemorate the opening, the museum will exhibit “The Everywhere Studio,” 100 works in painting, sculpture, video and installation by more than 50 artists from the past five decades. The show will explore the artist’s studio as it has evolved from the post-war period to today. Among the works will be those by Bruce Nauman, Carolee Schneemann, Dieter Roth, Andy Warhol, Martin Kippenberger, Cheryl Donegan, Elaine Sturtevant, Anna Oppermann, Tetsumi Kudo, Andrea Zittel, Neïl Beloufa, and Laure Prouvost. The show will run through February 2018.

“ICA Miami’s inaugural program is a reflection of our mission to advance new scholarship on contemporary art and showcase the work of the most innovative and experimental artists of our time,” museum director Ellen Salpeter said in a release.

The opening program will include installations of contemporary and post-war work, including newly commissioned sculptures by international artists. The museum will include project space for emerging artists.

The new space is a major upgrade from the museum’s current facilities at the Moore Building in the Design District; with more than double the space for exhibition galleries and a 15,000-square-foot sculpture garden.

The project was spearheaded (and largely funded) by Irma and Norman Braman, a civic activist and auto dealer, beginning in 2014, after ICA’s founders split from the board of the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami.

Irma Braman, who also serves as co-chair of ICA Miami’s board of trustees, said the museum is set to become a hub for cultural dialogue in the community, while adding to the neighborhood’s current offerings. The new museum, on 41st Street in the Design District, will be 50 feet east of the existing de la Cruz Collection of Contemporary Art.

“We embarked on the construction of ICA Miami’s new home to create a vital and enduring cultural resource for our community that fosters appreciation for the work of the most innovative artists of our time,” Irma Braman said in a release.

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