Bass museum delays reopening to spring 2017

Just a month after announcing a December date for reopening, the Bass museum in Miami Beach said it is delaying until the spring.

Silvia Karman Cubina, executive director and chief curator, attributed the delay to slowdowns in receiving construction materials, permitting issues and “surprises that come with a historical building” — all familiar scenarios in South Florida construction.

“We always had a very ambitious and aggressive construction schedule,” she said. Closed for the past 18 months, the museum had hoped to reopen Dec. 1, during the busy Art Basel week. The opening is now planned for April.

Previously announced programming — solo exhibits by Ugo Rondinone, Mika Rottenberg and Pascale Marthine-Tayou — will still take place, but at the new opening date.

The $8.2 million expansion, which doubles the museum’s exhibition space, is being funded by the city of Miami Beach and the state of Florida. The Bass has raised an additional $4.3 million from private donations as an endowment, Cubina said.

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