Berkowitz Contemporary Foundation Has A New Home
Berkowitz Contemporary Foundation Has A New Home – In 2023, Miami will have yet another reason to realize how modern and artistic it is. Designs for the Berkowitz Contemporary Foundation were announced on December 3, at the beginning of Miami Art Week, and were created to house two monumental sculptures by Richard Serra and James Turrell.
Located in the Edgewater stretch of Biscayne Boulevard from downtown to midtown Miami, the foundation’s 45,000-square-foot public art space will include art galleries for the institution’s permanent collection, as well as flexible space for temporary shows. Two of the most prized possessions of BCF are Richard Serra’s ‘A Passage of Time’ and James Turrell’s ‘Aten Reign’ which are going to be adjusted in certain areas’ scale and lighting requirements to best showcase them since they are valued by experts at $25 to $30 million.
The design incorporates a public plaza where visitors can interact with Serra’s design. “We wanted to debunk the idea this is an unreachable place for any person. In some art museums, people can still get intimidated or overwhelmed. For me, it was important the people feel welcomed.”, said Chloe Berkowitz, founder, and president of the Foundation.
Not only will it show these two anchoring pieces, but the Foundation will also leverage 30,000 square feet of exhibition space to exhibit works by contemporary artists such as Larry Bell, Fred Sandback, Anish Kapoor or Maurizio Cattelan.
Working alongside with the Miami-based firm Rene Gonzalez Architects, Berkowitz said that “Rene and I are trying to create a different experience for people. We’re trying to create a meditative space, where people can take a break from the day, relax and think and contemplate…My dream and hope is it can be almost like a beacon of safety for people.” The new designs have been shown to various City of Miami officials but have not yet been officially submitted. Pending planning permission, Berkowitz hopes to break ground in the beginning of 2020 and open in 2023.
(Images 1-4: Azeez Bakare Studios and courtesy of Rene Gonzalez Architects)
Back in 2014, the Berkowitz Contemporary Foundation submitted initial plans designs by Arquitectonica for an unconventional, anvil-shaped building in translucent concrete that was intended to house both the art and offices, but it wasn’t accepted because the design was considered “out of sync” with the Miami 21 zoning code.(Image Source: The Next Miami)
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