Rendering of the future home of the Berkowitz Contemporary Foundation in Miami. Three-dimensional Rendering by Azeez Bakare Studios / courtesy Rene Gonzalez Architects.
Beginning in 2023, migrating art worlders will have one more showpiece art space to visit while in Miami for Art Basel in Miami Beach and its satellite fairs. On Monday, the Berkowitz Contemporary Foundation (BCF) announced plans to build a 45,000-square-foot space on Biscayne Boulevard in the downtown-adjacent Edgewater neighborhood.
The futuristic building, designed by Miami-based architecture firm Rene Gonzalez Architects, will accommodate two of the BCF’s prize possessions: Richard Serra’s 218-foot-long sculpture of snaking steel Passage of Time (2012), and James Turrell’s towering Aten Reign (2013), the glowing, telescoping centerpiece of his 2013 Guggenheim Museum retrospective. In addition to those two showpieces, the new building will accommodate other large-scale works from the BCF collection including pieces by Anish Kapoor and Fred Sandback, installations by Maurizio Cattelan and Philippe Parreno, and other permanent and temporary exhibitions.
“We have worked closely with the Foundation, as well as several of the artists in their collection, to design an immersive and contemplative building that will enhance the city’s cultural landscape,” architect Rene Gonzalez said in a statement.
“Rene’s outstanding designs are not only innovative but thoughtful with regards to both Edgewater’s landscape and Berkowitz Contemporary Foundation’s collection,” Chloe Berkowitz, BCF’s founder and president, added.
Construction on the BCF building, which will be located on Biscayne Boulevard between 26th Street and 26th Terrace, will start in 2020 and take three years.
Cross-section rendering of the future home of the Berkowitz Contemporary Foundation in Miami. Three-dimensional Rendering by Azeez Bakare Studios / courtesy Rene Gonzalez Architects.