Launched in 2014, Miami's Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) has already outgrown its current location in the historic Moore Building, a former furniture showroom built in typical Art Deco style in 1921. As of December 1, the ICA moves into a new home built by Madrid-based architects Aranguren & Gallegos Arquitectos. Former Philadelphia Eagles owner turned philanthropist Norman Braman and his wife, Irma, fully funded the design and construction of the new building. Many of the ICA's recent acquisitions came from the Braman's $900 million-dollar collection of Picassos, Pollacks, and Calders.
As the latest addition to Miami's hot Design District scene, the new three-story museum boasts 20,000 square feet of exhibition space and a 15,000 square-foot public sculpture garden. Educational programs, scholarship opportunities, and hands-on art experience are all planned as well.
The new ICA opens to the public in December; museum goers interested in getting the VIP treatment are encouraged to become museum members before October 1. Membership benefits include VIP access to Miami Art Week, access to exhibition previews, and advance invites to the grand opening celebration.