Bass Museum Artist Reception For Laurent Grasso Exhibit at Beats After Sunset 11/4/11

Bass Museum Artist Reception For Laurent Grasso Exhibit at Beats After Sunset
Friday, November 4, 2011 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m
Bass Museum of Art
2100 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Reception to coincide with the opening of French Week Miami

The Bass Museum of Art will host an artist reception for its newest exhibit Laurent Grasso: Portrait of a Young Man on Friday, November 4, 2011 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. coinciding with the opening of French Week Miami.

For his solo exhibition at the Bass Museum, open to the public on October 29, 2011, Parisian artist Laurent Grasso juxtaposes historical works from the museum’s permanent collection of Renaissance and Baroque art with his own series of paintings, sculptures, videos and neons. The artist provocatively forms literal and figurative connections between the past and present and investigates shifting and multiple time frames in his conceptual art practice.

French Week Miami is organized by the French-American Chamber of Commerce with the support of the French Consulate in Miami and showcases the diversity and richness of the French presence to the community of South Florida. This event is actively supported by the Consulate General of France, www.Frenchweekmiami.org.

Guests will enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres by A la Folie Café and cocktails. The reception is free to members and basspass members and $8 for non-members. French week participants can RSVP at faccevents@faccmiami.com for free admission to the reception.

Laurent Grasso: Portrait of a Young Man runs through February 12, 2012 and will be on view during Art Basel Miami Beach 2011. Special museum hours will be: Monday, November 28 through Wednesday, November 30, 2011, noon to 5 p.m.; Thursday, December 1 through Sunday, December 4, 2011, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Laurent Grasso (b. 1972) lives and works in Paris, France. His work has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions, most recently at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris. He has taken part in many national and international group shows and has won several awards worldwide, including the Marcel Duchamp Prize in 2008. The artist is represented by the Sean Kelly Gallery, New York.

Located in Miami Beach, the Bass Museum of Art offers a dynamic year-round calendar of exhibitions exploring the connections between contemporary art and works of art from its permanent collection of Renaissance and Baroque paintings, sculpture and textiles and newly opened Egyptian Gallery. Artists’ projects, educational programs, lectures, concerts and free family days complement the works on view. Founded in 1963 when the City of Miami Beach accepted a collection of Renaissance and Baroque works of art from collectors John and Johanna Bass, the collection was housed in an Art Deco building designed in 1930 by Russell Pancoast. Architect Arata Isozaki designed an addition to the museum that doubled its size from 15,000 to 35,000 square feet between 1998 and 2002. Most recently, the museum selected internationally acclaimed Oppenheim Architecture + Design to lead its first phase of design and renovation tied to the 2010 completion of Miami Beach’s highly anticipated Collins Park. Oppenheim redesigned and relocated the museum’s arrival area to flow from and into the new park on Collins Avenue. For more information, please visit http://www.bassmuseum.org

The Bass Museum of Art is generously funded by the City of Miami Beach, Cultural Affairs Program, Cultural Arts Council; Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; and sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture and the Friends of the Bass Museum. Additional support for the Laurent Grasso exhibition was made possible by Etant donnés: The French-American Fund for Contemporary Art.

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