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Rene Gonzalez Unveils Design for Berkowitz Contemporary Foundation

The Foundation, a new collection space in Miami, has released renderings for a 45,000-square-foot building that will house monumental artworks.

The Foundation, a new collection space in Miami, has released renderings for a 45,000-square-foot building that will house monumental artworks.

The Berkowitz Contemporary Foundation (BCF)—spearheaded by founder and president Chloe Berkowitz—has released renderings for a new 45,000-square-foot building designed by Miami’s Rene Gonzalez Architect. Ground will break in 2020, and when completed three years later, it will bring BCF’s extensive art collection to Miami’s heavily trafficked Edgewater neighborhood.

Taking pride of place are two monumental artworks: Richard Serra’s Passage of Time, an undulating 200-foot-long Cor-Ten steel curlicue, and James Turrell’s Aten Reign, whose 2013 edition at the Guggenheim in New York drew a record number of visitors and bathed its rotunda in an otherworldly glow. Working in collaboration with the artists, Gonzalez, who also designed the nearby Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, organized the building around the two central works. Once installed in the new space, Passage of Time will be on view for the first time since debuting in 2014 at Qatar’s QMA Gallery as part of the artist’s first solo show in the Middle East.

In addition to these two anchoring pieces, the Foundation will leverage 30,000 square feet of exhibition space to showcase works by a roster of leading contemporary artists including large-scale immersive pieces by Larry Bell, Fred Sandback, and Anish Kapoor along with installations by Philippe Parreno, and Maurizio Cattelan.

Partnership

Before bringing on Gonzalez, Berkowitz originally tapped Arquitectonica to design the building, but zoning issues stalled the project. We’re big fans of both firms over at Surface, but this is an exciting pairing of an architect and a collection in a city known for ambitious private museums.

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