Bass Museum Archives: A Miami Story


The Bass Museum Comes to Auction

The Bass Museum of Art, located in Miami Beach, is hosting an upcoming auction from its archives that is sure to excite art enthusiasts and collectors alike. The auction will feature a range of works of art from various exhibitions, including the “Promises of Paradise” exhibit, which explores mid-century Miami’s art and culture.

The “Promises of Paradise” exhibit, which ran until April 13th, 2008, was a groundbreaking show that showcased the contributions of craftsmen of decorative arts to mid-century design in Miami. The exhibit celebrated the indoor-outdoor lifestyle that became synonymous with Miami and highlighted the talented designers who helped shape the city’s modern and glamorous image.

Miami’s Take on Mid-Century

The mid-century was a period of rapid development for Miami, as the city established itself as a modern and glamorous destination. Talented designers like Alfred Browning Parker, Morris Lapidus, and George Farkas helped shape the indoor-outdoor lifestyle that became synonymous with Miami. However, the craftsmen of decorative arts who contributed to this vision have often been overlooked.

Mid-century Miami art and culture is significant period in the history of Miami. The indoor-outdoor lifestyle that was popularized during this time period has become a defining characteristic of Miami, and the designers and artists who contributed to this vision played a crucial role in shaping the city’s identity. The “Promises of Paradise” exhibit captures this essence and provides a glimpse into the rich history of Miami’s art and culture.


The upcoming auction from the Bass Museum of Art provides a unique opportunity to own a piece of mid-century Miami history. Whether you’re a collector, a fan of mid-century design, or simply interested in the history of Miami, this auction is not to be missed. So mark your calendars and get ready to bid on some stunning pieces from the archives of the Bass Museum of Art, including items from the “Promises of Paradise” exhibit.

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