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Art gift to Pérez Art Museum Miami by Mimi and Bud Floback grows to nearly 30 major works
Gerhard Richter, Abstraktes Bild (742-4) (Abstract Picture [742-4]), 1991. Oil on wood, 57 x 59 in. Collection Miami Art Museum, gift of Mimi and Bud Floback in honor of Suzanne Delehanty. Photo: Peter Harholdt.

MIAMI, FL.- Pérez Art Museum Miami Director Thom Collins announced that the Museum received a major gift of art to its permanent collection. In anticipation of the Museum’s move to its new and expanded facility in Museum Park, long-time Museum supporters Mimi and Bud Floback have committed to giving 10 additional works of art from their collection of modern and contemporary masters, bringing their total gift to nearly 30 major works. This newest gift includes paintings, photographs and sculpture by artists such as Rineke Dijkstra, Dan Flavin, Jim Hodges, Paul Hodgson, Susan Rothenberg, and Andres Serrano. The Museum’s new facility, designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architects Herzog & de Meuron will provide more than three times the exhibition space of its current facility.

Mimi and Bud are the kind of donors every museum dreams of, discerning collectors with an unwavering commitment to supporting the public arts institutions in their community,” said Collins. “In their long history with the Museum, they have either given us or helped us acquire some of the best works in our collection.”

"We are committed to continuing our support for PAMM's permanent collection, and are thrilled that these gifts can help highlight the long awaited goal of the Museum's new facility and world class collection. Art has been a very personal part of our lives. We consider ourselves ‘art stewards’ rather than collectors,” said Mimi Floback. “These works can now be shared by our longtime neighbors and students in greater Miami Dade County and City of Miami. They reached into their own pockets and affirmed the creation of the new building on the Bay. It is the least Bud and I can do to say ‘thank you.’”

Since the Museum became a collecting institution in 1996, and planning for a facility to showcase these permanent holdings began, the Flobacks have contributed considerably to the Museum’s collection through both gifts from their private collection and by providing financial support to make specific acquisitions. Among these are highlights from the Museum’s collection, including works by Loriel Beltran, Dara Friedman, Ann Hamilton, Gerhard Richter, Frank Stella, Janine Antoni and Paul Ramirez Jonas, Do Ho Suh, and Carrie Mae Weems. Among the 10 newest works being given to the Museum by the Flobacks are:

• Josephine Meckseper’s Thank a Vet (2008) is a striking, politically charged work that includes found, mass-produced objects that reference the body situated atop of a rectangular mirrored base takes from commercial displays.

• Dan Flavin’s Untitled (To Lucie Rie, Master Potter) (1990), is an example of the artist’s late work. It is a wall-mounted piece that utilizes colored lights arranged parallel and perpendicular to the wall to achieve a bold sculptural impact.

• Elliott Hundley’s Monument (2004) is a dynamic wall-based monochromatic collage mounted on an intricate wooden armature. Monument combines densely worked areas of imagery with fields of unadorned white paper, playing between restraint and boldness and exemplifying Hundley’s mastery of the language of collage.

• Rineke Dijkstra’s Eurora, Portugal Mai 1 1994 (1994) is from a dramatic series of photographs taken of forcados (Portuguese bullfighters), just after they have left the ring. Dijkstra’s portraits, which are represented in the museum’s collection through the Cowles Collection, simultaneously articulate a cool elegance and poignant, emotional depth

• Le Meridien [Rio] (2012) by Sarah Morris is part of series of paintings that emerged from the artist’s explorations of Rio de Janiero and reflects the city’s unique architecture. Morris works between film and painting, creating lush and charged portraits of place in the two media.

• Susan Rothenberg’s Dominos-Hot (2001-02) emerges from a body of work in which objects and motifs from other periods of the artist’s career reemerge in dynamic canvases imbued with raw, energetic brushwork, gestural abstraction, and figurative elements.

This gift from the Flobacks marks the third major gift to PAMM in recent months. In February, Debra and Dennis Scholl donated 300 works from their collection, primarily large-scale installation, video art, photography and works by Miami-based artists. Prior, Jorge M. Pérez donated more than 100 Latin American works by modern masters such as Wifredo Lam and Roberto Matta.

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