PAMM UNDER CONSTRUCTION: Photographs by Daniel Azoulay

Nov 6 - Jan 9, 2015

THE EXHIBIT "PAMM, UNDER CONSTRUCTION" features photographs by Daniel Azoulay of the recently completed Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), when it was under construction. The museum was designed by the architecture firm, Herzog & de Meuron from Switzerland with the intention to convey a fluent connection between the subtropical site and its architecture. The photographs by Daniel will tell the story of the building’s construction process, its architecture, and its relation to the site. The framing, sequence, and timing of the photographs allows to see moments of the architecture transformation revealing its making and unique design.


THE NEW PÉREZ ART MUSEUM MIAMI (PAMM), designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architects Herzog & de Meuron, offers 200,000 square feet of programmable space for the display of works of art, educational activities, relaxation and dining. Herzog & de Meuron’s design for the new PAMM is highly responsive to the city’s climate and the needs of a young, rising art museum. The three-story building sits upon an elevated platform and below a canopy, both of which extend far beyond the museum’s walls, creating a shaded veranda and plazas. Working with local and international landscape designers and horticulturists, the architects use this space to "bring the park into the museum" in new and innovative ways.

The interior of the museum comprises a series of distinct galleries and other public areas connected by a series of interstitial spaces displaying the permanent collection, allowing for a fluid visitor experience. Transparency on the first and third levels of the galleries reveals the public and semi-public functions within: the entry halls, auditorium, shop and café on the first level and the education center and staff offices on the third. An open-air parking garage is located beneath the museum and surrounded by landscaping and terraces.

The permanent collection galleries are located on the first and, principally, the second level, which also house extensive temporary exhibition galleries. While mainly oriented inward so as to focus on the art, the second floor galleries incorporate carefully placed windows to allow for natural light and views of the surrounding park and bay. The main gallery level of the new museum appears to hover between more transparent levels, all of which are shaded by the canopy above. The canopy’s overhang creates a series of outdoor spaces that bridge the museum, park and city. The canopy is perforated to allow in light and lush vegetation amongst the columns transforms the veranda into a multi-dimensional garden. In recognition of PAMM’s role as an emerging and rapidly growing art museum, the architects have designed a building that can expand organically from within without major disruptions.


DANIEL AZOULAY is an award winning architectural and documentary photographer, entrepreneur, art collector, and gallerist. Much like the city he now calls home, Azoulay’s photographic career has gone through several metamorphoses. Picture taking has been the steadfast part of his professional DNA. From studies in photography to prolific fashion shoots, his hand always clutched the camera. Azoulay finally succumbed to what he dreamed of documenting from the very beginning. Architecture and design have held a magic spell over the photographer. So does the magic city that kept Azoulay busy with endless documentary opportunities to focus his lens on its ever-changing skyline – like the development of Perez Art Museum, Frost Museum of Science, and Miami Tunnel Project. Azoulay documents architecture with extravagant detail transmitting the architectural beauty while focusing on form, lights, and shadows revealing unique angles and perspective.He is an active member of the art community in Miami lecturing, conducting portfolio reviews at major art schools, and sponsoring photography scholarships at universities. Much of his current work is also part of his philanthropic activity; proceeds from his books are donated toward scholarships and programs that support young talent.

When: November 6th – January 9th, 2015
Opening Reception: Thursday, November 6th, 2014. 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Lecture: Fernando Vilela
Moriarty & Associates. Thursday, November 6th at 5:00 pm
Art Basel Reception: Friday, December 5th. 6:00pm – 8:00 pm
Where: Miami Beach Urban Studios. 420 Lincoln Road, 4th floor, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Daniel Azoulay Gallery

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