Art Basel announces Nicholas Baume, Director and Chief Curator of Public Art Fund, as Curator of Art Basel’s Public sector at Art Basel Miami Beach 2013

Opening Day (by invitation only): Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Public opening dates and hours: Thursday, December 5 to Sunday, December 8

The Public sector sites work by some of the world’s leading and emerging artists into the cityscape of Miami Beach each year; and for the third consecutive year, Public will transform Collins Park into an outdoor exhibition space with large-scale sculpture, video, installation and live performance. Produced in collaboration with the Bass Museum of Art, the sector includes works presented by the show’s international galleries. A night of performances and events, free and open844e5_feb22_basel_img to the public, traditionally opens this sector.

Curated for the first time by Nicholas Baume, Director and Chief Curator of New York City’s Public Art Fund, this year’s edition of Public will reflect Baume’s deep commitment to and relationship with art in the public sphere.

Nicholas Baume has been Director and Chief Curator ofthe Public Art Fund since September 2009. Recent Public Art Fund exhibitions include solo projects by Ugo Rondinone, Thomas Schütte, Oscar Tuazon, Monika Sosnowska, Paola

Nicholas Baume

Nicholas Baume

Pivi, Rob Pruitt, Eva Rothschild, and Ryan Gander; the group exhibitions Statuesque and Common Ground; a major career survey, Sol LeWitt: Structures, 1965 – 2006; and the blockbuster project Tatzu Nishi: Discovering Columbus.

Prior to joining Public Art Fund, Baume served as Chief Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston. He was responsible for shaping the artistic program from 2003-2009, including shows with Kai Althoff, Kader Attia, Carol Bove, Tara Donovan, Thomas Hirschhorn, Anish Kapoor, Lucy McKenzie, and Rodney McMillian; and the establishment of a permanent collection for the 2006 opening of the museum’s award-winning new building by Diller Scofidio + Renfro. A native of Australia, Baume was a Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney before moving to the United States in 1998 to become Contemporary Curator at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, Connecticut. Among his exhibitions there were About Face: Andy Warhol Portraits; Sol LeWitt: Incomplete Open Cubes; and Noncomposition: Fifteen Case Studies. He also organized the first American solo museum projects by Francis Alÿs, Sam Durant, Christian Jankowski, Catherine Sullivan, and Fiona Tan as part of the Matrix Series. Programming and artists for Art Basel in Miami Beach’s Public sector will be available in the fall.

Nicholas Baume comments, “The growing importance of Art Basel’s Public program, reflects both the strong desire of artists to work in ways that initiate a direct encounter with the public, and the investment that many galleries now make to help artists realize their most ambitious ideas. The result is an opportunity for everyone in Miami to engage with great contemporary art in a highly accessible public setting.”

Marc Spiegler, Director of Art Basel, says: “Nicholas’s contributions to public art through his leadership at the Public Art Fund have been exceptional. We are looking forward to seeing how he will transform Collins Park in Miami Beach this December.”

The Art Basel Miami Beach show, whose lead partner is UBS, will present around 250 galleries from across the world, with 50 percent of galleries having exhibition spaces in the United States and Latin America. For the latest updates on Art Basel, visit, find them on Facebook at and follow them on Twitter at