Could this be the only negative review of the critically acclaimed Perez Art Museum Miami, by the noted design critic Aaron Betsky? Mr. Betsky certainly knows how to sling some lacerating prose, like "This is above all else a skeleton scaling down the adjacent high-rises, highway, and port structures towards a place where art can berth." and "Almost everything about the building is a perversion of what you expect from a contemporary art museum." Ohh Aaron.
Apparently, although the museum is monumental, it mucks the monumental sequence up. Where the grand entrance should be on the bayside, that monumental stair leads only to the cafe. And you are squeezed and squished up to the museum's piano nobile, being released into spaces for really big art, which is "Miami's thing these days." Finally, "It is a fecund mess of masterful moves hiding in the ruins of a temple of culture."
· A rambling ruin for culture [Architect Mag]
· Perez Art Museum Miami coverage [Curbed Miami]