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The Bass Museum of Art on Miami Beach will close Sunday until fall 2016 to increase programming space by 47.5% on its existing footprint with a $7.5 million city grant.

The Miami Beach Historic Preservation Board voted 6-0 Tuesday to approve the partial demolition, renovation and expansion of the two-story structure at 2100 Collins Ave.

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The Bass Museum of Art in Miami is currently hosting the exhibition “Peter Marino: One Way.” Marino, a New York-based architect, is best known for his edgy designs and predilection for leather. He is a favorite among luxury fashion brands and has designed retail locations for Christian Dior, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Céline, and Ermenegildo Zegna. The exhibition’s opening, which took place on December 3, coincided with the launch of the art fair Design Miami, where Marino was granted the inaugural Design Visionary award.

Organized by the internationally renowned curator, writer, artistic director, and musician, Jérôme Sans, “One Way” explores the relationships between Marino’s iconic architectural designs, his personal contemporary art collection, and his recently designed series of cast-bronze boxes.

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Anyone looking to meet the director of the tiny but highly regarded Museum of Contemporary Art here has two choices. Head into the museum, where its interim director, Alex Gartenfeld, has an office. Or go next door to City Hall, where the mayor’s appointee to the same position, Babacar M’Bow, is essentially working in exile.

The dueling directors are just part of the chaos emanating from a bitter showdown that has erupted between MoCA, as the museum is known, and the city that founded it.

The museum’s board wants to leave this working-class city and merge with the Bass Museum of Art in Miami Beach, its wealthier and more glamorous neighbor. It says that North Miami has neglected the museum building and failed to support a needed expansion.

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