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Pérez Art Museum Miami Receives Gift of 100 Artworks

Miami developer Craig Robins has gifted the Pérez Art Museum Miami one hundred artworks from his personal collection, including works by Jedediah Caesar, Patty Chang, and Rachel Lachowicz, Emily Cochrane of the Miami Herald reports. The donation is one of the largest in the museum’s history.

Robins—who serves as the chair of the institution’s Collectors Council—had gifted the museum 102 works in 2013. He said that he and his wife, Jackie Soffer, decided to make a second donation in honor of the museum’s new director, Franklin Sirmans, who joined PAMM in October. “I just think Franklin is an extraordinary person in the art world, and it’s a real coup that we were able to convince him to live and work in our community,” Robins said. “We wanted to celebrate his arrival.”

Robins’s gift is one of many that the museum has recently received. The museum’s namesake, Jorge M. Pérez, donated large-scale works by Ernesto Neto and Pablo Atchugarry that will be on view in PAMM’s sculpture garden. Other such donors include David Hoberman, Deborah and Larry Hoffman, Beth Swofford, Joan Weberman, and the Knight Foundation.

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