Nader Says Pérez ‘Worst Thing That Happened To Culture In This Town’

Art dealer Gary Nader is lashing out following a Miami Dade College committee ranking of four proposals to develop 520 Biscayne yesterday.

Nader told the Herald that Jorge Pérez “puts his name on a museum that is empty. He hasn’t done anything for that museum. He’s the worst thing that happened to culture in this town because most of the important people in that museum walked away when he put his name there.”

Nader said that the $20 million in cash and $20 million worth of art that Pérez donated to PAMM was insufficient, and that “now he’s trying to stop us” from bringing in competition.

Related Group’s proposal for 520 Biscayne calls for a smaller museum and cultural space than Nader’s Latin American Art Museum.

Although Nader’s proposal was ranked second by a committee, college officials will now open negotiations with both Nader and Related. A decision could come as soon as April 19.

 

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Anonymous
5 years ago

Not knowing either Perez or Nader, it is clear to me simply by standing the two designs next to one another that one (Nadar) is more appealing, visionary, futuristic and iconic, compared to (Perez) design which is in a word mediocre at best from a man interested only in the profit with no insight or vision to the esthetics at all.

Anonymous
5 years ago

Nader is in part right. Moreover, it definitely looks better than the Related project.

MrDreTheOne
5 years ago

Nader has presented the superior design and vision. I hope the MDC committee can see that.

chris
5 years ago

No more of Related Group un-architecture projects for downtown. PLEASE!!!!!!!

Universal
5 years ago

OMG….well said!!!! This guy is 100% right regarding PAMM situation

Ricky
5 years ago

I couldn’t agree more with Nader. The title of this nails it. Seems to me that Nader is the only one that actually cares how it looks and what he will bring to the table. The Laam is really nice and has a gorgeous pedestal – Probably the best out of the 4. I hope he does win the bid.

Polo
5 years ago

Nader, your design for 520 Biscayne is superior and your museum spectacular, but I think is a done deal and Related proposal is going to win. They (MDC) are just going thru the formalities as to give the impression of a just and fair process. I hope I’m wrong, but fear that’s what is going to happen.

Anonymous
5 years ago

Related design is so poor when compared to Nader. One can only imagine the level of influence Perez has on MDC. I believe he has spent big money on lobbying and financing political campaigns. I can’t see how MDC wants to be associated with this.

Simeon
5 years ago

Without a doubt the Nader design is so much superior

snoɯʎuou∀
5 years ago

Well…He isn’t wrong.

suomynona
5 years ago

Two things:

1. What Nader says about a small museum in the Related bid is true. MDC requested a museum of at least 100,000 sqft and the Related proposal only offers 45,000 sqft. Nader proposed nearly 250,000 sqft of museum space. Both projects proposed an additional ~35,000 sqft of sculpture gardens.

I would’ve thought underbidding the museum by more than half would’ve hurt Related’s chances at winning the project. I guess not?

2. I don’t like Nader’s towers. They’re…bland. They just don’t have the same sense of “artsiness” that the podium has. They seem more of an afterthought. Related’s towers aren’t any new or unique concept, either, but at least they’re new and different for Miami. And they’re more interesting to look at, for sure.

To be fair, I wouldn’t consider either developers’ tower “iconic”. That is reserved only for Pi Art and Oppenheim, in my opinion. But if I had to choose Between Nader and Related, I’d choose the one with nearly 300,000 sqft of museum and sculpture garden space (vs less than 100,000 sq ft) and hope they do something to liven up the towers.

Anonymous
5 years ago

Crazy how the bid that doesn’t give them the museum space that they ask for wins the bidding process.

Dev1
5 years ago

FYI: MDC sent a message to all the proposers once they got the Related offer that it was ok to reduce the museum size to 45,000….the fix was in

Ex-Brooklynite
5 years ago

Has anybody been to PAMM lately? Took Brooklyn friends there two weeks ago. It was an embarrassing experience except for the building which is magnificent to look at and experience but houses nada inside. FIVE exhibition halls were closed. Asked guard why and he said they were preparing the rooms for new exhibits. The kindest thing I can say about the rest of the exhibits were that they were unexciting.

It was Sunday and the museum was practically empty. It gave the feeling that it’s going out of business.

Perez should be ashamed of himself to force his name on a building where there is none of his art collection on exhibit. And now he will have another place to put his name and do nothing to deserve it.

Anonymous
5 years ago

Wife and I love art (credentials include an art history degree and working for an artist). Went once. Never again

Anonymous
5 years ago

What a shame!!! At least we have the building to boot…

CTS
5 years ago

We have to put in perspective how all this bidding came about, Nader was the one who first approached the MDC with his vision. Related and his team have been seeing the MDC’s land, currently functioning as a parking lot, forever; only now after Nader came out with his unsolicited proposal Related who’s supposed to be the largest development in town never saw the importance of this land, they’re trying to copycat Nader’s vision. Furthermore, Related president Jorge Perez has never done anything meaningful for the museum he put his name on.

It’s very obvious in the Related’s proposal that they don’t want to build nothing there for the next 5 years because they have in the same area thousands and thousands of apartments they must sell first.

Nader on the other hand is building the largest and most comprehensive cultural institution to promote Latin American art and culture, incorporating fine art, dance, film, performance, theater, and music and counting with nothing less than the biggest talent in town Emilio Estefan.

Nader is building this institution around an existing collection worth $60 millions consisted of 1000+ artworks and 250+ important artists; he is also donating $60 millions cash to the MDC.

Related on their side is building a cultural institution a third of the size on Nader’s with no art. They even mentioned a Sculpture Garden, what’s a Sculpture Garden with NO sculptures, contrasting, Nader has promised dozens of monumental sculptures for his cultural center.

It’s obvious to me that Jorge Perez doesn’t like the idea of having a real major museum in town. With all the facts, the public will make the conclusion; the Nader’s proposal far from competing will indeed complement all the existing cultural institutions in the area.

Anonymous
5 years ago

I do not know Nader personally but his design is one of the most beautiful ones I’ve seen for our skyline. I thought that related proposal was the ugliest of the four. It will be a very sad day for the history of architecture and culture in Miami if the related proposal is chosen. It could not have been more hurtful to the eye!

Anonymous
5 years ago

Not gonna lie, I haven’t taken the full VIP virtual tour of either project yet, but I’m gonna go with Nader’s project by default. I’ll vomit in my own mouth if I see another Arquitectonica project hit the Miami skyline.

R R
5 years ago

Fixed ? No way !! Dr Padron CANT BE BOUGHT OR BULLIED ! He will choose the best for the college. This is his legacy too
Nader is giving a $60 million collection and $60 million in cash plus an cultural center of over 400,000 sqf
Related is giving less than half on the size and no monies
How did they ended on first place is a mistery to me

Anonymous
4 years ago

Tons of Washed Latin Money = Culture

Anonymous
4 years ago

It is nice to see all this “narco traffacante”money being successfully washed through these two clowns in the name of Brito culture. Neither has an art historical degree or interest. They love art that is popular and worth lots of money. Their measure of greatness is based on how much an object is worth. They dont know the difference between atypical and typical, average and exceptional. Show then something great, that is overlooked, ask them what a revisionist art historian is and they will have no clue. If the FBI were to investigate these two they would busy for years. It would make the Panama Papers read like an Archie’s Comic Book.

Anonymous
5 years ago

It is not just about the architecture of the structures housing the art, it is more about the fact that Nader will fill the walls of the Nader Museum with actual works of art unlike the PAM.
I have visited the Nader art gallery and this is by far the best collection in Miami.

305
5 years ago

How many feet tall is the related proposal?

Anonymous
5 years ago

Who cares?
It’s blatantly unimaginative and lacking in style

305
5 years ago

How many feet tall is the Nader Proposal?

Anonymous
5 years ago

One thing everyone is forgetting is that Related is the ONLY developer on the list of hopefuls that has ACTUALLY developed anything! Pretty pictures do not a building make and although Nader has a nice design, buying a paint brush does not make one an artist.

Anonymous
5 years ago

I think you mean Related has ACTUALLY developed here in Miami. Yes, they do a lot of work but not necessarily high quality work. The quality of their best projects do not come close or compare to any project in New York City, where developers are conscious of the overall impact a project has on the city and do not cut corners to increase profit- which is what they are know for.

Anonymous
5 years ago

Developers are millions all over the world ….in every city.. Related has done nothing in Miami but very common buildings.. no aporta nada!!
Now they are trying to stop a visionary project.. one that finally will enhance our cultural landscape.
They should be ashamed.!!

Anonymous
4 years ago

It is nice to see all this “narco traffacante”money being successfully washed through these two clowns in the name of Brito culture. Neither has an art historical degree or interest. They love art that is popular and worth lots of money. Their measure of greatness is based on how much an object is worth. They dont know the difference between atypical and typical, average and exceptional. Show then something great, that is overlooked, ask them what a revisionist art historian is and they will have no clue. If the FBI were to investigate these two they would busy for years. It would make the Panama Papers read like an Archie’s Comic Book.