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December 01, 2014

Dispute Over North Miami Art Museum Yields New Institution

Former directors and staffers of the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami, Fla., will announce plans Monday for a new, privately financed museum that grew out of a recently settled standoff with North Miami officials, writes The New York Times. Construction of the Institute of Contemporary Art Miami in the city's Design District will be financed by billionaire car dealer Norman Braman and his wife, Irma, a longtime head of the board at MoCA, as the the North Miami museum is known.

Leaders in North Miami, which owns the MoCA building, objected earlier this year to a board plan to merge the museum with another institution in Miami Beach, leading to a court fight. The Miami Herald reported reported last month that the two sides had reached a mediated agreement to split MoCA's collection and drop all legal actions. Ms. Braman declined to disclose the amount of the gift, which will pay for a 37,000-square-foot home for the Institute of Contemporary Art Miami. The new museum opened last week in temporary quarters.