Dale Chihuly Merletto Basket Set (detail), 2019. Courtesy © Chihuly Studio/Scott Mitchell Leen

Southwest Florida Guide to the Arts

In the Land of Masters

Chihuly, Magritte and more icons delight in the recently expanded The Baker Museum.

When The Baker Museum opened in 2000 (then known as Naples Art Museum), it marked a significant moment for the city’s art profile. An opening exhibit with Dale Chihuly spoke to the caliber of talent the museum would attract to Southwest Florida. Part of Artis—Naples, the cultural institution has continued its upward trajectory since.   Last year, the museum debuted a fabulous update to its facility with a sleek design done to the tune of $26.5 million. The New York-based Weiss/Manfredi Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism was tapped to repair the building after its Irma damage, and expand the footprint. The community got a glimpse of the renovation when The Baker reopened last December, but more was promised and the pandemic delayed locals’ full  introduction to the new center. Now, with its doors reopened, The Baker Museum introduces its newest annex: a three-story beauty with educational spaces, auxiliary galleries and a third-floor terrace with views to the Gulf. Of the exhibits, the most anticipated is Dreaming Forms: Chihuly Then and Now, which honors the artist’s 20-year relationshi
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