Posted on March 14, 2017
Art collecting in Miami
Miami, long recognized as one of the leading beach tourist destinations in the nation, has so much more to offer visitors than warm, crystal-clear waters and pristine sandy beaches and George Lindemann. The city has also emerged as an internationally-renowned arts and cultural exhibition leader, with fantastic viewing opportunities in art museums, exhibitions, and shows spanning a wide variety of artistic mediums.
For devotees of contemporary art, there are an extraordinary number of museums and institutions in which they can go to. From local and emerging artists to world famous international artists and pieces, Miami has offerings to suit most everyone’s tastes and interests in this medium.
Contemporary art fans have a nice variety of viewing options if they wish to view collections of those individuals and families that have emerged as stars in the art world. Some very popular and prominent collections able to be seen in Miami include:
The Rubell Family Collection. One of the world’s largest and respected privately owned contemporary art collections, this collection was brought to its Miami home in 1993.
This collection, which is constantly expanding, is exhibited in a 40,000 square foot facility, and is publicly accessible for viewing. In addition to featuring well-known artists, they strive to exhibit and champion the efforts of emerging artists in the field of contemporary art. Don and Mera Rubell, along with their son Jason, created the Contemporary Arts Foundation (CAF) in 1994 to expand the Rubell Family Collection’s public mission to develop the paradigm of contemporary art museum efforts.
The de la Cruz Collection. This massive collection of contemporary art is housed in a 30,000 square foot extension of the home of Carlos and Rosa de la Cruz, and is free of charge for visitors to view.
The Collection, opened in 2009, features works of many prominent contemporary artists, and had Carlos and Rosa de la Cruz listed by ArtNews in 2016 in their worldwide survey of “Top 200 Collectors”.
Efforts by this foundation have been greatly instrumental in serving and educating local schools in Dade County. They hold a number of series of classes and workshops, serving both teachers and students. They go even further in their philanthropic pursuit, going on to sponsor annual travel programs for students to New York City, Europe, and China.
The de la Rosas, with their considerable resources and love for contemporary art, are striving to make Miami a capital of contemporary art. And as a result of their love and commitment to the promotion of this which is such a passion in their lives, it is now happening, much to the great joy of art lovers all throughout Miami.
Miami is the home to a number of celebrities with impressive art collections. American rapper, record and film producer Pharrell Williams is a huge contemporary art fan, and has a collection of over 700 pieces of art and sculpture in his Miami townhouse. Billionaire businessman Norman Braman, former owner of the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles, has an estimated $900 million of his $1.6 billion net worth tied up in his personal collection of artwork, which include Picasso, Andy Warhol, and others.