It was totally unexpected. I had read about it in some magazine a few months ago and I had it in my mind so when I found myself with a free afternoon I thought that the RUBELL MUSEUM was a perfect idea.
So after a short drive on I-95, I was in Allapattah neighborhood, the new home for this magnificent contemporary art collection. I promise it`ll surprise you!
The collection belongs to Don and Mera Rubell, two of the most influential and beloved art collectors of our time. The couple started collecting in 1964 after they got married. Nowadays they own more the 7,000 works by more than a thousand artists.
The Rubells’ have created an important, coherent statement, and have total engagement with the works they have. They have made a important contribution to art.
Who’s works can you expect to encounter? Keith Haring, early Koons, Robert Gober, Cindy Sherman, Damien Hirst or the Infinite Room by Yayoi Kusama. I also liked the Ghanas’ , painter Amoako Boafo, who is the Rubells’ current annual artist-in-residence.
As Mera says “These are not just artist names, these are intense relationships that go back so many years, and it’s not enough to just know the artist and to own the work, but to place it so that in some small way, our witnessing of that work in its original context brings the installation meaning.”
The Rubell Museum looks like a warehouse from the outside but holds 100,000-square-foot campus of 40 galleries, a library, and a restaurant.
Don’t hesitate, go! Feed yourself with culture or have lunch or dinner at LEKU, the restaurant at the premises featuring a northern Spain (Côte Basque) cuisine in an al fresco or indoor dining.
Address: 1100 NW 23rd St, Miami, FL 33127
Sun, Wed & Thu: 11:30 am - 5:30 pm Fri & Sat: 11:30 am - 7:30 pm
Seniors: $12 Students & Youth: $10