The Rubell Family Collection Will Move to New Selldorf-Designed Miami Location in 2018

The opening is slated to coincide with Art Basel in Miami Beach's 2018 edition.

The current home of the Rubell family collection. Courtesy the Rubell Family Collecttion
The current home of the Rubell family collection. Courtesy the Rubell Family Collecttion

The Rubell Family Collection will move from its home of 23 years to a new 100,000-square-foot space in the Allapattah area of Miami, due for completion in 2018.

According to an announcement by the Rubell Family Foundation, the new building will sit in a 2.5-acre campus and gains additional 60,000 square feet of gallery space for the foundation. Designed by Selldorf Architects, the new building represents a new chapter in the already highly successful history of the Rubell Family Collection (RFC).

“The new museum will allow us to concurrently present four thematic exhibitions which will highlight historical works from the Collection as well as the Collection’s most recent acquisitions,” RFC director Juan Valadez said in a statement. “In the new museum we will also greatly expand our education, research, and studio residency programs.”

Rubell Family Collection. New museum in Allapattah District of Miami designed by Selldorf Architects, Exterior view. Courtesy the Rubell Family Collection

Rubell Family Collection. New museum in Allapattah District of Miami designed by Selldorf Architects, Exterior view. Courtesy the Rubell Family Collection

The Rubell Family Foundation will sell the current location, an ex-DEA warehouse for goods confiscated by the police, in preparation for the move to the new space in around two years’ time. The new building will include a whopping 40 exhibition spaces, a lecture theater, an event space, and a sculpture garden.

“As a family, we enjoy the process of discovery, whether it’s new artists or emerging neighborhoods,” Mera Rubell said in the statement. “It is time for us to reimagine our Foundation in a very exciting emerging neighborhood. We’ve purchased the new property, completed plans, and will begin construction shortly, with the goal of opening in time for Art Basel in Miami Beach 2018.”

Rubell also spoke about how much the area of Wynwood had changed since they had moved in more than two decades ago; from a district full of warehouse buildings to an area full of galleries, restaurants, shops, and other institutions including the Margulies Collection at the Warehouse.

Selldorf Architects are also responsible for the LUMA foundation in Arles, the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts,the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, and the upcoming expansion of the Frick Collection in New York.


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