Friday, December 2, 2016

In Miami, the Rubell family's 7,000-piece collection gets a new museum

By Laura van Straaten
The Rubell Family at the Rubell Family Collection in Miami, on chairs by the Chinese artist He Xiangyu, from left: Michelle, Jason, Samuel, Ella, Jennifer, Max Wyss Rubell (on lap), Mera, Stevie Kim-Rubell, Don, and Olivia. Sittings editor: Photo by Rineke Dijkstra.
FLORIDA---This year during Miami’s art week, the artwork newly on view at the Rubell Family Collection’s first bifurcated exhibition in many years—with contemporary Brazilian art on the ground floor and recently acquired artworks that take on various forms of social anxiety on the upper level—may be upstaged by the museum itself. As family members and longtime museum director Juan Roselione-Valadez joined them to play at rearranging dollhouse-sized images of some of the more the 7,000 artworks in the collection, folks like David Maupin of Lehmann Maupin and his husband Stefano Tonchi, editor in chief of W, popped in for a peek and to offer congratulations. [link]