The Rubell Family Collection (RFC) announced today a planned move in 2018 to a new 100,000-square-foot museum set on a 2.5-acre campus in Miami’s Allapattah District. The expansion and new campus will more than double RFC’s current 40,000-square-foot museum space in Miami’s Wynwood District. The new museum is designed by Selldorf Architects of New York and is slated to open December 2018. A model of the design will be on view at RFC's current location during Art Basel Miami Beach Week 2016.
In the art world, Selldorf Architects designed museum expansions at Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, MA; Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego in La Jolla, CA; as well as renovations for Neue Galerie in New York; Le Stanze del Vetro in Venice, Italy and others. New York gallery renovations include those in Chelsea for David Zwirner, Gladstone Gallery and Hauser & Wirth. Selldorf Architects also creates residential designs for homes in The Hamptons.
The Rubell Family Collection’s dramatic expansion and move is motivated by the desire to exhibit a greater proportion of the collection and expand the collection's programming, according to RFC. They have been located in Wynwood for around 23 years.
“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," stated Juan Valadez, Director of the Rubell Family Collection, in the announcement. "In the new museum, we will also greatly expand our education, research and studio residency programs.”
The new museum will feature 40 exhibition galleries, a research library, lecture hall, event space, visible storage facility and sculpture garden with plants native to South Florida and a restaurant.
Annabelle Selldorf, the Principal of Selldorf Architects, stated, “This project is unique in its collaborative approach between Selldorf Architects and the Rubell family. Our collective goal in the design was to define a space in which proportion and circulation are paramount to the essence of viewing and experiencing art. We strived to create rooms where our collective memory allowed us to say that these are great rooms to view art.”
Mera Rubell stated, “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.”
The Rubell Family Collection will sell their current 40,000-square-foot building—a former DEA warehouse for confiscated goods—in order to prepare for the move to the future space. The new museum, designed in collaboration with Allapattah-based McKenzie Construction, will act as a catalyst for an emerging cultural, fashion, and culinary neighborhood.
A scale model and renderings of the new building will be on view from Wednesday, November 30, to Sunday, December 4, 2016, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Rubell Family Collection, 95 NW 29 St, Miami, Florida.
Two new exhibitions open at the Rubell Family Collection timed to Art Basel Miami Beach Week. They are "High Anxiety: New Acquisitions" and "New Shamans/Novos Xamãs: Brazilian Artists." Click here for details on both.
BASIC FACTS: The Rubell Family Collection is currently located at 95 NW 29 ST, Miami, FL 33127. The collection is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. for Art Basel Miami Beach Week (November 30 to December 4, 2016). www.rfc.museum.
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