Whilst I was lucky enough to see some amazing things in Miami, I was dissapointed to miss out on seeing the amazing Rubell Family Collection, and its new exhibition “Beg Borrow and Steal”. The amazing 45,000 sq. ft. museum, was filled with 260 works by 74 artist’s of massive magnitude. From Marcel Duchamp to Andy Warhol to Jeff Koons to Takashi Marakami to Nate Lowman to Richard Prince.

Luckily for me and anyone else who missed out, Vernissage TV were on hand to film their walk through.

About The Rubell Family Collection

The Rubell Family Collection (RFC) is one of the leading collections of contemporary art in the world. Started in 1964, soon after Don and Mera Rubell were married, the collecting group expanded some years later when their children Jason and Jennifer, then quite young, joined their parents in buying and collecting art. Recently Jason’s wife Michelle joined the collecting team alongside her husband. The family’s extensive collection of works dates from the 1960s to the present.

The Collection is housed and exhibited in a converted 30,000-square-foot former Drug Enforcement Agency (D.E.A.) confiscated-goods warehouse. Open to the public since 1996, the Collection features rotating exhibitions of work by such prominent artists as Maurizio Cattelan, Marlene Dumas, David Hammons, Keith Haring, Damien Hirst, Anselm Kiefer, Jeff Koons, Paul McCarthy, Takashi Murakami, Neo Rauch, Charles Ray, Gregor Schneider, Cindy Sherman, Luc Tuymans and Kara Walker The museum features twenty-seven galleries, a research library with over 40,000 volumes, a new media room, a bookstore, a gift shop and a sculpture garden.

Over the last number of years, the Rubell Family Collection has presented large solo exhibitions of such historical and influential figures as Keith Haring and Richard Prince. We have also presented solo exhibitions of a new generation of artists, like Franz Ackermann, Francis Alÿs, Hernan Bas, Eberhard Havekost, Jim Lambie, Andrea Lehmann and Andro Wekua.

RFC operates as a museum with a strong policy of loaning works to other institutions to support their exhibition activities. Some recent loans have gone to the following institutions: Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg; Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth; Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles; The Museum of Modern Art in New York; Schaulager in Basel; Tate Modern; and Whitney Museum of American Art.

In addition, as part of its exhibition services, the RFC regularly produces exhibitions that travel from the Collection in Miami to museums, university galleries and other educational institutions around the world, thereby presenting the work to a larger audience. Recent traveling exhibitions include “Memorials of Identity: New Media from the Rubell Family Collection,” which was presented at The Art Gallery of Florida Gulf Coast University, Corcoran Gallery of Art / College of Art + Design, Haifa Museum of Art, Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, and Tampa Museum of Art; and “Life After Death: New Leipzig Paintings from the Rubell Family Collection,” which was also presented at American University Museum, Frye Art Museum, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, MASS MoCA, Richard E. Peeler Art Center at DePauw Univeristy, Salt Lake Art Center, and SITE Sante Fe. “Eberhard Havekost 1996-2006: Paintings from the Rubell Family Collection” was presented at American University Museum, The Art Gallery of Florida Gulf Coast University, and Tampa Museum of Art.

The Rubell Family is passionately committed to the art and artists to which they respond. As art patrons first and foremost, and as the heart and soul of an innovative collecting institution, the Rubells focus their efforts on acquiring a large body of work from a particular artist, and conserving that body of work for future generations. Most of the artists in the collection have several of their works on display simultaneously, offering visitors a complete overview of an artist’s oeuvre.

Photos from the show itself.(Courtesy of RFC)


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