Art

Mera and Don Rubell Renew their Vow to Miami with the Rubell Museum

From left: Juan Roselione-Valadez, Director of the Rubell Museum, Jason Rubell, Mera Rubell and Don Rubell.
From left: Juan Roselione-Valadez, Director of the Rubell Museum, Jason Rubell, Mera Rubell and Don Rubell.

After more than half a century collecting contemporary art, Mera and Don Rubell had, once again, run out of storage space. It was 2016 and their touring exhibition “30 Americans”—which showcases some of the most renowned works by thirty-one African American artists, from Purvis Young and Jean-Michel Basquiat to Lorna Simpson—had been leapfrogging across the country from Washington DC to Detroit to Tucson since 2008. But it was only a matter of time until the hundreds of works of art would have to return home to Miami, and the family had nowhere to receive the crates. There was no vacancy at the Rubell Family Collection, their 40,000-square-foot public space in Wynwood in operation since 1993.

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