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Rubell Family Collection

Miami  |  United States of America  | 

Rubell Family Collection

The Rubells created their collection by looking at art, talking with artists, and trusting their instincts. They started collecting 54 years ago when Don was in medical school and Mera was teaching at Head Start, and continue to follow the same practice today, now with their son Jason. They acquired their first work after a studio visit and were only able to do so by paying on a modest weekly installment plan.

IC

What was the first piece of artwork you purchased, and when was this?

Mera & Donald Rubell

I wish it was a Robert Motherwell from 1964 when we started collecting.

IC

Why do you collect?

Mera & Donald Rubell

Why do people climb mountains? We collect because it’s an adventure, it’s a discovery, it’s a frontier, and there’s lots to learn.

IC

Does your collection follow a concept or a specific theme?

Mera & Donald Rubell

We’re attracted to art that we don’t understand because it has the most to teach us.

IC

Do you have a personal relationship with the artists you collect?

Mera & Donald Rubell

Not always, but most.

IC

Why did you decide to make your collection publicly accessible?

Mera & Donald Rubell

We are fortunate that the gallerists and artists make available to us their best works. And it seems unreasonable, selfish, and self-defeating not to share it with the public.

IC

Which other publicly accessible private collection would you recommend visiting?

Mera & Donald Rubell

Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo in Torino, Italy and Sammlung Hoffmann in Berlin, Germany.

Isa Genzken,
Isa Genzken, "Schauspieler", 2013. Courtesy the Rubell Family Collection, Miami
Lisa Yuskavage,
Lisa Yuskavage, "Northview", 2000. Courtesy Rubell Family Collection, Miami
Janine Antoni,
Janine Antoni, "Eureka", 1993. Courtesy Rubell Family Collection, Miami
Mira Dancy,
Mira Dancy, "Snake Rose OBE", 2014. Courtesy Rubell Family Collection, Miami
Mai-Thu Perret,
Mai-Thu Perret, "Apocalypse Ballet (Pink Ring)", 2006. Courtesy Rubell Family Collection, Miami
Anicka Yi,
Anicka Yi, "ALZ/AZN", 2015. Courtesy Rubell Family Collection, Miami
Kara Walker,
Kara Walker, "Camptown Ladies", 1998. Courtesy the Rubell Family Collection, Miami
Lisa Yuskavage,
Lisa Yuskavage, "Northview", 2000. Courtesy the Rubell Family Collection, Miami
Barbara Kruger,
Barbara Kruger, "Untitled (Money Makes Money)", 2001. Courtesy the Rubell Family Collection, Miami

All images courtesy of Rubell Family Collection, Miami

For more information on the Rubell Family Collection visit this post by Independent Collectors and the BMW Art Guide by Independent Collectors.